IMPAKT EVENT: STEVE REINKE
Location: IMPAKT Centre for Media Culture
Satirical monologues combined with found footage fragments and digital animation. Canadian artist Steve Reinke calls himself a Queer Nietzchean and shows his visions on the theme of the festival 2014, Soft Machines. At this evening you will see the short film “The Natural Look”. Reinke developed this piece at Impakt Works residency. He will also resite from his proza work “Faulty Translations from Achterberg”.
Reinke on ´The Natural Look´:
There is no future in reproduction. I have no concern with any species extending itself through time. You think you have given birth to a baby, when really you have given birth to a bus driver, or tax collector. Instead I’m interested in the placenta, the real mother of us all, forgotten discarded. The softest machine, all lipids and blood, that blooms and rots like any vegetal/floral martyr. That umbilical cord did not connect you to your mother. It connected you to that most partial of objects — the placenta — part you, part mom, all marytyr and garbage. It is not the after birth but the essence of birth itself. “The Natural Look” is a video dedicated to all things placental. It is constructed out of material all downloaded from the internet, mostly from Youtube. Nature films — both professional and amateur. Seven chapters are introduced by quotes from E. M. Cioran and Clarice Lispector, which provide a larger context for thinking placentally. The genital is superfluous, but pop music remains central.
Steve Reinke’s residency in the framework of EMARE is generously upported by the EU Culture Programme.