Endurance Art and Music: Ragnar Kjartansson’s Circle of Death, Beauty and Time


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“Death Is Elsewhere, which was on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art this summer, is the latest work of endurance art by Ragnar Kjartansson The acclaimed Icelandic artist interrogates the production of feeling, using musical composition as his medium. He twists and stretches one morose lyric (culled from various poetry books laying around his house), or one song of sorrow, into a humorous release. Say ‘sad’ over and over, for hours on end, and there’s nothing sad about it.”