THE VISITORS

Milan, Hangar Bicocca, exhibition, Ragnar Kjartansson, art, design, review, the visitors

Milan, Hangar Bicocca, exhibition, Ragnar Kjartansson, art, design, review, the visitors

Milan, Hangar Bicocca, exhibition, Ragnar Kjartansson, art, design, review, the visitors

Milan, Hangar Bicocca, exhibition, Ragnar Kjartansson, art, design, review, the visitors

Milan, Hangar Bicocca, exhibition, Ragnar Kjartansson, art, design, review, the visitors

Milan, Hangar Bicocca, exhibition, Ragnar Kjartansson, art, design, review, the visitors

Milan, Hangar Bicocca, exhibition, Ragnar Kjartansson, art, design, review, the visitors

If you are in Milan or you live nearby I would never recommend enough to pay a visit to the Hangar Bicocca. It is a space dedicated to contemporary art and, in spite of not being super handy in terms of reachability (although the situation has gotten better than during the previous years) it is really worth a visit either for itself and of course for the exhibitions hosted.

Last week I went there to attend the exhibit called “The Visitors” by Ragnar Kjartansson. He is an Icelandic visual artist who presented his video installation called “The Visitors” inspired by the namesake song by Abba. The video installation presented 9 videos in scale 1:1 each one showing one different musician playing and singing “Feminine Ways” (a song written by Kjartansson himself).

Though I am not competent enough to essay around his video installation, I could simply talk about the experience I had while attending his performance. It didn’t disappoint me: it was a beautiful experience. Each one of the 9 screens showed a different situation in which each musician was, while performing his or her own part of the song. So they either individually and all together sang and played the same song. Like different atoms that if, from one hand, can live and act independently, from the other hand instead get linked to create a higher-level-something-else, more complex and meaningful, like a modern thesis and antithesis that melt into an evolving and more interesting synthesis. And us, the visitors, following the way the performance happened by walking through the scenes showed. And them, the visitors, leading the directions of the feelings we were experiencing through the scenes showed.

A journey crossed by the emotions that only music is able to generate. So in the end I loved to find myself sort of trapped into exploring the path of the story that the musicians/characters were showing and developing, turning back and forth to see how the story and the feelings were evolving.

Pictures by me

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