16th November – 1st December, 2017
“Mark Twain once described the coyote as the personification of failure, ‘a living, breathing allegory of Want. He is always hungry. He is always poor, out of luck and friendless. The meanest creatures despise him and even the flea would desert him for a velocipede.’ Taking inspiration from Twain, Chuck Jones the creator of the Roadrunner cartoons stages Wile E. as the ultimate looser, a pathetic failure, more humiliated than harmed by his own ineptitude. The elaborate Acme contraptions and schemes to catch the roadrunner inevitably backfire. Yet each time his determination renews as if prompted by Beckett’s famous advice “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better” – An excerpt by Elizabeth Presa (22 October 2017).