Record Attempt

Photographs © Till Krautkrämer

The piece describes the effort to play “The Longest Guitar Solo Ever Played” and herewith break the world record in this category.

The attempt takes place in a closed space where the performer and an official notary are situated. Visitors of the venue can follow the ongoing action through a spy hole in the wall. The setup within the space consists of a small stage, an amplifier, a guitar, an office desk and a time display. A video camera is positioned in the room to stream the performance live over the internet.

The attempt to reach and break the world record is hosted by WSM – World Records In Sound and Music, an agency dedicated to the measuring of contemporary sound phenomena. The work consists of a series of attempts to accordingly break and outplay the record as far as possible. The actual record constitutes 17h21min.

Material: Room construction, stage, amplifier, guitar, pedestal, office desk, microphone, time display, video camera, wiring | Audio material: speech, guitar solo | Dimensions: 4 x 5 x 2.5 m | Year: 2008 – 2012


Realized with kind support of Gallery Figge Von Rosen Cologne, Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, LABoral – Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial