Ragnar Kjartansson | MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, US.
A Lot of Sorrow
June 11th & 12th 2016
Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson’s moving video A Lot of Sorrow captures The National’s grueling and riveting 6-hour long performance of the song “Sorrow.” Conceived by Kjartansson and executed by The National as part of MoMA PS1’s Sunday Sessions in May 2013, the band played the three-minute, twenty-five second song live on stage, repeatedly and continuously, for six hours. A rumination on both artistic and romantic suffering as well as endurance and creativity, the work screens in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center on June 11 and 12, as part of The National: Benefit Concert for Hawthorne Valley Association and MASS MoCA.
Saturday, June 11, 11am-6pm
Sunday, June 12, 11am-5pm
Ragnar Kjartansson (b. 1976) has built his career upon bold and spirited experiments across media. Working simultaneously as an artist and a musician, Ragnar considers himself primarily a performance artist influenced by theater. His electronic group, Trabant, plays on the boundaries of rock and roll and performance art; Ragnar also creates videos, paintings and installations that are often linked with his performances. His pieces are characterized by the interplay between contradicting feelings—sorrow and happiness, horror and beauty, drama and humor—and frequently rely on repetition or “the loop.” Ragnar, who studied at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, is the youngest artist to represent Iceland in the Venice Biennale (2009).