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3:AM Reloaded


What you (may have) missed on 3:AM recently:

Fiction: Chapter 37 from Shya Scanlon’s novel Forecast

Reviewed: Steve Finbow on Stig Sæterbakken’s Siamese, Max Dunbar on Cathi Unsworth’s Bad Penny Blues

Interviewed: Susan Tomaselli puts five questions to Stairway to Hell author Charlie Williams, Lee Rourke & Hendrik Wittkopf talk about their collaborative art exhibition non-working:

Beckett points us towards rapprochement, or the struggle of bringing the objects of our consciousness together. Contained in this struggle is the concern of ‘empêchement,’ where the object becomes invisible and unrepresentable because objects are what they are. Beckett’s essay merely illustrates to us the thin veil of transparency that separates our practice: a shared struggle to represent the objects of our consciousness. Although, I don’t wish to wrap our art in theory to such an extent that it removes the viewer from the thing itself. The philosopher Simon Critchley (who has written some of the best stuff on Beckett today) calls this thingness art’s ‘truth.’ I guess – and I feel Hendrik feels the same way – we want to avoid what Critchley calls a ‘Philosofugal’ situation, where theory ’spins out’ from within to cover art, or smother art’s truth. I think we are attempting an outwards, ‘artopetal’ state where any ‘theory is drawn into the orbit of the thing’ because our show is what it is and nothing besides. All this is contradictory, of course, but it is what interests us right now. I think we are just trying to show the unrepresentableness of things.

First posted: Sunday, November 22nd, 2009.

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