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fig.: Ryan Trecartin, Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin 'Living Comp', 2011. Built around: Ready (Re'Search Waits) 2009-2010, HD video, 26 minutes, 49
seconds. Unique sculptural theater Installation view: Any Ever MoMA PS1,
Long Island City, NY, curated by Klaus Biesenbach, June 19 - Sept 3, 2011
(C) Ryan Trecartin, Lizzie Fitch, Courtesy MoMA PS1, New York, and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York. Photo: (C) Matthew Septimus/PS12011.


How can identity be created in a global, virtualized, inter-changeable world?

At the exhibition 'Infinite Jest' from 5 June until 7 September 2014, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt will throw lights on the construction of identity in today's global, virtualized world with its interchangeable realities: keywords like transparent people in common digital social networks, quantified self, body hacking introduce into some main themes that inspired the collection of artworks by eighteen artists at this group exhibition. One of the 'Infinite Jest' artists is US filmmaker Ryan Trecartin whose videos appear like nervous phone-camera shots of short-termed constructions of selves that are switching between genders and various looks. Ryan Trecartin was cited at The White Review's article 'The Real Internet Is Inside You': "I love the idea of technology and culture moving faster than the understanding of those mediums by people."

The people in Ryan Trecartin's art-videos look like on experimental search for identity. The Schirn doesn't limit the artistic exploration of today's lifestyle to the construction of the perfect self, but questions also the self-relatedness of today's society.

Max Hollein, director of the Schirn: "Expressions like quantified self, body hacking, and burnout are endemic in today's media. Absolute optimization and perfection are required from each individual in the global world around the clock. What about the other side and the consequences of this continuous circling of man around himself?"


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