For the 2019 Commissions Programme 'Stories for an Uncertain World', Alfredo Jaar presents a public intervention titled 'I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On'.
Consisting of a publicly sited neon sign, the work quotes the closing words of The Unnamable, a 1953 novel by Samuel Beckett. The neon is accompanied by regular performances which disperse the text through the city’s crowded streets.
For Jaar, these words articulate a perfect metaphor for the era we live in, “a time of absolute chaos and confusion, where the collapse of ideologies
and traditional politics is amplified by a dazzling array of technological developments; an era of alternative realities, otherwise known as the post-truth moment. How do we act in the world today?”.
Supported by the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund, EventScotland and British Council Scotland. With additional support from David Narro Associates and kind permission of National Museums Scotland.
Videographer: Rachel McBrinn.