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Lundahl & Seitl

Nationalmuseum

Most accounts of Christer Lundahl and Martina Seitl’s Symphony of a Missing Room, 2009, cast it as magic realism: a mélange of fairy-tale hallucination and reality beyond doubt. At appointed hours an audience, limited to six, assembled and, once outfitted with special surround-sound headphones, heard a disembodied female voice directing them toward the museum’s Renaissance rooms, where they donned opaque goggles, which translated everything that they might have seen into nondescript shapes in light and dark. A furtive detour within the museum commenced; routine sight and hearing now supplanted, you followed the woman’s whispered instructions as someone’s hand softly holding yours offered gentle guidance. “Crouch and step from the room you are in,” the woman said, “into a tunnel toward the secret room”; your bowed head happened to graze the edge of the tunnel’s entrance just as the sonic

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