Ryan Trecartin b. 1981
What's The Love Making Babies For (2003)
2003, 20 min, color, sound

Trecartin's extraordinary digital manipulations reach a new level as he speculates in vivid animation about reproduction, sexuality, and contemporary moralities. Collapsing footage appropriated from television, the Internet, and pop culture, Trecartin and his elaborately costumed collaborators manufacture an alien yet familiar reality. Inside this startling new video world, technophile gods wearing acid-washed denim argue about the future of gender and produce cryptic TV commercials. In a surreal backyard town meeting, characters deliver disjointed polemics assembled from clashing phrases that could have originated in ad campaigns, instant messaging conversations, or twisted episodes of syndicated science fiction. Constructed from the raw material of disposable media clichés and fads, Trecartin's narrative leaves us to answer the riddles he poses.

Lizzie, Brian, Nick, Alison, Ben, Lyndsay, Will, Muffy, Asher, Rhett, Kenny, Ryan. -- Electronic Arts Intermix

© Ryan Trecartin, Courtesy of the Artist, Regen Projects and Sprüth Magers

Used with kind permission of Regen Projects, LA and Sprüth Magers

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