So six months on Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan appear to have returned, in their fashion. Jeremy has two new shows up, Theresa is still blogging, and—most importantly—there’s been a renewal of press attention.
If they are lurking around they might take heart from the diagnosis of Joseph Campbell:
The Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, and hundreds of analogous tales throughout the world, suggest … that in spite of the failure recorded, a possibility exists of a return of the lover with his lost love from beyond the terrible threshold. It is always some little fault, some slight yet critical symptom of human frailty, that makes impossible the open interrelationships between the worlds; so that one is tempted to believe, almost, that if the small, marring incident could be avoided, all would be well. In the Polynesian versions of the romance, however, where the fleeing couple usually escape, and in the Greek satyr-play Alcestis, where we also have a happy return, the effect is not reassuring, but only superhuman. The myths of failure touch us with the tragedy of life, but those of success only with their own incredibility. And yet, if the monomyth is to fulfill its promise, not human failure or superhuman success but human success is what we shall have to be shown. That is the problem of the crisis of the threshold of return.
Vanity Fair has posted the full video of Duncan and Blake’s History of Glamour (complete with incident at the Googenheim).
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