Commissioned public art work by Alfredo Jaar on Edinburgh Art Festival

I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On, a neon by Alfredo Jaar, features on ‘Stories for an Uncertain World’ at the Edinburgh Art Festival (25 July – 25 August). The work takes the form of a public neon sign which quotes the closing words of The Unnamable, a 1953 novel by Samuel Beckett. The neon is accompanied by performances involving the distribution of the work’s words throughout the city. 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?”