Ragnar Kjartansson & The National

“A Lot of Sorrow”, 2013–2014
06:09:35 hours
Courtesy of the artist, i8 gallery, Reykjavik and Luhring Augustine, New York

Ragnar Kjartansson & The National: A Lot of Sorrow

Ragnar Kjartansson & The National: A Lot of Sorrow

© Elisabet Davidsdottir

As part of the symposium Zeitverschwendung. Time structures in art and society, Tim Etchells (Forced Entertainment) and Ragnar Kjartansson will participate in an artist talk on 26 June 2015, chaired by Jörn Schafaff.

Here’s what happened: You meet someone and play them your current favourite song, only to find out that it’s their favourite, too. Yes! Then you listen to it forever – or at least for six hours. If you don’t just have a weakness for pop music, but also for melancholy, and if you’re also a visual artist called Ragnar Kjartansson, then you might ask the band (in this case, The National), whether they would like to play the song (in this case, “Sorrow”) in New York’s MoMA PS1 non-stop for six consecutive hours – and then you make a film about the whole thing.

“A Lot of Sorrow” took place at MoMA PS1, as part of Sunday Sessions.
A joint project by KÖNIG GALERIE and Berliner Festspiele / Foreign Affairs