Thanks for the compliment. Sam Beckett was a good friend:
"I'm sure you won't answer if you don't want to, but would you care to
comment on literary influences?"
Ever since we made
we have told anyone who will listen that the piece is based on a close
reading of Ezra Pound's Canto I and first part of Canto II. To no avail.
one in literary criticism seems ready and willing to take a look at the
other literary influences in our work. To us, the influences are pretty
to spot -- and fun, or so we thought. But maybe fun isn't what interests
today's critical theorists. Maybe fun disqualifies us.
No matter. We're happy to wait for that special someone to come along.
Young-hae and Marc
On 5/13/05 8:51 AM, "Russell Smith" <Russell.Smith@anu.edu.au> wrote:
Yes, lots of love from me too.
I was captivated by Young-hae and Marc's work the first time I came
"The Struggle Continues" about a year ago. For me the strength of the
is above all in the writing: I always show this work to students who
who I think are the most interesting contemporary writers around. And I
guess the other thing I like about it is it's not interactive in any
'new media' sense; if people can't stop fidgeting with their mouses for
five minutes to take in a bit of art then I guess that's their loss.
With the pounding repetition, lyrical aggression, and general
hilariousness, the texts remind me above all of Thomas Bernhard and
Beckett (about the highest compliment I can make!). Young-hae and
I'm sure you won't answer if you don't want to, but would you care to
comment on literary influences?
At 04:09 PM 5/12/2005 +1000, you wrote:
I experienced Young-hae and Marc's 'engaged work' as a form of
true communication (I am still contemplating that the basis of it was
possibly 'unconditional love'). The fact that it was art as well was
of secondary to me (although I was very much aware of it). I saw it
way to escape narrow-mindedness/stupidity/rigidness/etc. (mine own as
as the one of 'other') through dialogue, exchange - you do need to
'train' yourself in selflessness for that. I personally love 'true'
'stupidity', I see it as one of the basic elements of life - and when
is put in relevant context it becomes really beautiful. Therefore, my
personal response to their work was related to the 'moment' in time,
rather quite accidental on one level, but one could also argue that
art (or awareness of art) is in a way an 'accidental event'.
- and, yes, lots of love from me
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