Last days of the performance Woman in E

The girls that have participated in the performance Woman in E at the exhibition God, I Feel So Bad by Ragnar Kjartansson at Hafnarhús. Photo: Sunna Axels.

Sunday, 3 September is the last day of the performance Woman in E at the exhibition God, I Feel So Bad by Ragnar Kjartansson at Hafnarhús. The performance is the second durational performance of three that is shown during the time of the exhibition.

In the middle of a circular backdrop of glittery gold strips, a solitary female figure stands in a sequin gown like a living sculpture on a rotating platform. She carries a Fender electric guitar hooked to an amplifier and when she strums it, E minor echoes through the gallery. The chord is a classic base in music as this is a very natural key for the instrument. It is melancholic yet insistent, in particular when repeated ad infinitum without variation as it is here.

The performance was commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit. There the work reflected the fact that the city gave birth to significant musical innovations of the 20th century.

The performance is always on view during the museum's opening hours. Free with admission.

The exhibition is supported by GAMMA.