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Artist Talk: Ragnar Kjartansson

November 19, 2014
Price Auditorium
$15 SCA members, $20 general public

The Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson’s collaborative, marathon performances use “endurance at a level of sheer ecstasy.” Often repeating songs for melodramatic effect, he has directed a five-month floating concert in Venice by a brass sextet, a delirious 12-hour performance of the final aria of Mozart’s 1786 opera The Marriage of Figaro, and a two-month mantra of 10 acoustic guitar players repeatedly singing the same three-minute song.

Ragnar Kjartansson. A Lot of Sorrow, 2013. Six-hour performance by the National of their song Sorrow. A Lot of Sorrow by Ragnar Kjartansson took place at MoMA PS1, as part of Sunday Sessions. Photograph: Elisabet Davidsdottir. © Ragnar Kjartansson and The National; Courtesy of the artist; Luhring Augustine, New York; and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik.