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The Vinyl Factory presented the London premiere of Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartnsson’s acclaimed multi-screen video installation, ‘The Visitors’, at Brewer Street Car Park, Soho, from 11 November - 6 December 2015.
‘The Visitors’ is a nine-channel, HD video installation which transports the beholder to a peculiar universe: in the various rooms of the almost two-hundred-year-old villa Rokeby on the picturesque Hudson River in New York State, the artist, his friends, and residents repeatedly perform a “feminine nihilistic gospel song.” The invidivual scenes coalesce into an encompassing cinematographic tableau.
“Kjartansson had me spellbound an entire afternoon. For my money, The Visitors could go on all day.”
- Adrian Searle, The Guardian
“Add to the list of great hallmarks of Icelandic culture - the sagas, the midnight suns, Björk - the duration-based performance art of Ragnar Kjartansson… The imagery conveys a vulnerable beauty and a Gothic romance worthy of Caspar David Friedrich.”
- Andrea K Scott, The New Yorker
“Repeatedly immersing myself in the nine screen video installation was still one of 2015's most memorable and moving experiences.”
- Vince Aletti, Artforum