We loved Ragnar Kjartansson’s SS Hangover on this year’s Venice Biennale and so we’re very excited to hear that he’s the next artist to take part in the Tate’s BMW Live Performance Room series. His piece for Tate is called Variation on Meat Joy and it is inspired by Carolee Schneemann’s famous 1964 performance (more reasons to be curious). View it live online tomorrow at 8PM GMT via the Tate’s You Tube channel.
Kjartansson‘s (1976, Iceland) is a performer at heart and his acts are funny and pretty absurd. Such was for instance The End — Venice, with which he represented Iceland at the Venice Biennale in 2009. Throughout the six-month period of the Biennale, he was painting his friends (dressed in speedo swimming trunks), from a temporary studio at the Grand Canal, producing one painting/day, while also receiving visits from the public. For this year’s Encyclopedic Palace he built a hybrid version of Greek, Icelandic and Venetian vessel that sails through the Arsenale canals with a (performing) brass band onboard. Kjartansson also enjoyed a brief career in pop-music, singing with the Icelandic bands Kanada and Trabant (more about that here).
For the Live Performance Room tomorrow, Kjartansson will stage a Rococo dining room set with lavishly dressed actors eating steak. Strategically positioned microphones will amplify the sound of each performer chewing and swallowing,
emphasizing the normally neatly veiled animalistic nature of the act of eating.
About BMW Tate Live Performance Room:
BMW Tate Live is an innovative art project that focuses on curating in digital space. Commissioned performances take place at Tate Modern, but can be only viewed online: either in real time, with a possibility of direct interaction, or later on at YouTube. Previous performances featured artists Jérôme Bel, Pablo Bronstein, Emily Roysdon, Harrell Fletcher, Joan Jonas and Liu Ding, Meiro Koizumi and Nicoline Van Harskamp. BMW Tate Live performances are being curated by Catherine Wood (Tate’s curator of Contemporary Art and Performance), assisted by Capucine Perrot.
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