Felt Hammers | performance | Barbican | 29/07/16

An experimental one-day symposium, curated by Joe Kelleher and Nicholas Ridout in response to the exhibition by Ragnar Kjartansson in the Barbican Art Gallery, 14 July – 4 September 2014.

Kjartansson’s work brings together live performance, music, film, painting and drawing and often includes experiments in repetition and endurance, contemporary music, Icelandic literature and romantic melancholy. This day of performances, presentations and conversations from artists, writers and academics explores the theme of appropriation and is inspired by Kjartansson’s interest in making art out of the things that other people do.

For this symposium I revive my teenage piano lessons and (attempt to) perform Chopin’s ‘Raindrop Prelude’ non-stop for 4 hours, alongside an indoor waterfall in the Barbican’s conservatory.

Other contributors include Karen Christopher, Broderick Chow, Richard DeDomenici, Laure Fernandez, Jordan McKenzie, Stacy Makishi, Madison Moore, Hayley Newman, Gary Stevens, Simon Vincenzi and David Williams.

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