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Blacked out room hosting several large projector screens showing musicians playing alone in separate rooms.
Ragnar Kjartansson, The Visitors, 2012, nine-channel video with sound, duration: 64 minutes. Commissioned by the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich Installation view: Vinyl Factory, London, England; Photos by: © Jana Chiellino © Ragnar Kjartansson; Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik.

A Must-See in Our Pandemic Era: Ragnar Kjartansson’s “The Visitors” at the High

A man plays the piano in a grandiose room with an ornate mirror and a bust nearby.
A woman plays the accordion in an ornately decorated room.
Ragnar Kjartansson, The Visitors, 2012, nine-channel video with sound, duration: 64 minutes. Commissioned by the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich. Photos: Elísabet David. © Ragnar Kjartansson; Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik.
Installation view of two screens on a black background featuring musicians playing alone in separate rooms.
Ragnar plays guitar while nude in a bathtub, and another musician plays from a disheveled bed. This level of intimacy recalls countless times spent “zooming” while in pajamas, cooking dinner, or in other previously private scenarios.

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