Whilst Beckett himself was said to have disliked the transfer of his works from one format to another, he approved in the case of Krapp’s Last Tape, even writing guidelines for a 1969 television adaptation. Atom Egoyan’s 2000 film, starring the British actor John Hurt, is a fascinating visual exploration of the themes delineated by Beckett in his play manuscript, including the passage of time, the deceptive nature of memory, the fluidity of identity and the advent of technology.
Egoyan’s film was developed into the 2002 exhibition Steenbeckett at the Museum of Mankind, commissioned by Artangel, which included 2000 feet of moving film in the gallery’s space. The installation work experimented with how a viewer reads and interprets cinema and film.
This new publication contains critical texts documenting the creation of the show Steenbeckett, as well as an extended interview with Egoyan about his artistic practice.
Published in partnership with the MacKenzie Art Gallery and Strandline Curatorial Collective.