episode 140: a conversation with ragnar kjartansson
In this week’s episode, Wyndham sits down with world-renowned Icelandic artist and composer Ragnar Kjartansson to discuss his latest work “Death Is Elsewhere,” which opened at the New York Met earlier this month. “Death Is Elsewhere” is Kjartansson’s latest in a series of works in which music is played in a continuous loop and set to film and visual art in an immersive space. The piece features music from Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, and Gyoa and Kristin Anna Valtysdottir, of the Icelandic band mum, and has been met with rave reviews from the New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Pitchfork, and other publications. Wyndham and Ragnar discuss the inspiration behind the piece, the vision that drives the work, and the pressure of releasing an artist’s wild ideas in the halls of the Met.