Ryan Trecartin at Kunst-Werke Berlin
Ryan Trecartin, SITE VISIT
Curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Ellen Blumenstein
September 14, 2014 - January 11, 2015
Kunst-Werke Institute of Contemporary Art
10117 Berlin, Germany
For the first institutional solo exhibition of Ryan Trecartin in Germany, the KW Institute for Contemporary art will present a new multi-channel film and expansive site-specific installation designed in collaboration with Lizzie Fitch, Trecartin's longtime creative partner. The work will broaden the artist's use of sound, and challenge conventional modes of audiences' engagement with different media.
A multi-channel film and sound installation form the centerpiece of this new project for KW. The exhibition explores sound's dual function: as a "soundtrack" comprised of dialogue and music, and at the same time as an independent component that can be experienced three-dimensionally. Starting as a spatial soundscape, the work unfolds over a number of rooms on the ground floor. The viewer experiences the work sonically prior to the visually, as the show evolves into a complex installation in the exhibition hall. There, Trecartin presents his newest movie, a video work that situates various projection screens throughout the exhibition space in a way that mirrors the movie's own 5.1 surround sound, engaging with the visual, sonic, and physical fields as a combined object.