BEYOND NORMAL THINKING: The Possibilities And Impossibilities Of Kaupthinking

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By Snorri Páll Jónsson Úlfhildarson A popular 19th century murder-ballad entitled “Banks Of The Ohio” relays a story of the…

Of Minks And Men

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In one of their best-loved hits, the members of Icelandic pop outfit FM Belfast refer to their natural habitat as…

Ground Zero

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ZEN Ring the bells! Ring the repetitive alarms—the irresistibly itching reminders of circular memories! Pull the triggers! Ignite the fuzes…

Down To The Dog Den

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Anyone familiar with the vertical structure of just about all workplaces—from old school industries and services to the arts, to…

Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall…

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In a world where size certainly matters, David doesn’t defeat Goliath so often. But so he did—and in great style—one…

There Is Definitely, Definitely, Definitely No Logic…

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Long before the opening of his exhibition in Mexico City last year—the aim of which was to print out the…

Below The Promotional Realm

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Now, in the midst of the repercussions of Edward Snowden’s exposé of mass-surveillance directed against individuals and institutions worldwide, it’s…

When There Will Be No Seagull…

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“The seagulls claim the site, the pigeons vanished from the city, no one knows where to or if they were…

The Mark Kennedy Saga Chapter Iceland

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Each time a free-floating rumour gets confirmed, and past political behaviour becomes a scandalous spectacle, one cannot resist wondering if…

Cold War Espionage In Iceland

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“Wire-tapping has commenced,” stated a front-page headline in socialist newspaper Þjóðviljinn (“The People’s Will”) on March 27, 1949. The paper…

Enter The 6th Volume

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How is history written? And by who? Is just anyone capable of writing it? Or should the task be left…

Preserving The Laxá Explosion

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It’s dark and silent—nothing unusual around midnight by the river Laxá and lake Mývatn in the north of Iceland. But…

An End To The Neverending Nightmare?

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“The nation has been unburdened of a nightmare,” Ólafur Jóhannesson, then Minister of Justice, proudly stated in parliament on February…

Not The Knee-Jerk Reaction – Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl on Illska

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Raised in Iceland by Lithuanian parents, Agnes is a history student writing her thesis on today’s right wing populism and…

Listening Becomes The Key Factor

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Together, Albert Finnbogason and Tumi Árnason don’t only stroke the strings and blow the reeds with The Heavy Experience, their…

All The Polluted Air

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Dear Icelanders. Isn’t it appropriate to start a New Year’s address with those two words—words which were never meant to…

Hip-Hop Is A Dialogue

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As the Winter Solstice promises the world brighter days in the coming future and the end of the current Mayan…

Justice Delayed, Justice Denied

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Why would people who have escaped their homelands to seek asylum in Iceland want to leave again? Didn’t they come…

Angeli Novi’s Ticking Time Bomb In The Continuum Of History

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There is a photograph by Richard Peter of a statue of an angel overlooking the card-house-like ruins of Dresden. During…

The Nazi Clause Strikes Again

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Can an individual degrade a whole nation or nation state? Apparently the answer is “yes” as suggested by the 95th…

Hail To Thee, Great Leader!

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Those who have been arrested and interrogated for partaking in political protest, in Iceland and abroad alike, know that the…

The Power Of The Unsaid

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In Grapevine’s last issue, Kári Túlinius poses a question that he then attempts to answer: “What became of the far…

THE BLACK CONE

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Spanish artist Santiago Sierra premiered a giant piece of rock called ‘The Black Cone, Monument To Civil Disobedience’ in front…

“Freedom Of Movement Is A Fundamental Right”

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As if following the pattern of a migratory bird, Iceland’s refugee issues have yet again flown into the discussion. Last…