The notion of an extended moment – transformed in a room-sized installation called ‘The End‘ from Ragnar Kjartansson for the Pavilion of Iceland is probably my personal favourite of La Biennale di Venezia 2009. Several screens and soundtracks were featuring different instrumental arrangements, while the combination of all amounted to an awesome country-sound, made by Ragnar Kjartansson and the musician David Thór Jónsson. The performance was originally recorded in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and became, presented as a loop, a space that led you immerge in an absurd scenery and made you simply forget about time.
From a correspondence between Ragnar Kjartansson and his friend and fellow artist Andjeas Ejiksson:
“I imagine the Venice Pavilion being a lighthouse at the end of the world, watching the verge of nothingness. Waves chasing the lost souls and the mist blurring the horizon, protecting you from the vertigo of the abyss. It is a nameless sea and sitting on the dock is a man without fate”