Ryan Trecartin, The Re’Search, 2009-2010. Movie still. Courtesy of the artist
6 Apr – 30 Sep 2019
PROGRAM B

2009 – 2010
Video HD, 40’, 6”
Re’Search Wait’S

The Re’Search The Re’Search is a tween-aged microcosm of Any Ever. The movie is actual market research collected by Wait for Y-Ready. It doubles as the site of Wait’s vacation, as well as echoed versions of scenarios from other sections of Any Ever from which characters either reappear or are replicated here as young girls. Separately, it is a production commissioned for Voy, a pigtailed pseudo–Olsen Twin, by her prop lesbian parents. However, Voy herself moves in and out of the action, blurring the boundaries of what is inside and outside reality and fiction. Framed as research subjects and thus ostensibly as anthropological content, the young girls in the movie serve— Kevin McGarry

Re’Search Wait’S comprises four movies: Ready,The Re’Search, Roamie View: History Enhancement, and Temp Stop. The setting of this other side of the Any Ever diptych is a complicated industry predicated on the supremacy of metaphysically evolved market research. The base commodities are personality traits; while ordinarily they are considered malleable, here they ossify into static examples (“examplize,” to use Trecartin’s term) that can be traded among owners. […] As a picture of modern consumer society literalized to an extreme, Re’Search Wait’S verges on social science-fiction; and by examplizing Any Ever’s other half into fuel for their own stories, these works tie the seven together as a yin and yang of nihilism and boundless meaning. — Kevin McGarry

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