Critical Writing Index

Situation Hacker: Wayne Koestenbaum on the art of Ryan Trecartin

by Wayne Koestenbaum

Artforum, Summer 2009, v. 47, no. 10, pp. 271-279

In this revelatory article, Wayne Koestenbaum details his impressions of the art of Ryan Trecartin, a young video-maker that has quickly risen to startling success. The work consists of fairly long videos situated in created rooms or sets that feature multiple trans/genderless characters divulging the intimate nitty-gritty of their trivially unanchored minds. Trecartin’s work is a half celebratory, half apocalyptic reflection of contemporary culture through the lens of Youtube, one Koestenbaum finds fascinating and eminently successful.

ITEM 2009.041 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

A Family Finds EntertainmentRyan Trecartin

Tommy Chat Just E-mailed MeRyan Trecartin

I-Be AreaRyan Trecartin

Sibling Topics (Section A)Ryan Trecartin

K-Corea INC. K (Section A)Ryan Trecartin

Re'search Wait'S (Edit 1:Missing Re'search Corruption Budget)Ryan Trecartin

The Aboutthing (in the air)Ryan Trecartin

Now, in the SunroomRyan Trecartin