Ragnar Kjartansson, S.S. Hangover, 2013. Performance for a boat and brass sextet. Music by Kjartan Sveinsson. Originally performed in the Arsenale, Venice, during the 55th Venice Biennale, Italy, June 1 to November 24, 2013, daily for six hours

Artist Ragnar Kjartansson’s kinetic sound sculpture S.S. Hangover, 2013, consists of a hand-painted boat sailing on the lagoon, occupied by a formal party of six brass musicians performing ethereal music by Kjartan Sveinsson. As if caught in a daydream, the S.S. Hangover sails in circles, transporting its occupants to nowhere. The black-tie-clad performers repeatedly play a lyrical score for hours that challenges their endurance—as well as that of the audience—while flirting with the potential for failure as time passes. Inspired by a set prop from the 1935 American film Remember Last Night?, a drunken comedy murder-mystery, Kjartansson (Icelandic, born 1975 in Reykjavik) restored a vintage Icelandic wooden fishing boat to its likeness. The artist previously enacted a version of this playfully romantic performance at the 55th Venice Biennale, where musicians seemed to have left a party in a beautiful hybrid Scandinavian-Venetian-Grecian boat, replete with a sail featuring a mythical and overly plump Pegasus.


Performances on select weekend dates: April 7, 8, 14, 15, and 28, and May 5 and 6, from 11A–3P. A sunset performance on Sunday, April 22, from 4–8P, is presented in partnership with the Fusebox Festival.


The S.S. Hangover sculpture will be docked and visible from the shores of Laguna Gloria from May 7 through June 3.