Making Worlds

(Finally, in alphabetical order). We’re at the Iceland pavilion, and here’s a guy, Ragnar Kjartansson, who actually makes worlds. The exception to the rule. He isn’t satisfied with the possibilities of technology, installation, site-specific etc. So he goes there and does it himself. For the entire duration of the show, and even longer… six months, this time. At Rovereto (Manifesta) he inhabited a room with friends and sang (very nicely too)… the presence of an old gramophone seemed like a signal… “You see, sound reproduction technology hasn’t actually advanced much beyond this thing… whatever speakers I use, it will still be so different from the experience of me actually being here and singing, while my friend is actually here, playing the piano.” LISTEN

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