- Metronome (Stephanie Barber, 16mm, 10min., 1998)
- Rib Gets In The Way (Steve Reinke, HD video, 52min., 2014)
“Nietzsche is the only fun, reasonable way out of any moral or political quagmire.”
In Steve Reinke’s newest long-form video, Rib Gets in the Way, the irreverent artist and essayist ruminates upon mortality, creative (and other) impulses, PrEP and Nietzsche. Assembling a free-form series of vignettes, the final and longest section of the video presents an animated children’s adaptation of Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophical novel Thus Spoke Zarathustra (1883–85), with colorful creatures animated with frequent collaborator, Jessie Mott.
Of her 1998 short, Stephanie Barber notes, “Metronome is both the most straightforward, as well as the most difficult of my films. it is very dear to my heart. the radio play soundtrack is off-set by the intractable image "spaces." the former seems to balance precariously between kitsch and true heartrending emotion and the latter is referencing the asceticism of seventies minimalism (in experimental film) with the impenetrable intellectualism becoming increasingly moving as the film progresses. the marriage of these two elements is an odd tension, the tale of the play, the threat of limb extraction, asks the necessity of the whole and what the elements are which compose complete "production."