Magazine article Artforum International

Ryan Trecartin

Magazine article Artforum International

Ryan Trecartin

Article excerpt

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 prosumer-ism 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 . …

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