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The National performed a song 105 consecutive times in MoMA

The National performing in MoMA The National performing in MoMA

The American band, The National, performed their song Sorrow 105 consecutive times at MoMA PS1 (Museum of Modern Art) in New York last Saturday. The performance was a part of an act by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson.

Performance by Ragnar Kjartansson featuring The National "Sorrow"

The drummer of The National, Bryan Devendorf, got a break during one song (of the 105), while his mates played the song without him. Apart from this short break, all of them participated all the time.

The act was noticed all over the world and media such as music magazine NME and online magazine Pitchfork wrote about it. When the act was finished, the audience cheered the band on and yelled for more. So eventually the band played Sorrow one last time, for the 106th time.

The installation/performance art piece was called "A Lot Of Sorrow" and took about 6 hours to perform.

A press release from the gallery reads: "By stretching a single pop song into a day-long tour de force the artist continues his explorations into the potential of repetitive performance to produce sculptural presence within sound."

And continues: "As in all of Kjartansson's performances, the idea behind A Lot of Sorrow is devoid of irony, yet full of humour and emotion. It is another quest to find the comic in the tragic and vice versa."

Following is a video of the song being performed in MoMA, but only once.

 

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Last modified on Monday, 06 May 2013 23:01

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