A Failed Entertainment

A Failed Entertainment


Selections from the Filmography of James O. Incandenza

organized by Sam Ekwurtzel (Fountainhead Fellow and Adjunct Faculty)

March 7- 21   Year of Glad (2011)

Opening Reception March 7th at 5:30pm

VCU Fine Arts Building Gallery
1000 West Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23284

Gallery Hours M-F 9am-5pm or by appointment

Film Screening to take place during opening reception.

In 1996 author David Foster Wallace published his novel Infinite Jest and was instantly hailed as one of the greatest authors of the 20th century, eventually being granted a MacArthur award. His sprawling and complex novel chronicles the lives of the characters surrounding James Incandenza- avant-garde filmmaker, mathematician, and visionary tennis instructor. The plot largely revolves around the missing master copy of one of Incandenza’s films, titled Infinite Jest, a film so entertaining to its viewers that they become catatonic, losing all interest in anything other than endless viewings of the film.

Included as a footnote in Wallace’s novel is the Complete Filmography of James O. Incandenza, a detailed list of over 70 industrial, documentary, conceptual, advertorial, technical, parodic, dramatic non-commercial, and non-dramatic commercial works. In collaboration with Virginia Commonwealth University, the organizers of this exhibition have commissioned artists and filmmakers to re-create seminal works from Incandenza’s Filmography.

A previous iteration of this exhibition was presented at the LeRoy Neiman gallery at Columbia University in the spring of 2010. Press and images are available at www.failedentertainment.com