Name? Birgir Örn Thoroddsen Where are you from? Err…. I’m from the City of Árbær. What are you doing? I’m going to the opening of Paul McCarthys & Jason Rhoads’s art show; The Sheep Plug. It’s at gallery Kling & Bang. Two days. It’s unspoiled nature. No, wait, we fucked that up already. Then it’s…hum…ahh.. The clean and unpolluted air we breathe here. What is wrong with Iceland? Public paralysis, the population’s inability to protest against anything (see page 6 for some helpful pointers -ed.) What’s your favourite spot in Reykjavík? The spot where you can see over all of Reykjavík when you drive down Ártúnsbrekka. What can Iceland learn from the outside world? It can get more variation from the outside world. What can Iceland teach the outside world? We can teach the world how to respect other people. Well, no, I forgot how we behave in the weekends. Let’s say we can teach the world how to make the present blend in with nature. Where would you prefer to live? In Reykjavík.
In early 2014, we at Reykjavík Grapevine were forwarded a hand-drawn image entitled “Huldufolk [sic] of Iceland Remote Viewed.” The simple line drawing surrounded by redacted text was rather unlike any images of huldufólk that we had ever seen, a not at all humanoid, almost tentacled figure that appeared to be projecting some sort of light. And although not all (or maybe any) of us were terribly convinced by the drawing and its accompanying ”conclusions” (opaque statements such as “Partially amorphous cortical homunculi (sensory)”), we enjoyed it enough to share the image on our Facebook page. Well, it turns out
Wow! How awesome was Reykjavík Pride this year? I mean, did you see Páll Óskar’s glittering swan? A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. It is estimated that over 90,000 took to the streets of Reykjavík for Pride 2014, to celebrate diversity and show support for all people. “This year’s Pride was a fabulous mix of celebration, education and a powerful reminder of the work that still needs to be done regarding LGBTQI issues,” says Eva María Þórarinsdóttir Lange, Chair of Reykjavík Pride. “The parade was a meaningful glitter bomb!” Yup, for this edition of Pride, the sun was shining (thanks for coming out, sun!), spirits
Come August, Gerður Kristný, one of Iceland’s most celebrated contemporary authors, will be leaving the desolate, volcanic landscapes of Iceland for the vast cornfields of Iowa in order to participate in the prestigious International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. This unique ten-week residency programme brings together a diverse group of accomplished writers and poets from around the world for a chance to network, write, collaborate, lecture, and discuss current trends in world literature. This opportunity marks an exciting new chapter in Gerður´s career, especially as her global reputation and commercial success continue to grow. We spoke to Gerður
On June 28, the 5 Gyres Institute sailed into Reykjavík following a three-week expedition during which they collected marine plastic samples from Bermuda to Iceland. Led by half-Icelandic Research Director Dr. Marcus Eriksen, a super-crew consisting of 13 advocates, sailing experts, artists, journalists, students and others set out with the goal of researching the North Atlantic and subpolar gyres. Gyres are large rotating ocean current systems that accumulate what is estimated to be hundreds of thousands of tonnes of plastic that makes its way into the world’s oceans. Few would be better suited to carry out this research than the
Tuesday, August 12, 2014. Poet Bragi Páll Sigurðarson just disclosed his new tattoo. It is situated on his right thigh, just above the knee. Unlike most tattoos, this one is written in Times New Roman. One sentence, split in two lines, it reads: “Hanna Birna, segðu af þér.” That is: “Hanna Birna, resign.” Standard punctuation. The direct message is as clear-cut as the typography. The demand, of course, refers to the scandal surrounding Iceland’s Interior Minister in recent months, which has been duly covered in this paper. I caught Bragi Páll on Facebook to ask him some questions. Well, before
Iceland’s reputation as a haven for LGBTQIA people is well founded with same-sex marriage legal since 2010 and same-sex adoption since 2012. Fair enough, but what of those travelling into the country? People who won’t be here long enough to enjoy these benefits? Enter Pink Iceland, the first gay-owned and operated travel company, specialising in day/group/luxury/tailored tours, weddings and inter/national events. We reached out to one of the owners, Hannes Páll, to hear about what Pink Iceland does. Why was Pink Iceland formed? Eva and Birna, the two founders, were heavily involved with the LGBTQIA community, Eva being the chairman