Reinke's latest is the work of an artist in-between. With his characteristic casually cutting humour, Reinke discourses on dislocations and death, drawing on material shot in Canada and the States, on home movies and digital animations, on circle jerks and Peanuts cartoons. Sad Disco Fantasia wraps irony in irony, so that each statement, each image, seems to imply its obverse, and then several possible versions of itself. (Images Festival Catalogue, 2001)
A gentler but no less mournful spirit inflects Steve Reinke's Sad Disco Fantasia. Relocated temporarily to Los Angeles, the acerbic videomaker says (jokingly, we hope) that this is his final video. Linking the deaths of his mother and cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, porn and Michael Jackson, Reinke mixes and matches hypnotic digital animations with Super 8 and video footage to create a work of ironic, meditative foreboding. It's a work that expertly sums up a festival where the message remains much more significant than the medium. And where film and video are analogous, digital or otherwise. ("The Images Festival" by Jason McBride, Take One, 2001)
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