The Visitors, Ragnar Kjartansson (2012)
Still from The Visitors, Ragnar Kjartansson (2012)

Ragnar Kjartansson – The Visitors


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September 19, 2013


January 5, 2014

The installation The Visitors by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson consists of nine simultaneous video projections on a scale of 1:1. Each video shows a different musician – including Kristín Anna and Gyða Valtýsdóttir, founding sisters of the historic Icelandic band Múm, and Kjartan Sveinsson, keyboard player until 2012 with Sigur Rós – sing and play the same melody of the song Feminine Ways.

Each of the audio and video tracks were recorded separately in 2012 in the rooms of the large, derelict 19th century Rokeby Farm in Upstate New York. Seen and heard together they form one continuous musical piece which lasts over an hour.

Ragnar Kjartansson was born in 1976 in Reykjavík (Iceland), where he lives and works. He is a classical musician and vocalist, installation and performance artist, painter, sculptor and videographer, and founding member of the Icelandic band Trabant.

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