James O. Incandeza’s Films To be Screened

So a bunch of artists put together an exhibition of some films they made inspired by James O. Incandeza’s oeuvre, as described in a footnote to Infinite Jest. They’re calling it “A Failed Entertainment.”

Here for instance is a still from The Medusa vs. the Odalisque by Jessica Segall:

Very cool stuff. And The National has a great article on this project:

Throwing caution to the wind, with the knowledge that the results could in no way live up to imagined preconceptions, Columbia University’s LeRoy Neiman Gallery commissioned 22 student artists to re-create works from the Incandenza oeuvre for A Failed Entertainment, an exhibit that opened in Upper Manhattan last weekend. If the past year has seen its share of imaginative tributes to the past generation’s most compelling literary figure – including John Krasinski’s film adaptation of Brief Interviews With Hideous Men – this one seems by far the most audacious. I entered Columbia’s campus at my own risk, prepared for the possibility of an entertainment that might render me paralysed. What I found was a small room with two chairs, a large television, a projection screen and a number of VCRs stacked on top of each other. On a block of wood bolted to the floor, a doorknob was perpetually spinning on its axis, as if in tribute to Wallace’s favourite mathematical concept: infinity.

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