Atom Egoyan: Steenbeckett

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Atom Egoyan: Steenbeckett


28 × 23 cm | 9 × 11 in
100 ills | 176 pages

Editors: Timothy Long, Christine Ramsay, Elizabeth Matheson 




Atom Egoyan is one of the most successful independent filmmakers to emerge from Canada. In addition to his award-winning films he has also directed for both opera and the stage, and created compelling lens-based installation art.

Commissioned by Artangel, Egoyan transformed a space in the former Museum of Man in London, using excerpts of 35 mm footage to create Steenbeckett, which remains his most important installation to date. This book is the first publication to explore this impressive work.

Steenbeckett included footage from Egoyan’s film version of Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape, which he had made for the project Beckett on Film, 2001. The film involves a haunted, ageing man reviewing and reflecting upon tape recordings he made earlier in life. The film is played on DVD in one room, whilst another room includes a jumbled collection of old furniture, cabinets and film equipment, nostalgically evoking the history of film. The installation contemplates the nature of memory, and explores Egoyan’s fascination with the obsolescence of technology, the dichotomy of analogue/digital and the changing contexts of presentation.

The publication was published to accompany an exhibition of this important installation, and it includes critical texts documenting and analysing the work, plus an extended interview with the artist. Steenbeckett provides a uniquely fascinating insight into the internationally renowned filmmaker and lens-based installation artist.

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