Steve Reinke & Jessie Mott – Everybody (USA , 2009, 04:00 min)

This short fable depicts how animals suffer from the exact same interpersonal everyday struggles as we humans do. As an example a snippet from the conversation between a deer and a rabbit: “RABBIT: And your ass is like a peach, like a peach ass. DEER W/ UNICORN HORN: Stop staring all of you. There won’t be enough room for you to climb in; I am too small in the necessary spaces.” Steve Reinke developed Everybody together with Jessie Mott, who made the drawings and the script for this video.

BIO: Steve Reinke is an artist and writer best known for his videos. His work is screened widely and is in several collections, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Pompidou (Paris), and the National Gallery (Ottawa). His tapes typically have diaristic or collage formats, and his autobiographical voice-overs share his desires and pop culture appraisals with endearing wit.

Jessie Mott is a visual artist who currently lives in Chicago. Her practice encompasses painting, drawing, collage, sculptural objects, video and installation that speak to a dream-like or nightmarish quality of fantasy and the grotesque. In 2009, she collaborated with Steve Reinke on the animation EVERYBODY, which has been screened in national and international festivals. She earned an MFA from Northwestern University and a BFA from New York University.