Tor Jonsson's The Reincarnation of MS Marietta

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For this artwork by Tor Jonsson, I designed a simple but robust audio playback system that would play every two-hours, of the day-time, one of the dozen sound compositions created by Tor for this work. The audio playback system was installed in the boat-sculpture which was left to sail.


Tor Jonsson grew up with his family on the cargo ship Marietta. The port of Vejle was one of the destinations in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Built in Hamburg in 1949, Marietta was broken up in the Netherlands in 2014. For Floating Art – Cry Me a River Marietta has appeared again in Vejle in a new form. She holds a cargo of sound – a collage made up from cassette tapes, which the family used to record correspondence, for practicing naval English, to learn Morse code, to listen to fairytales, and lullabies to fall asleep to.

The sound fragments could be thought of as sci-fi poems that tell a story about being part of a ship. The reincarnated Marietta invites the viewer to consider the lives and stories that make up the ships that arrive in the port of Vejle every day.

Sounds can sometimes be heard from the Marietta. These sounds can also be heard here.

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