The American artist duo Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch succeeds like no one else in presenting the hyperactive, rapid and disturbed attention tendencies of the Facebook generation. Their films are visual metaphors of our surfing behaviour, right through to those annoying pop-up adverts.
In CENTER JENNY they construct a post-human world populated by various groups of girls, who are all called “Jenny”. Each group has its own uniform (from pink hooded sweatshirts to fluorescent green green-screen bikinis) – inspired by pop culture and American university uniforms – and aspires, just as in a video game, to acquire a higher level in the quest to become a “Jenny”. The term “basic Jenny” is thrown about as an hysterical four-letter word.
Extreme make-up, distorted voices and the use of infra-red cameras give the work a unique image and sound quality. The use of well-known American actresses (like Aubrey Plaza from Parks & Recreation, Alia Shawkat from Arrested Development and Jena Malone from The Hunger Games) who act in an extremely grotesque way, contributes to the artificial and futuristic feverish dream which Trecartin and Fitch unfold.
This is like no other film you’ve ever seen!
Written, directed, FX'd & edited by: Ryan Trecartin & Lizzie Fitch
Acting: Rachel Lord, Rene Plaza & Solomon Chase, Aubrey Plaza and David Toro, Molly Tarlov and Telfar Clemens, Murphy Maxwell, Akeem Smith, Lee Kyle, Jillian Allexander, Annakim Violette, Annakim's Horse Nala, Jeff Baij
Credits: Electronics Arts Intermix