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Published: 2013/04/24

The National to Play "Sorrow" for 6 Hours Straight at MoMA PS1

New York City’s MoMA PS1 will celebrate their last “Sunday Sessions” of this season with a special piece by Ragnar Kjartansson. For the work—which is entitled A Lot of Sorrow—the Icelandic artist has enlisted The National to perform their song “Sorrow” repeatedly in a six-hour live loop. Kjartansson hopes that the repetitive performance will produce “sculptural presence within sound”.

The event will take place next Sunday, May 5 from 12-6pm at the MoMA PS1 VW Dome. Due to limited space, attendees will only be allowed to watch the band for a few minutes at a time, but they will also be able to hear the music in the courtyard. Tickets to A Lot of Sorrow are now on sale for $15.


There are 4 comments associated with this post

Dunwoody April 24, 2013, 16:06:39

This is an interesting idea. But I’m disappointed that “attendees will only be allowed to watch the band for a few minutes at a time.” I get that there’s limited space, but it seems that only allowing brief glimpses will make it impossible to feel the full effect of the work. Perhaps it would be better-suited for a different venue.

TCinNYC April 24, 2013, 14:15:08

sounds absurd.

D.R. April 24, 2013, 14:26:40

THis could actually become a great sound sculpture.

todd April 24, 2013, 18:57:10

What are we torturing some terror suspects that I didn’t know about? Yikes.

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