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Ryan Trecartin, Roamie View: History Enhancement (Re’Search Wait’S), 2009–10, HD video, color, 28 minutes 23 seconds.

Ryan Trecartin

Ryan Trecartin, Roamie View: History Enhancement (Re’Search Wait’S), 2009–10, HD video, color, 28 minutes 23 seconds.

PRODUCTION MAY REALLY just be a creative way to thoughtfully consume. Inserting novel code into culture—code that can expand our ideas of what can be consumed. Even without this intention or focus, consumption can generate a gain in metaphysical weight. Childbirth, which is typically seen as some weird selfless and/or selfish act of productivity, is ultimately a very complicated system of consumption and collaboration—a kind of natural prosumerism synonymous with existence. Even giving a gift is an act of consuming response and appreciation—absorbing the vibe of your own sexy humanity. Or maybe, during moments of twisted intent, giving can become an act of consuming one’s pain, or regifting the hate you have for the ways in which you consume the generosity of others. In a very neutral and cute sense, nothing can be consumed without something being altered, produced, or shared. Creation and consumption are zodiac opposites: polar ends of the same attribute . . . a kind of polar sameness that an alien entity wouldn’t be able to perceive as having diversity in its parts—at least not without a mutual understanding of our languages and why they articulate meaning. Artists might simply be consumers who want total freedom in how they produce, network, and share attempts to transform endless proximities in the extradimensional meanings of being other. Everything experienced is probably in some way ready-made, as long as you believe perception to be a talent of the medium of Time. I’m personally very interested in art that manages to operate as a tool, a system, a generosity, an agency, and some kind of an actual alteration in the network of shared language and personal space-times. This is one reason why I love hammers, editing software, and humor: They are, in form and in function, everything that is IRL about freedom.