This video, like many of Trecartin’s works, finds itself in a self-induced liminality between hypnosis and psychosis, where actors lines morph in to group chants and costumes tack on a mysterious importance.

‘He said his goal when he begins to write — the dialogue in his works, despite seeming ad-libbed, is highly scripted — is for viewers to leave his work with a deep emotional response to a reflection of their culture, “but in a way that they really can’t put their finger on why they felt like that.” ‘ -New York Times, Randy Kennedy