March 08, 2013

Ragnar Kjartansson The Visitors at TBA21

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary at Augarten shows the newly acquired video composition The Visitors (2012) by Ragnar Kjartansson. A group of musicians gather in the grandiose and decaying twilight zone of Rokeby farm in Upstate New York for a layered portrait of the artist’s friends and an exploration of musical cinema. The nine visitors take up various spaces indoors and out, each one inhabiting a separate yet very distinct setting, playing various instruments and singing as if to themselves the piece’s main tune. It is only in the synchronization of the nine channels that the voices and instruments merge into a harmonic orchestration and together with the life size projections turn it into an overall impression in the gallery. March 8 - June 16, 2013.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary zeigt in der TBA21 im Augarten Ragnar Kjartanssons Videokomposition The Visitors (2012). Eine Gruppe von Musikern und Freunden treffen in der grandios verfallenden Rokeby Farm in Upstate New York zu einem musikalisch-kinematographisches Experiment zusammen. Man sieht die Protagonisten in jeweils separaten Settings den Song in einer langen, ununterbrochenen und sich im Loop wiederholenden 64-minütigen Aufnahme vortragen. Neun lebensgroße Projektionen und die Synchronisation der entsprechenden Kanäle vereint die individuellen Interpretationen zu einer harmonischen Orchestrierung und zu einem räumlichen Gesamtbild im Ausstellungsraum. 08.03 – 16.06.2013.

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Excerpts from the Press conference
Francesca Habsburg, curator Daniela Zyman and Ragnar Kjartansson together with Gerald Wirth, artistic director of the Wiener Sängerknaben, talk about the exhibition, the installation "The Visitors" and the collaboration with the Wiener Sängerknaben for the one time only performance "Stars Explode".

More about Ragnar Kjartansson at theartVIEw:
Ragnar Kjartansson "Take me here by the Dishwasher" at BAWAG Contemporary

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