Eccentric shamanism and poetic fragility are some of the things the audience has in store when Kris Lemsalu and Kyp Malone transform Den Frie’s underground exhibition space into the total installation Going Going.
Estonian artist Kris Lemsalu and American singer and multi-instrumentalist Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio) together create installations and performances using sculpture, ceramics, video, music and sound. They first worked together in 2017, creating the work Going Going for the performance biennial Performa in New York. At Den Frie, they present a new and modified version of this major work. On the opening day, the work will be activated as a durational performance, and subsequently it will stand as a total installation.
Going Going is a tribute (and a ritual farewell) to the artist couple’s close friend Philly Abe – a colourful performer and artist from New York, who passed away in 2018. The work is characteristic of the duo’s practice, which with equal parts of madness, poetry and humour reflects on life and death, rebirth and parting. Going Going unfolds as a meditative environment with Lemsalu’s characteristic ceramic works, Malone’s sound and video and a slowly moving bed as the centre – a whimsical, dreamy and otherworldly universe.