Ryan Trecartin, Sibling Topics (Section A), 2009. Movie still. Courtesy of the artist
6 Apr – 30 Sep 2019
PROGRAM B

2009
Video HD, 51’, 26”
Any Ever | Trill-ogy Comp

Sibling Topics (Section A) adopts a narrative and style that is more cinematic and seemingly straightforward than any of Trecartin’s other works. The
artist plays quadruplet sisters named Ceader, Britt,Adobe, and Deno. Their personal boundaries are indistinct,and so is the notion of how they function asa group: are they a family or a corporation? As withthe Koreas, the answer is both. The sisters set off on a series of episodic adventures, some of which are defined as “premises”: situations initiated by those who have predetermined their tone, terms,and trajectory. Sibling Topics counter balances the circularity of K-CoreaINC.K, and together they explore polar dimensions of narrative absurdity and the persistence of communities to form, hybridise, and thrive in any circumstance, even an imaginary one. — Kevin McGarry

Ryan Trecartin’s Any Ever comprises seven autonomous but interrelated videos. The work is structured as a diptych, with Trill-ogy Comp (three movies) as one side and Re’Search Wait’S (four movies) as the other.

The title Trill-ogy Comp freely associates with the words “trill” and “comp”—as in the musical sound resulting from rapidly alternating between two notes, or the phonetic sound produced by rolling Rs, or other iterations of linguistic tremolo; and as in “composition,” “complement,” “comprehension,” and in general, with regard to a sense of built completeness, especially in reference to music and in digital editing. This wordplay hints at the frenetic interplay within Trill-ogy Comp, as well as the role Trill-ogy Comp plays as the more kinetic half of Any Ever. The narrative development of each video follows the structuralist unity of form and content, self-reflexively building formal logics through abstraction. — Kevin McGarry

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