The Things They Do


29 July 2016
Conservatory Garden Room
Join us for an experimental one-day symposium, curated by Joe Kelleher and Nicholas Ridout, in response to the exhibition Ragnar Kjartansson in the Art Gallery this summer.

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 and talks from writers, artists and academics will explore the theme of appropriation and is inspired by Kjartansson’s interest in making art out of the things that other people do. Dressing up as Death to entertain children or playing the saddest song you know for six hours non-stop, Kjartansson’s staging of everyday and peculiar behaviours, in which memory, entertainment and personal connections are all thrown together, gives them a strange new life. At once sincere and ridiculous - a kind of theatre. Why does this move us?

With contributions from Emma Bennett, Karen Christopher, Broderick Chow, Richard DeDomenici, Laure Fernandez, Jordan McKenzie, Stacy Makishi, Madison Moore, Hayley Newman, Gary Stevens, Simon Vincenzi and David Williams.

Gain discounted entry to the Ragnar Kjartansson exhibition for just £8 with the voucher attached to your The Things They Do ticket

This event is part of:
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