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Constitution of Iceland to Be Sung

The artistic duo Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson, who will represent Iceland at the 2011 Venice Biennale, commissioned composer Karólína Eiríksdóttir to write music to the 81 articles of the Constitution of Iceland.

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The constitution performed. Courtesy of Hafnarborg.

The work will be performed in Hafnarborg – the Hafnarfjördur Center of Culture and Fine Art at 3 pm today, February 12.

A video installation based on the performance, curated by Hanna Styrmisdóttir, will be ongoing at the museum from February 13 to March 6.

The work was originally performed in Akureyri in 2008, but is performed now as a contribution to the ongoing discussion about the constitution of Iceland, as stated on the museum’s website.

“It is relevant at this time in the history of Iceland to call for public understanding of the document and its importance as a fundamental law of the Icelandic society,” the website reads. “The work contributes to [an] understanding of the constitution while raising pressing questions.”

Therefore, the Icelandic national broadcasting service, RÚV, is collaborating with the artists on the project, by providing recording and broadcasting.

The piece is scored for soprano, baritone, piano, double bass and mixed choir and was premiered by soprano Ingibjörg Gudjónsdóttir, baritone Bergthór Pálsson, pianist Tinna Thorsteinsdóttir, bass player Gunnlaugur Torfi Stefánsson and the chamber choir Hymnodia directed by Eythór Ingi Jónsson.

The English translation of Constitution of the Republic of Iceland can be read here. Click here to read a recent news story related to the constitution and its planned review.

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