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Living Art Museum

Living Art Museum

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Published September 3, 2008

A non-profit gallery that organizes 8-10 larger exhibitions every year as well as other cultural events.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: múm—Slow Down

VIDEO PREMIERE: múm—Slow Down

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For your viewing and listening pleasures, we present a brand spankin’ new video from the one and only MÚM! Set to the track Slow Down of 2013’s wonderful Smilewound LP, it features a naked drummer, an elemental woman and layers and layers of obscure literary and film allusions (try and see if you can spot ‘em all). As for múm, the band recently announced that they will be playing a number of shows this year, starting off with a show in Istanbul, Turkey, on February 12. Watch the video below, and then read on for some words from the creative

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Óbóriffic!

Óbóriffic!

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We asked Mr. Óli Björn Ólafsson, Óbó, to write us a letter and talk little bit about the year 2014 as it pertained to him, since it was kind of monumental in his life. Yup, the local legend-slash-player of instruments for many of your favourite Icelandic bands (there’s a Tumblr dedicated to him out there) finally managed to release a solo album, ‘Innhverfi’. And it’s pretty goddamn wonderful (see, for instance, the Straumur list of 2014’s best releases elsewhere in this issue). You should read Óbó’s letter and then go like his Facebook page, and then check out the delightful

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Music For Dark Days

Music For Dark Days

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As Reykjavík society withdraws from the bleak northern winter into a post-Christmas domestic bubble, the city’s cultural calendar looks uncharacteristically bare. But fear not, because for four days in January, there’s an event housed in the warm and airy confines of Harpa, one that uses the darkness to shine the spotlight on the intriguing world of Iceland’s contemporary and experimental composers. Dark Music Days (Myrkir Músíkdagar, in Icelandic) has been running since 1980, beginning as a biannual event.  “When the festival began,” says artistic director Kjartan Ólafsson, sitting in the Harpa cafe, “there was nothing much happening in Reykjavík from

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Sandra Kolstad Unveils Iceland-Inspired Video

Sandra Kolstad Unveils Iceland-Inspired Video

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Berlin-based Norwegian pop artist Sandra Kolstad has released a very fancy video for her new single My Yellow Heart, shot late last year right here in Iceland. It shows Sandra galloping and running across what looks like Heiðmörk and Solheimasandur, with avalanches, eruptions, rising sparks and all kinds of cinematic trickery thrown in for good measure. Says Sandra, of the shoot: “It was my first time in Iceland, and I was very excited about being there. It’s like another planet, which was so perfect for the feeling we wanted to create in the video. My Yellow Heart is my personal

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Björk Speaks On Vulnicura And Feminism

Björk Speaks On Vulnicura And Feminism

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Pitchfork have published the first new interview with Björk, in which she discusses the making of Vulnicura. She expresses nervy anticipation of releasing such a personal album into the world: I’m a little nervous. Definitely. Especially coming from an album like Biophilia, which was about the universe. This is more of a traditional singer/songwriter thing. When I started writing, I fought against it. I thought it was way too boring and predictable. But most of the time, it just happens; there’s nothing you can do. You have to let it be what it is. The interview moves on to discusses

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Björk’s Vulnicura To Come Out Worldwide Within 24 Hours

Björk’s Vulnicura To Come Out Worldwide Within 24 Hours

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Björk’s eighth studio album, Vulnicura, has appeared much sooner than expected. After the record leaked onto the internet, Björk has announced via Facebook that the album is to be released worldwide over the next 24 hours – indeed, it’s already available on iTunes in some places. The theme and art concept for the album have also been revealed – the album is about heartbreak, with Björk cast this time as a lank-haired, black-clad figure with a cloven chest, pierced all over her torso with what looks like hundreds of acupuncture needles. Snap-releasing is becoming a recognised tactic for major albums,

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