Artist in Residence

Steve Reinke

IMPAKT Works had invited artist and writer Steve Reinke in 2010.

Steve Reinke (1963 Canada) is a conceptual video artist who’s works have been exhibited at museums and festivals worldwide such as the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Tate museum (London). He was associate professor of Art Theory & Practice at Northwestern University.
Steve Reinke’s video work is an extension of literature, focusing on performance and the voice. His proposed work for the IMPAKT Residency was called Brown Candy. For Brown Candy he extended his previous works and modes of working he had deployed over the past two decades. Where earlier work was often concerned with an interrogation of desire and subjectivity, more recent work, collected under the umbrella of Final Thoughts, concerns the limits of things: discourse, experience, events and thought.

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During his residency Steve Reinke worked on several titles simultanously. He finished his work on Beaver Skull Magick and The Tiny Ventriloquist and start a new video essay, Brown Candy, that included elements of his everyday life in Utrecht.

For Beaver Skull Magick, Reinke used strands of found footage which he weaved together. The work included an infamous internet video, video animation and archival footage of Grey Owl, a British man who famously fooled the Canadian nation pretending to be a Native Canadian, interacting with beavers.

For the Tiny Ventriloquist Reinke continued his exploration of voice in relation to the archival and animated image. Where his video essays often feature first-person monologues in an ironic/satiric mode, The Tiny Ventriloquist featured an extended dialogue between two narrators.

In his new work, Brown Candy, he developed particular arguments and lines of thought. The work had a more sustained essay structure, which was a break from his former works that tend to be more aphoristic.


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