Katie Paterson - A live phone–line to Vatnajökull glacier, Iceland (2007).
An underwater microphone lead into Jökulsárlón lagoon - an outlet glacial lagoon of Vatnajökull, filled with icebergs - connected to an amplifier, and a mobile-phone, which created a live phone line to the glacier. The number +44(0)7757001122 could be called from any telephone in the world, the listener put through to Vatnajökull. A white neon sign of the phone number hung in the gallery space.
Written by Brian May, the song shows the effort to Freddie
Mercury to continue to write and sing despite the approaching end of his life.
The artist was dying of AIDS-related complications. The singer was ill and
could barely walk when the band recorded the song in 1990. Brian was unsure
whether Mercury was physically able to sing it.
“I said, ‘Fred,
I don’t know if this is going to be possible to sing.’ And he went, 'I’ll
fucking do it, darling’ — vodka down — and went in and killed it, completely
lacerated that vocal.
Freddie recorded it in one take, one of the most remarkable
vocal interpretations of the artist in his later years.