Steve Reinke (born 1963) is a Chicago-based, Canadian-born artist and writer best known for his videos, which have been screened, exhibited, and collected worldwide. Reinke makes work in a mock confessional mode about sex, death, and whatever comes in between. His tapes typically have diaristic or collage formats, and his autobiographical voice-overs convey his desires and pop culture appraisals with endearing wit.
Reinke has exhibited and screened his videos at a number of venues, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Netherlands; the Argos Festival, Brussels; Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona; and Tate Modern, London. Throughout the 1990s, he produced the ambitious collection The 100 Videos, and a book of his scripts, Everybody Loves Nothing: Scripts 1997–2005. He has also co-edited several books, including By the Skin of Their Tongues: Artist Video Scripts (with Nelson Henricks, 1997), Lux: A Decade of Artists' Film and Video (with Tom Taylor, 2000), and The Sharpest Point: Animation at the End of Cinema (with Chris Gehman, 2005). Reinke is currently Associate Professor of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University. He received an MFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University.