Ragnar Kjartansson – BMW Tate Live: Performance Room

A second chance to watch Ragnar Kjartansson’s performance of Variation on Meat Joy captured live Thursday, 24 October, 2013 at Tate Modern. For Ragnar Kjartansson’s Variation on Meat Joy the Performance Room at Tate has been transformed into a Rococo dining room. This online performance draws upon Carolee Schneemann’s iconic Meat Joy, 1964.

In Variation on Meat Joy decandently dressed actors sit at tables, each one eating a steak, whilst microphones amplify the sounds of chewing. This draws the audience’s attention to the uncomfortably animalistic nature of the everyday act of eating.

Performance Room is a series of performances commissioned and conceived exclusively for the online space. Performances are streamed live from the Performance Room at Tate Modern and then made available to watch online after the event. Find out more about the 2013 Performance Room Series: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/eventseries/bmw-tate-live-2013-performance-room

Ragnar Kjartansson’s (born 1976, Iceland) performative practice draws upon elements of staging and pretending with playfulness and originality. His work has been exhibited across Europe and the US. He represented Iceland at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009 and his work was featured in the 2013 Biennale’s Arsenale exhibition The Encyclopedic Palace.


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