"I Can't Go On, I Will Go On" is an installation art created by Logan Wu for the Advanced Artist's Video course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2012).
The installation "I Can't Go On, I Will Go On" is inspired by the legendary novelist and playwright Samuel Beckett's novel "The Unnamable." It consists entirely of a disjointed monologue with its despairing tone from the perspective of an unnamed and immobile protagonist. The novel is a mix of recollections and existential musings on the part of its narrator. It closes with the phrase "You must go on, I can't go on, I'll go on."
Logan appropriats Muybridge's footages of nude men running, playing sports, and doing motion tricks to visualize the endless, repetitive, busy, restless yet tiring and frustrating facet of one's life, which relates closely to the theme of this Beckett's novel. This work embodies the stage of life where one works relentlessly but with an absence of focus and direction -- it is the ultimate fact causing people incapable to 'go on.'
The video shows the viewing of the installation consisting of four separated TV screens intended to be aligned horizontally and looped. A fast beat music and hot pink color blocks were used to heighten the intense fast paced quality and add appeal to audience. The entire project was executed using Adobe After Effects.
Music: Mirando by Ratata