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When We Were Monsters

Steve Reinke and James Richards

Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 19:00

"Chicago-based Steve Reinke and Berlin-based James Richards may be separated by twenty years of age and the Atlantic Ocean, but they shared a fascination with psychically haunted images that 'elect, fulfill or negate some desire.' Their collaborative videos combining various media clips are deeply unsettling, producing ambiguous, often visceral sensations rather than straightforward knowledge" (Jon Davies, Art & Queer Culture). This program will feature recent collaborations by James Richards and Steve Reinke, plus Anne McGuire's When I Was A Monster.


Steve Reinke, James Richards, What Weakens The Flesh Is The Flesh Itself, 2017, 41 min
Anne McGuire, When I Was A Monster, 1996, 6 min
Steve Reinke, James Richards, Untitled (work in progress), 2020, 14 min

Presented by Steve Reinke and James Richards

Steve Reinke (b. 1963, CA) is an artist and writer best known for his ongoing series of monologue-based videos Final Thoughts. He lives in Chicago. Exhibitions/screenings (selection): Images Festival, Toronto (2018); The Genital is Superfluous, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin (2017); International Film Festival Rotterdam (2015); Rib Gets In the Way, Whitney Biennial, New York (2014).

James Richards (b.1983, UK) is an artist whose video, sound and curatorial projects examine themes of obsession, desire and technology through the use of archival research, found footage and extensive collaboration. He lives in Berlin. Recent exhibitions include Crossing (with Leslie Thornton), Secession, Vienna (2018) and Requests And Antisongs, ICA, London (2016). Richards represented Wales at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017).


Program note: Before the screening, at 6:30 pm, Steve Reinke and exhibition curator Manuela Ammer invite visitors to join them on a walk through Reinke’s exhibition Butter, on view at mumok from March 6 to June 21, 2020.

  • with friendly support
€ 6 / reduced € 4,50