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Cardiff and Miller, Ragnar Kjartansson in "Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything"

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, The Poetry Machine, 2017. Interactive audio/mixed-media installation including organ, speakers, carpet, computer and electronics. All poetry written and performed by Leonard Cohen from “Book of Long.” Installation view at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal. Photo: Guy L. Heureux.

“Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything” has travelled to the Kunstforeningen GL STRAND (@KunstGLSTRAND) in Copenhagen, where you can now see Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s The Poetry Machine. In addition, Ragnar Kjartansson’s cover of “Memories,” made in collaboration with The National and Sufjan Stevens is featured alongside other covers of the musician’s work in the “Listening to Leonard” section of the exhibition.

On view at GL STRAND is a selection of works which feature contextual multimedia installations - immersive multiscreen archival montages highlighting five decades of Cohen’s concert performances; an installation devoted to Cohen in interviews revealing the workings of his mind; an audio environment which gathers commissioned covers of his musical repertoire; as well as Cardiff and Miller's The Poetry Machine, which invites visitors to play an organ keyboard, with individual keys summoning audio files of his poetry, recited by the poet himself - as well as a variety of other artists’ responses to Cohen’s art and life. The exhibition also includes the installation "Listening to Leonard" with recorded covers of Cohen songs produced, arranged, and performed by numerous musicians and vocalists, including Ragnar Kjartansson's rendition of "Memories," made in collaboration with The National and Sufjan Stevens.