Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson, ‘Constitution of the Republic of Iceland’, 2011, waterside contemporary
Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson, ‘Constitution of the Republic of Iceland’, 2011, waterside contemporary
Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson, ‘Constitution of the Republic of Iceland’, 2011, waterside contemporary
Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson, ‘Constitution of the Republic of Iceland’, 2011, waterside contemporary
Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson, ‘Constitution of the Republic of Iceland’, 2011, waterside contemporary

Constitution of the Republic of Iceland represents Castro and Ólafsson’s first collaboration with Icelandic composer Karólína Eiríksdóttir. For this piece, the artists worked with the composer to create a score to which the Icelandic Constitution would be performed by soprano and baritone vocals, piano, double bass, and a mixed chamber choir. The composition was first publicly performed in March 2008 in Iceland, six months before the collapse of the country’s banking system. The video presented in Venice is a recent performance of the work, which was staged at The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service Television, and broadcast on Icelandic national TV in February 2011. The video was aired two times, the first of which having been the day the new elected Constitutional Assembly was set to begin revising the Icelandic constitution.