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    Short-Circuit to Idiocy

    Icelandic artist Snorri Ásmundsson recently distributed a video on YouTube, that has since been publicized through most Icelandic-speaking news media. In the video, Snorri sings the Israeli national hymn, Hatikvah, in Hebrew. It seems objectively safe to say that the artist sings it badly: the unimpressive singing seems to be a deliberate part of the

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    A Constant Chorus Of Little Fuck Yous

    It’s fairly safe to assume that C-O-N-T-I-N-U-A-T-I-O-N, Peter Liversidge’s exhibition at i8, will only be comprised of a portion of what the artist originally intended to showcase. This is due to the introduction of an unwilling collaborator, namely the postal service. In fact, according to the artist, he’s only had about 70% success rate on

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    Blue Sky Thinking

    Deciding on a finale for a festival whose theme is ‘art as a living process’ must have been something of a challenge. What could be a fitting work that’s at once suitably celebratory and attention-grabbing, and yet ephemeral, temporary or open-ended?  Enter young Icelandic artist Ragnheiður Harpa Leifsdóttir, whose practise fortuitously engages with all of

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    A Bunch Of Great People Doing Great Stuff

    Guðrún Lilja Gunnlaugsdóttir In Your Hands: three-dimensional creation and technique The theme of this year’s Reykjavik Arts Festival is “Not Finished”, referring to the continual nature of the artistic process. That said, how do you know when a work is finished? Work is a continuous circle. You can always make improvements, add knowledge, or ask

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    Not Finished

    Nestled between two fancy restaurants on Lækjargata is an impressive white house that overlooks the town pond, with a castellated tower called “Gimli.” It´s oddly discreet for such a grand building, semi-obscured by trees, and marked only with a small silver plaque. But it´s not another upmarket eatery – its the warren of white-cube offices

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    Not For The Faint-Hearted

    While conformity isn’t what typically comes to mind when thinking of contemporary Icelandic designers, Akureyri’s Jónborg Sigurðardóttir took unconventional to another level, once again, with Flóðbylgja (`Tsunami’), her latest art installation that was displayed at Ketilhúsið from March 1 through April 6. Flóðbylgja is a reflection on over-consumption and our object-glorifying society. Intrigued by the

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    The Exception That Proves The Rule

    Earlier this year, artist Ragnar Kjartansson and composer Kjartan Sveinsson put on a particularly subversive production at Berlin’s Volksbühne theatre. At one of the most avant-garde theatres in Europe, they staged a grandiose 60-minute performance involving giant Romantic-style tableaus along with music for a 40-piece orchestra and 16-piece choir. With no actors or storyline to

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    No Pretty Butterfly Show

    “I first came here to read at the International Nýhil Poetry Festival in 2007. Before I knew, I was on stage with [local rock group] Reykjavík!, chugging Southern Comfort at three o’clock in the morning. Soon enough, I found myself yearning for Iceland as if it were a lover.” After visiting frequently over the subsequent


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    Everything In A Cake

    The phrase “allt í köku” is one of the Icelandic language’s many interesting, old-fashioned aphorisms. It roughly translates as “everything in a cake,” and while that might not sound like such a bad thing, the phrase is actually a way of saying “everything is in a mess.”Ísafjörður-born, Akureyri-based artist Dagrún Matthíasdóttir uses textual interplays like

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    Comic by Lóa Hjálmtýsdóttir, Issue 05, 2014

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    One Man’s Cave

    Everyone should have a place to exist outside of his or her own mind, which is probably why some people have kids, some write books, some make music and 28-year-old Frosti Gnarr created Grotta (“Cave”) Zine. He publishes the 30-something-page zine under the guise of ‘A forum for Icelandic artists,’ but each issue is sent

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    Icelandic Fashion Grows Up

    Reykjavík Fashion Festival is in its fifth year and has been a fantastically worthwhile, if ambitious, project for a country with only 330,000 people and one fashion college (Fashion Academy Reykjavík). It’s a long, long journey for those students who graduate, those who have the courage to struggle against all odds, find funding and, hopefully,

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