Contributions by Christopher Glazek, Bridget Crone, Kenneth Goldsmith, and Ossian Ward. Edited by Paul Luckraft, Maitreyi Maheshwari, and Isabel Venero
The only book devoted to Priority Innfield, the multi-room installation first exhibited at the 2013 Venice Biennale, this volume offers a number of entry-points into an in-depth consideration of Fitch and Trecartin’s practice. Ossian Ward interviews Lizzie Fitch to draw out the finer points of the artists’ collaborative process and discuss the crucial role of materials and objects in the creation of atmospheres and narratives. Bridget Crone considers the bodies that populate the movies, and how they might symbolize the desire to reach for an allusive freedom from ‘swampy’ structures of control. New York–based poet and teacher Kenneth Goldsmith’s draws attention to the connections between Modernist language experiments and Ryan Trecartin as a writer for the digital age. Christopher Glazek’s close knowledge of the Fitch and Trecartin process allows a reflection on the complex way the contents of their art intersects with real world locations and histories, both personal and political.
Edited by Ellen Blumenstein; essays by Ellen Blumenstein and Thomas Miessgang
On the occasion of the debut of Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin’s sound and video installation Site Visit (2014) at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, this volume features essays by curator Ellen Blumenstein and critic Thomas Miessgang expanding on the work’s themes, structure, and complex sonic composition, as well as an image-based presentation of the exhibition and video.
The six-channel video component of the work was shot in a former Masonic temple in Los Angeles. Inspired by its unusual organization and structure—a five-story warren of large, cavernous rooms akin to a convention center—the movie’s protagonist is the building itself. Echoing the game-like narratives from the movies comprising Priority Innfield (2013), it is the premise-driven context that locates agency and meaning in Site Visit.
Starting as a spatial soundscape, Site Visit unfolded over a number of anterior rooms and evolved into a complex installation in the exhibition hall. In this part of the exhibition space, the artists presented a six-channel video on projection screens situated in a way that mirrors the video’s own 5.1 surround sound, engaging the visual, sonic, and physical fields as a combined object.
Hardcover, 10¼ x 13¾ inches, 160 pages
Published by Walther Koenig, Cologne (2015)