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A Boy Needs a Friend

23 min.
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Reinke, Steve
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In this latest installment of his ongoing video essay, “Final Thoughts”, Steve Reinke ostensibly turns to the subject of friendship. A Boy Needs a Friend delves into its topic head on, in particular investigating the notion of queer Nietzschean friendship. Using his signature dry voice over monologue to tie together an eclectic array of disparate images, ranging from found footage collages to digital animation and cell phone video, Reinke sets forth theories about the identity of Stephen King and Joyce Carol Oates, needle point doodles, the upsides of owning both US and Canadian citizenship, and the ability of corpses to have sex. “Final Thoughts” was begun in 2004 as a life project: it will be complete upon Reinke’s death. It is a collection of video essays, a stream of ongoing thoughts and provocative engagements. Forum Expanded screened The Tiny Ventriloquist: Final Thoughts, Series Two in 2012. A Boy Needs a Friend is part of The genital is Superfluous: Final Thoughts, Series Four (2016).

BIOGRAFIE Steve Reinke

Steve Reinke, born in 1963 in Eganville, Canada, lives and works in Chicago, USA. He is currently associate professor of Art Theory & Practice at Northwestern University. His work is widely screened and exhibited. Two books of his writing have been published, “Everybody Loves Nothing” and “The Shimmering Beast”.

FILMOGRAFIE Steve Reinke (selection)

2015 A Boy Needs a Friend  2014 The Natural Look  2014 Rib Gets in the Way: Final Thoughts, Series Three  2012 The Tiny Ventriloquist: Final Thoughts, Series Two  2012 A Day for Cake and Accidents  2011 The Tiny Ventriloquist  2011 Blood & Cinnamon  2010 Disambiguation  2010 Vomit Star  2009 Everybody   2008 Boy/Analysis: An Abridgement of Melanie Klein's 'Narrative of a Child Analysis'  2007 Hobbit Love is the Greatest Love  2007 Election Defeat  2007 The Mendi  2007 My Rectum is not a Grave  2006 Picnic  2006 Regarding the Pain of Susan Sontag  2005 Ghosts of Gay Porn  2005 Ask the Insects  2004 The Chocolate Factory  2004 Anthology of American Folk Song  2002 J.P  2002 Anal Masturbation and Object Loss  2001 Amsterdam Camera Vacation  2001 Sad Disco Fantasia  1999 Fireball  1999 Afternoon  1999 Spiritual Animal Kingdom  1998 Incidents of Travel  1998 How Photographs Are Stored in the Brain  1998 Echo Valley  1996 Everybody Loves Nothing  1989 The Hundred Videos 

Interview with Steve Reinke
Steve Reinke @ IMDb

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