Jónsi: Hrafntinna (Obsidian)

Icelandic musician and artist Jónsi recreates the cavernous depths of a volcano in this immersive and sensory installation, where the effects of music, sound and smell are experienced in near darkness. Visitors are surrounded by almost 200 speakers emitting an array of frequencies and vibrations. Rocks grind. Lava hisses. And a new four-part choral hymn draws inspiration from Icelandic choirs.

Unable to witness the spectacular six-month-long eruption of Iceland’s Fagradalsfjall due to the pandemic, Hrafntinna (Obsidian) reflects Jónsi’s disconnection and longing for the life force of his homeland.

Jónsi, Hrafntinna (Obsidian), 2021, installation view, Mona, Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, 2023. Photograph: Mona/Jesse Hunniford. Courtesy the artist, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York/Los Angeles and Mona, Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania

Mona, Museum of Old and New Art
30 September 2023 to 1 April 2024

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