I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On, 'I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On- Dave” in the exhibition Nothing Happens, Twice: Artists Explore the Absurdity of Life

Campbell, David, Durden, Mark and Brown, Ian (2016) I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On, 'I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On- Dave” in the exhibition Nothing Happens, Twice: Artists Explore the Absurdity of Life. [Show/Exhibition]

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Abstract

Commission of Common Culture’s video work: “I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On, 'I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On” 2016, single channel digital video, 40 mins duration.

In “I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On, 'I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On- Dave” a stand-up comedian is filmed doing his comedy routine standing on a small stage in a large, blacked out empty room. From this stage, spotlit, he delivers his performance to fixed position video camera, automatically filming his routine. Isolated on stage, stripped of the familiar conventions of the stand-up routine, he confronts the absurdity of his new setting and abandons his usual set routine to reflect on his life and career in a 40 minute monologue to an empty room, and the camera.
The resulting, unedited video is presented in a light-tight constructed viewing room in the centre of the group exhibition Nothing Happens, Twice: Artists Explore the Absurdity of Life, curated by Clarissa Corfe at the Harris Museum & Gallery, Market Square, Preston. The exhibition includes four new commissions by Pavel Buchler, Common Culture, Hardeep Pandhal and Sally O’Reilly, as well as film, sculpture and painting by eleven other leading contemporary artists. The exhibition title is taken from academic Vivien Mercier’s description of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, as ‘a play in which nothing happens, twice’.
Beckett, as with many of the artists in this exhibition, deconstructs notions of time, using it as a malleable medium to orchestrate absurdist scenarios. The works highlight the absurdity of the human condition in our relationship to each other, the natural world and the metaphysical, confronting us with situations that might, in some ways, be analogous to our own.
The exhibition takes the Theatre of the Absurd as its starting point, exploring notions of repetition, farce and tragicomedy. The title is taken from Beckett scholar Vivien Mercier’s description of Waiting for Godot, as “a play in which nothing happens, twice”. Beckett, as many of the artists in this exhibition, deconstructs notions of time, using it as a medium to create absurdist, nonsensical scenarios. The works challenge us to search for the meaning of existence by highlighting the absurdity of the human condition through our relationships to each other, the metaphysical, and the natural world.
Artists include: Samuel Beckett, John Bock, Mel Brimfield, Broomberg & Chanarin, Pavel Buchler, Common Culture (Ian Brown, David Campbell and Mark Durden), Steph Fletcher, Pat Flynn, Willum Geerts, Hilde Krohn Huse, Nathaniel Mellors, Sally O’Reilly, Hardeep Pandhal, Pierrick Sorin, Mladen Stilinovic, Bedwyr Williams.
Radio programme commission: Cally Spooner (May 2016)

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Subjects: W100 Fine Art
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
Depositing User: David Campbell
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2016 09:02
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:09
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/28012

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