The Visitors continues Kjartansson’s use of durational performance to explore the persona of the performer. At historic Rokeby Farm in Upstate New York, a villa full of art and bygone worldly wealth which stands as a monument to an age of splendour, Kjartansson assembled a group of close friends from the Reykjavík music scene to create a work of cinematic splendour and country-western new wave. In each of the nine life-size tableaux, a musician inhabits a separate room in the home or they move around on the grounds of Rokeby. The work was shot with nine cameras in a single take.
Music by Davíð Þór Jónsson and Ragnar Kjartansson
Commissioned by Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich