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   DROW TNING
   IN DEBason Explores
        lg      r He
     Haukur Málonization
     The Re-Co ndic Nation
     Of The Icela




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EDITORIAL                                                                                                                                                              COMIC STRIP BY LÓA HJÁLMTÝSDÓTTIR

Haukur’s 4th Editorial!
I’m not gonna lie to you – this fourth edito-                                                                            it, making sure everyone was fairly and
rial of mine will be a bland, run-of the mill                                                                            accurately represented. It looked good,
one. See, my brain stopped working a few                                                                                 too. And then, due to some unforeseen
hours back – I’ve been up for the longest                                                                                complications we... ehrm... couldn’t fit it
time translating political banter and cliché                                                                             anywhere. There was just no room. Not
terminologies for THE GRAPEVINE’S                                                                                        enough pages. Fuck.
ALL-ENCOMPASSING GUIDE TO THE                                                                                                Enter THE INTERNET and its magi-
2009 ICELANDIC PARLIAMENTARY                                                                                             cal powers and endless supply of blank
ELECTIONS. We thought we’d service                                                                                       electro-pages. We decided to make a spe-
our local, English-speaking readership by                                                                                cial section on our web site, www.grape-
providing all the information they need to                                                                               vine.is, dedicated to the elections, where
make an informed decision of whom to                                                                                     all the material we’ve accumulated and
vote for in the upcoming elections.                                                                                      strived over may be found in its entirety.
     It was quite the task. We rang up all                                                                               So go there and read it now, please. We
the political parties (there’s like... eight of                                                                          know you carry your laptop everywhere,
them running now) and asked ‘em to send                                                                                  and you do need to actively participate in
us a brief description of their agendas and                                                                              the democratic process. So go there. Read
ideologies, as well as answering ten se-                                                                                 stuff, enlighten yourself, learn what our
lect questions we posed. The idea was to                                                                                 future rulers have to say for themselves.
give the parties an opportunity to present                                                                               Please. We worked real hard.
themselves exactly the way they wished                                                                                       Anyway. I assume you’ve been on the
while answering some key questions; to                                                                                   Internet now and read the entire election
give them an open platform to speak to                                                                                   section. Good work! You must now im-
their voters and others interested in Ice-                                                                               mediately turn your attention to Haukur
landic politics.                                                                                                         Már Helgason’s stunning article on the
     When they finally turned in the re-                                                                                 current re-colonization of the Icelandic
quested materials, we needed to translate                                                                                nation, and what that process entails. Pay
it all into English; a very lengthy endeav-                                                                              close attention: it has some very chilling
our that revealed to me for once and all                                                                                 information that you need to know, and it
just how much of what our politicians                                                                                    also happens to feature some of the best
utter is comprised of utterly meaningless                                                                                writing we’ve ever run, in my humble
drivel that they seem to spew by pure force                                                                              opinion.
of habit.
     You know what I’m talking about,                                                                                    BTW: Jamming is brilliant!
right? They’ve got all these crazy words
and phrases they use all the time that
don’t really mean anything at all. If you
stick your head in them long enough,
for instance while translating them, your
mind will eventually melt into a soft mush
– sorta like mine did a few hours back.
Where was I?
     So, we created this awesome guide
to the upcoming elections, spent a lot of
time working on it and stressing about




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       DROWNING                                                                                                   Art Direction:
       IN DEBT Explores
         Of The Icela
                      Helgason
         Haukur Már zation
         The Re-Coloni Nation
                     ndic
                                                                                                                  Jóhannes Kjartansson
                                                                                                                  & Hörður Kristbjörnsson

                                                                                                                  On Cover
                                                                                                                  Dalí

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    By the time they turn 30, most Icelanders have taken student loans, a real-estate loan, a ‘car-loan’,
    traveled on VISA, and raised a baby on overdraft. We all seem to be counting on cover-star Dalí (3),
    and his kindergarten pals to eventually foot the bill. PG. 8.




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                                                  Warning: An incurable fatal venereal dis-      we were finger-printed, put managed to
                                                  ease is permitted entry into the general       go to Belgium. From there we were sent       Stuff We Liked In March
                                                  population, a disease with virtually no        back to Greece, because of the Dublin
                                                  symptoms, and an incubation period of          agreement. In Greece we did not get          -Hüsker Dü
                                                  many years. The stigma of this disease         anything - we have not been treated like
                                                  is such that the media decides to mini-        humans. Because of the unacceptable          -The daily updated news at
                                                  mize mention of t he topic. As a result,       situation in Greece I sent my sister back    Grapevine.is, courtesy of Paul
                                                  the public are ill-informed of the con-        to Syria to my mother. After some time,      Nikolov
                                                  sequences of promiscuity, the primary          I got a permit to stay in Greece for six
                                                  cause of spread. Now, 25 years after its       months. I tried to find work so me and       -DesignMarch
                                                  discovery, promiscuity is still "fashion-      my brother would survive. When I went
                                                  able" and pornography is rampant. I            to extend my permit they told me             -The Retro Stefson DJ-set at
                                                  can't see how the consequences of this               I had to leave the country within 30   Karamba
                                                  can be considered anything less than           days, because I did not have any papers
                                                  the decimation of mankind, i.e., mass          in Greece. That is when I decided to go      -Karamba in general
                                                  death preceded by mass dementia.               to Canada, because it is not a Schengen-
                                                  There are at present about 100 million         country and the possibility that I could     -Our Twitter feed (twitter.com/
                                                  AIDS orphans in Africa, where the virus        stay and live there were higher than in      rvkgrapevine)
                                                  originated. What is happening in Africa        Europe. My plan was to go through Ice-
                                                  will happen across the globe. What's           land, but here they stopped me and I had     -P.Diddy’s Twitter page, people!
                                                  going to stop it? There's no cure on the       to apply for asylum, so I would not be
                                                  horizon, and the media seems to think          sent back to Greece. I have been here for    -New South Park
                                                  that ignoring it will make it go away.         7 months now, not knowing what is go-
                                                  How does an "intelligent" society jus-         ing to happen. Last Thursday the police      -Knowing Jonathan Richman was
                                                  tify this imminent holocaust? And when         picked me up and put me in jail, where I     on his way
                                                  blame is cast, whose decision was it to        was told, that I was going to be deported
                                                  ignore all medical warnings and release        to Greece on Friday. I had to sign a paper   -Our March issue. Especially the
                                                  this plague upon the children of man?          which was written entirely in Icelandic.     cover
                                                  Because history will call this "The Time       I was told, that I can appeal to this de-
                                                  of the Great Dying".                           cision within 15 days, but I would have      -Sudden Weather Change’s listening
                                                                                                 to do this from Greece, which would          party
                                                  Afraid of the truth?                           be impossible and hopeless. Luckily
                                                                                                 the deportation was stopped. Now I am        -Ragnar Jón Hrólfsson. We’ve been
                                                  310-593-1297 - Stefan Lazarus [via a cra-      here and I do not know what is going         liking him since December, at least.
                                                  zy looking postcard]                           to happen. I do not want to go back to
                                                                                                 my country and I ask of everybody who        -The band Wavves (read Sindri
                                                  Dear Stefan,                                   believes in humanity to help me to stay      Eldon’s review in the music section)
                                                  If this is indeed the truth, then YES, WE      here. What you just read is only a small
                                                  ARE AFRAID OF THE TRUTH! Happy                 part of my story. What I am asking for, is   -All the awesome material we were
                                                  now, you goddamn killjoy?                      just a simple life in peace and without      sent for this issue
                                                                                                 the fear of being sent back.
                                                                                                                                              -Being annoyed that we couldn’t fit
                                                                                                 Yours sincerely                              it all the awesome material in this
                                                  Dear Sir or Madam,                             Nour Al-din Alazzawi                         issue (but the May issues will be
                                                  below is the story of one of the refugees,                                                  killer!)
                                                  that was supposed to be sent to Greece         Dear Anna and Nour,
                                                  last Friday (March 27). It would be great,     thank you for the letter. Us at the Grape-   -Bob Dylan's 'Tangled Up in Blue'
                                                  if you could publish it. If you need more      vine sincerely hope your issues will be
                                                  information or want to get in touch with       resolved in an adequate manner. The          -Scoring an awesome new intern
                                                  the refugees personally, you can contact       treatment you have been subject to by        from Canada [via Finland]




      Reykjavík
                                                  me at any time. Thank you very much!           European and Icelandic authorities is
                                                                                                 simply unacceptable by any standard.         -Hating on Pizza Pronto. Their pizza
                                                  Kind regards                                   As an Icelandic citizen, I take offense at   really, really sucks.
                                                  Anna Reitbauer                                 being represented by institutions like the
                                                                                                 current Directorate of Immigration and       -Classic John Carpenter flick “The


       Welcome Card                               My name is Nour Al-din Alazzawi, I am 19
                                                  years old and I am from Iraq/Baghdad. I
                                                  left my home-country in 2006, because
                                                                                                 will be sure to make note of that in the
                                                                                                 coming elections. Again, this is simply
                                                                                                 unacceptable.
                                                                                                                                              Thing”

                                                                                                                                              -That crazy dance exhibit at
                                                  my father got killed by terrorist, for work-                                                Sundhöllin
       Enjoy the Thermal Pools, Museums,          ing as a translator for America in Bagh-
                                                  dad greenzone. Because I also worked
       Public Transport and discounts.            with the Americans, they threatend my
                                                  life and tried to kill me. That is why me
                                                  and my family fled from our country to
                                                  Syria, where we stayed around 2 years.
                                                  Me, my sister and my brother decided
                                                  to go to our older brother in Belgium.
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                                                          YOUR COMPLETE AND TOTAL GUIDE TO
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                                                          All you need to know in one handy page!




                                                          Grapevine’s questions to the parties:                                  2) The Independent Party holds primaries for the party list in          coast guard as security measures for Icelanders in the future.          sided adoption of another currency.                                     economic administration in and of themselves, but a statement
                                                          1) Briefly describe the party’s general agenda using one               all voting districts. The thousands of voters who participated          Military leaning ideas should be put aside in current tribula-          4) Indebted companies will be offered for sale and offers only          of our interest in joining will make our policy clear to the out-
                                                          sentence.                                                              have secured great renewal on the party lists.                          tion. Cutbacks alone are not an option. Creating new jobs               accepted if a reasonable price is to be had. If not, employees          side world and help us regain some much needed trust.
                                                          2) There have been loud calls for renewal in the ranks of Icelan-      3) The need for stability and a competitive economic environ-           with all means possible is essential and thus increases the             will be allowed to take over the companies. The owners’ debt            8) The responsibility lies with those who led the party over
                                                          dic MPs and politicians lately? How has your party responded           ment has been the main justification for joining the European           nations income.                                                         will not be automatically written off, but we can grant them fa-        the last decade: led the crony-privatisation of the banks to
                                                          to these requests?                                                     Union (EU) and taking up the Euro, even though EU member-                                                                                       vourable loans or change their debts into government equity.            selected groups connected with those in power – and then
BY DR. gunnI                                              3) What is your party’s financial agenda? What are you going
                                                          to do about the króna?
                                                                                                                                 ship would likely be detrimental to the fishing industry and
                                                                                                                                 agriculture, as well as having other significant drawbacks.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         L FOR ICELANDIC AUTONOMY –
                                                                                                                                                                                                         LISTI FULLVELDISSINNA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 5) The very serious matter of household debt will be immedi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ately rectified by bringing the price indexation to what it was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         gave them the freedom to grow at will without the Central Bank
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         being used to restrain them and promote economic stability.
                                                          4) How does the party plan to help Icelandic companies?                       A broad discussion has taken place within the Indepen-           Democracy, sovereignty and ethics                                       before our economy collapsed (January of 2008). The capital             Furthermore, they promoted inflation and debt accumulation
                                                          5) How does the party plan to help Icelandic homes?                    dence Party about the pros and cons of Iceland joining the EU.                 We wish to reconstruct and empower democracy by run-             and mortgage rates will lower according to that. Real inter-            and called the results “good year.” The Alliance Party is respon-
                                                          6) How can Iceland regain trustworthiness in the eyes of for-          The conclusion is that, according to the Independence Party, if         ning a group of free men and women for parliament, people               est on price-indexed loans will be 2-3% at most and mortage             sible, like other political parties; mainly by greatly overestimat-
Reykjavík, late '50s. Once rock ‘n’ roll had arrived      eign investors and creditors? How can Iceland prevent becom-
                                                          ing isolated in the global village?
                                                                                                                                 the Parliament or government decides upon an application for
                                                                                                                                 EU membership, a national election should be held about that
                                                                                                                                                                                                         that will let their work do the talking and move the decision
                                                                                                                                                                                                         making process out of the parties’ headquarters and into the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 payments may be postponed for two years by extending the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 loans. Due to exchange rate insured loans, the household debt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ing the time we had to set things right and reach a soft landing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The sub-prime mortgage crisis in the US that spread around the

fresh and powerful, the kids born around 1940 fell        7) What is your party’s stance on the European Union?
                                                          8) Who is responsible for the Icelandic economic collapse and
                                                                                                                                 decision based on defined goals and conditions. At any rate,
                                                                                                                                 national elections should follow from any possible results of
                                                                                                                                                                                                         parliament itself. The L-list wishes to safeguard the sovereignty,
                                                                                                                                                                                                         independence and national freedom of Iceland. We wish to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 will be rectified in correlation with price indexed mortgage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 loans. We will then make an arrangement with the owners of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         world deprived us of that extra time.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         9) The Alliance Party wants the nation itself to be involved with
                                                          the problems Iceland now faces? Does your party share any              membership negotiations.                                                promote increased free trade and we believe it is important             price-indexed mortgages to change them into fixed interest              any constitutional aspects and thus submitted a bill proposing
flat for it. Their foreign role models were swank         of the responsibility?
                                                          9) What is your party’s stance on constitutional change?
                                                                                                                                 4) Icelanders should never accept unemployment in the coun-
                                                                                                                                 try. We must immediately be on the offensive. We will secure
                                                                                                                                                                                                         that Icelanders themselves govern their right to negotiate with
                                                                                                                                                                                                         other nations. We outright reject joining the European Union.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 bonds and the price indexation in mortgage agreements will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 be abolished.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         a constitutional parliament. Furthermore, we have proposed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         that the constitution entail a charter on Iceland’s resources be-
rock and pop singers, not beat groups as later in         Should we assemble a constitutional parliament, or are there
                                                          other ways?
                                                                                                                                 up to twenty thousand new jobs in our term in office as well as
                                                                                                                                 protecting already existing jobs. We will do this by:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                We wish to reconsider Iceland’s governmental structure
                                                                                                                                                                                                         with a new constitution that will empower voters and better
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 6) We need to be humble and treat the IceSave and Edge issues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 as the frauds that they surely were. We need to seek help from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ing national property, a charter on how to amend the constitu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         tion between parliaments and how we can demand national
                                                          10) It is given that the Icelandic state needs to initiate many cut-   -      Completing the reorganization the fiscal system within           ensure the separation of legislative and executive powers. We           the nations that were hurt by our racketeers to reclaim their           vote on certain issues.
the '60s. Therefore not many groups were formed           backs in the near future. Where should those be imposed, in            three months. One of the most pressing issues for the Icelandic         want Alþingi to maintain the unconditional legislative powers           stolen money, what cannot be reclaimed our racketeers will              10) Social democrats emphasise the defence of those who are
                                                          your opinion, and are there any fields that should be “exempt”         labour market and families is an effective banking system.              within the land and jurisdiction of Iceland. We wish to ensure          be held accountable for.                                                the worst off and of those things that will build our future, such
in Iceland yet. Instead, young and unknown singers        from such cutbacks?                                                    -      Immediately lifting restraints on foreign exchange and
                                                                                                                                 preventing the regression of Icelandic society by decades.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         that Iceland’s resources remain the nation’s property.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                The L-list feels it is urgent to reinforce our executive sys-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 7) Our stance is that we must ensure that Icelanders can make
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 an informed decision on the matter. The only way to do that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         as education and opportunities for young people. We will steer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         expenses by joining ministries and institutions. Instead of look-
                                                                                                                                 -      Stoping the move towards centralized government and              tem with new laws and regulations, where national interest,             in our opinion is to start negotiations with the EU, because it is      ing at the expenses of years past and asking where to cut, we
got to perform with big established bands, such as        THE PROGRESSIVE PARTY –                                                nationalization, a system the current leftist governments sadly         professionalism and transparency will be key. In these mat-             only when the details of any agreement to join are clear that           need to look at the services and tasks at hand and ask what we
                                                          FRAMSÓKNARFLOKKURINN                                                   seems to consider natural.                                              ters we feel it is urgent to build up a new Icelandic legal frame       we can decide whether this is something the nation wants.               need in order to address them as best we can.
The KK Sextet. Sometimes the up-and-comers sang           The Progressive Party is a liberal socialist party constantly
                                                          working for societal reforms and finding solutions to its many
                                                                                                                                 -      Rejecting all new taxes for the labour market and indi-
                                                                                                                                 viduals. They will be overburdened by higher taxes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         around financial activities.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                We wish to reconstruct the nation’s interests, maintaining
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 When all the information is at hand, we will call for a national
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 referendum on the issue.                                                THE LEFT-GREEN MOVEMENT –

a few tunes at dances, other times special shows          shared problems, based on co-operation and equality. The Pro-
                                                          gressive policy puts people and their welfare upfront.
                                                                                                                                 -      Creating consensus about the harnessing of our resourc-
                                                                                                                                 es and starting immediately the building up the high-energy
                                                                                                                                                                                                         disciplined and ethical governance and using the best local
                                                                                                                                                                                                         and international experts to that aim.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 8) The system, politicians and banksters. Around 90% of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Business Council’s agreements became law or some sort of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         VINSTRIHREYFINGIN – GRÆNT FRAMBOÐ
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The Left-Green Movement seeks to promote radical social im-
                                                                We wish to continue to build a society based on the core         sectors, such as databases, aluminium smelters and other high-                 Regarding the finances of households and companies,              regulation. How can that happen? Yes, the Business Council              provements for the public benefit, to promote respect and pro-
were staged where up to twenty young singers got          values of democracy, personal freedom, equality and social
                                                          responsibility.
                                                                                                                                 tech businesses.
                                                                                                                                 -      Affecting temporary changes in the tax system to stimu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         we feel it is urgent to permanently ensure normal interest rates,
                                                                                                                                                                                                         to circulate capital anew and revise price indexation. We feel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 shared the same interest as MPs. They were voted to protect our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 interest, and they failed us. They were not thinking about us,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         tection of Iceland’s nature and environment and to strengthen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         rural areas throughout the country. The Movement is a forum
to sing a song each. The best of those kids kept at it          We fight for human rights, respect for individuals and
                                                          the family. We reject favoritism and discrimination based,
                                                                                                                                 late job creation and development, which will be especially
                                                                                                                                 beneficial at new innovative businesses.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         we need to establish a fund that, like the “kreppa” fund of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                         mid- 20th century, temporarily overtakes the assets of debt-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 but about protecting and maximizing their stake in “the boom-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ing economy.” And the rest is history.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and campaign tool for those who wish to eliminate gender
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         discrimination and ensure equal rights, women’s freedom and
                                                          for example, on ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, religion,          5) In this country, a long tradition exists of families investing     laden households.                                                       9) In order to come to terms with ourselves and our descen-             increased equality within society.
and some even put out records.                            language, nationality or political views. We will always defend        in their own homes. Radical measures need to be taken to pre-                  The L-list feels it is unrealistic to expect Icelandic taxpay-   dants, who will pay for our sins, we need to incur an institu-                The Left-Green Movement seeks to develop a demo-
                                                          freedom of opinion, expression, religion and the sanctity of           vent loss of homes by individuals and due to temporary finan-           ers to carry the debts of individuals and companies.                    tional parliament. However, that cannot happen like the cur-            cratic and fair society founded on the active participation of
       Eighteen-year-old Þorsteinn Eggertsson was         private life.
                                                                We value humans over wealth and think that all human
                                                                                                                                 cial problems. To achieve this, we will do the following:
                                                                                                                                 -      Allow homeowners to be able to lower their monthly pay-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                The L-list is a spokesperson for thriftiness and economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                         in state finances, and feels it is important to meet hardships in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 rent government is proposing. That bill was thought out by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the party, for the party. Us in the Civilian Movement want an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the public. The Movement rejects the autocracy of capitalism
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and seeks to protect the independence of the nation and its

so convincing in his rock and roll fury that Haukur       beings should share the same basic rights to an education, per-
                                                          sonal growth and basic standard of living, regardless of their
                                                                                                                                 ments by up to 50% for three years as well as to extend their
                                                                                                                                 period of lending. The goal is to adjust the monthly payment to
                                                                                                                                                                                                         running the state by revising spending policies in certain fields.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         We also believe that if we are to raise taxes, we should make
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 institutional parliament of the people, for the people.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 10) Any deficit will be met by reconsidering our taxation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         sovereignty over its own natural resources. The Left-Green
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Movement wishes to resign membership in military alliances.
                                                          origin, health and economic stature.                                   people‘s financial ability and increase the flexibility of regular      sure that they do not affect low-income groups and that we              system, by increasing taxation steps, a high-income tax and             The Movement places emphasis on positive and peaceful co-
Morthens dubbed him “The Icelandic Elvis”. Egg-                 We wish to reinforce human capital by providing every
                                                          individual with stimulation and a chance to mature and grow
                                                                                                                                 instalments. To respond to the altered circumstances in the
                                                                                                                                 economy, a decreasing of loan’s capital will be considered.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         should explore a layered system of taxation. We wish to abol-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         ish VAT on foodstuffs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 changes to the VAT system, for example, rather than cutting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 back on health and welfare. The IMF will not be allowed to take
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         operation with all nations, protecting Iceland’s nature and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         environment and ensuring the sustainable development of
ertsson kept it real, steered clear of any soppy shit,    in both work and leisure. We aim for a society of tolerance and
                                                          open-mindedness, so that every aspect of our community and
                                                                                                                                 -      We aim to convert fixed price loans into unfixed loans
                                                                                                                                 when inflation and interest rates have been stabilized.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                We wish to reconstruct the economy through lucrative
                                                                                                                                                                                                         projects, exploitation of resources, innovation and the pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 control of the country.                                                 society.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The Left-Green Movement believes that the classic points
                                                          the individuals therein may blossom.                                   -      All the government‘s ideas about high- and middle in-            motion of freedom of employment. We want to safeguard the               THE DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT –                                                of emphasis of the left movement with regards to equality and
sticking to rock and roll exclusively while fostering           We want the nation to have the highest determining pow-          come taxes are rejected, as the victims of these are most often         interests of Icelandic industry, its evolution and reinforcement.       LÝÐRÆÐISHREYFINGIN                                                      social justice, radical environmental protection and demands
                                                          er over its own issues, and for those in government to rule only       big families with large financial responsibilities.                     We feel it is urgent to ensure that local production industries         Most political scientists agree that democracy now needs to             for sustainable development, should and must be integrated.
serious lyrical ambitions. Coming from Keflavík,          within their commission. We work diligently for a fair society,
                                                          open governance and the distribution of power.
                                                                                                                                 -      The fixed interest rate of the Central Bank of Iceland will
                                                                                                                                 be decreased and reach 5-6% towards the end of this year. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                         can acquire Icelandic power at efficient prices.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                We want to emphasize the marketing of Icelandic produc-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 seek its roots and that the current representative system is out-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 dated that does not suit the needs of the modern information
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         No single aspect listed can survive on its own when looking to-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ward the future. The standards of living and welfare of current

right by the US Army base, he had learned English               We wish to build the nation’s economy on a free-market
                                                          basis of private enterprise and co-operative enterprise, so that
                                                                                                                                 Icelandic labour market and homes cannot tolerate this high
                                                                                                                                 interest rate.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         tion and design in an international context by ensuring compa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         nies in the field better access to capital at affordable rates, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 society. The Icelandic representative democracy has evolved
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 into party rule; a cesspool of corruption. In the backrooms of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         generations cannot be based on damaging natural resources,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         thus curtailing the rights of generations to follow. In the same
                                                          the enterprise of individuals and collectives may fully prosper.       6) No answer provided.                                                  barter arrangements.                                                    Alþingi, MPs are encouraged to obey the party lines, which are          sense, this means that in a sound environmental policy, short-
better than most of his fellow countrymen. Later                We have a great responsibility towards collaborating with
                                                          other nations on mutual tasks. We want our international inter-
                                                                                                                                 7) The Independence Party holds that Iceland’s interests are
                                                                                                                                 best secured by remaining outside of the EU while conduct-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Furthermore, we believe that state ownership of corpora-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         tions is in many cases justifiable, but should emphasise equal-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 often laid out in the boardrooms of corporations that eventu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ally profit off the parliament’s decisions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         term interests, consumerism and greed must be replaced by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the protection of the environment and the preservation of natu-
he was quoted in an interview saying: “The radio          actions to be based on the acknowledgement of each nation’s
                                                          right to independence and self-governance.
                                                                                                                                 ing a close healthy relationship with it based on the contract
                                                                                                                                 for the European Economic Area, which opens up the internal
                                                                                                                                                                                                         ity, transparency and distributed ownership where privatisa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         tion is employed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        After elections, we have no way of knowing what the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 regime is going to look like. Campaign promises amount to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ral resources. The work at hand is to elevate the value placed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         on the real qualities of life and to create a society where justice
                                                                We aim for a reasonable and sustainable exploitation             market of the EU. A complete membership would threaten to                      The L-list bases its platform on modest bourgeoisie              nothing in light of the MP tradeoffs for the various ministries         and equality are in harmony with Nature in its entirety and with
signal was bleary back then and one didn’t hear           of the earth’s resources that does not interfere with the inter-       take control over Iceland’s biggest national resources, such as         values, i.e. hard work, equality and tolerance. We reject neo-          and power. Individuals that get selected with a few hundred             Mother Earth.
                                                          ests of future generations. We believe that all local resources        the fisheries. The Independence Party also emphasizes greatly           libertarianism, greed and extremism, but fight for a cultured           votes behind them at the party convention can wind up as PM.                  In the upcoming elections, we place the greatest em-
but a bit of what Elvis was singing. The other kids       should be subject to the unconditional governance of Iceland-
                                                          ers.
                                                                                                                                 that it will ultimately be the Icelandic nation, the people, who
                                                                                                                                 decide if membership talks with the EU commence, and a
                                                                                                                                                                                                         society and diverse education. We emphasise equal rights of
                                                                                                                                                                                                         every social group. We emphasise that the living conditions of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The nation did not vote him, and most of us cannot trust him for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 our survival and future. But due to the system’s flaws, the party
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         phasis on four issues: a healthy economy, full employment, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Scandinavian welfare system, and democratic reform. We look
                                                                We believe it is every person’s basic right to choose his or     second vote will be conducted about the result of possible              the Icelandic nation be upheld and ensured. We wish to secure           machine has taken power from us.                                        especially to those who are unemployed and the low-income
repeated his lyrics just like parrots, in a pigeon lan-   her own place of residence. Good transportation, telecommu-            membership talks.                                                       the welfare and well-being of families and students, at home                   Is there a better way to run society? A simpler, cheaper         groups in our society, and suggest that every child and teen-
                                                          nication, varied employment opportunities and a diverse se-            8) A host of intersecting factors caused the crisis and the fall        and abroad.                                                             and safer way for our life’s work and family? Do we want to             ager in elementary schools have one healthy meal per day free
guage, which I found disgraceful. Instead I started       lection of education, culture and healthcare are all key factors
                                                          in equalizing circumstances. We build upon a liberal ideology
                                                                                                                                 of the banks. External factors played a vital role. The interna-
                                                                                                                                 tional economic crisis limited access to foreign lending a great        THE L-LIST’S ANSWERS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 tread the same tracks anew, the politics of yesterday that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 bankrupted the nation? Or will we learn from our mistakes and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         of charge. We want to create new jobs in the traveling industry,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         within the state, and in agriculture and fisheries, for example.

to make my own lyrics in Icelandic to sing to those       and thus believe the best way of reaching our goals is by the
                                                          co-operation of different forces and interests that are based on
                                                                                                                                 extent; lending that the Icelandic banks relied on. Other im-
                                                                                                                                 portant reasons for the collapse can be traced to the fact that
                                                                                                                                                                                                         1. L-listinn is a multi-partisan organization that opposes party
                                                                                                                                                                                                         politics and takes a strong position against all attempts to get
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 prevent that such collapses can happen?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Direct democracy, free of middlemen, is the only real
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Finally, we want to make it so that a certain percentage (e.g.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         15%) of the population can demand a national election. We
                                                          moderation and honesty.                                                those who led the expansion of the banks and other businesses           Iceland into the European Union.                                        solution. Direct democracy will eliminate shady corners and             hope you will join us in changing Iceland back into a demo-
rock songs.”                                              THE PROGRESSIVE PARTY’S ANSWERS
                                                                                                                                 took more risks than they could handle. They put the whole of
                                                                                                                                 society at risk with this, while society did not benefit from it,
                                                                                                                                                                                                         2. L-listinn is not a party, but an independent organization of
                                                                                                                                                                                                         candidates who have come together on a common set of is-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 negotiations from parliament. MPs that do not listen to their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 people in direct democracy will become powerless.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         cratic welfare state, based upon a sound environmental policy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and gender equality.
       Eggertson’s rock fury unfortunately never          1) The Progressive Party is a liberal socialist party constantly
                                                          working for societal reforms and finding solutions to its many
                                                                                                                                 nor understand and agree with it.
                                                                                                                                        In addition to external factors, several reasons for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                         sues. Only one of our candidates has previous taken a seat in
                                                                                                                                                                                                         parliament (Bjarni Harðarson, previously of the Progressive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Our agenda for direct democracy:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 -Every Icelandic citizen can send Alþingi a suggestion for a            THE LEFT-GREEN MOVEMENT’S ANSWERS
                                                          shared problems, based on co-operation and equality. The Pro-          crisis can be found to lie with the governing power, be it the          Party).                                                                 new bill that will be taken for consideration if supported by the       1) We Leftist-Greens founded our platform on four basic prin-
materialised on record, but during the '60s and '70s      gressive policy puts people and their welfare upfront.                 government, the legislative or institutional branches. The In-          3. We place emphasis on the belief that an independent curren-          signatures of 1% of the electorate. MPs and Ministers will also         ciples: social justice, women's liberation, environmentalism,
                                                          2) The Progressive party has undergone a great renewal. We             dependent Party was a governing party when the crisis hit, and          cy is the foundation for getting us out of our economic crisis.         be able to propone new bills.                                           and a peaceful foreign policy.
he was Iceland’s major rock lyricist and has written      elected a new leadership at our national convention in Janu-
                                                          ary; a party chairman, VP and secretary. At that same time, we
                                                                                                                                 often had a leadership role as well in the times of prosperity
                                                                                                                                 leading up to it. Consequently, the Independence Party holds
                                                                                                                                                                                                         We want to see the Icelandic crown on the international mar-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         kets again, but we believe that the total freedom that our banks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 -MPs will lead discourse and committee work on Alþingi bills,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and introduce them to the nation in an electronic parliament
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         2) There is a considerable amount of renewal in the candi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         date's list that's been newly initiated across the country. And,

some great lyrics, often in deep disdain of the rul-      greatly changed the party’s agenda and put a great emphasis
                                                          on entering conditional negotiations with the EU and hold-
                                                                                                                                 inevitably great responsibility for the mistakes that were made
                                                                                                                                 by the government and which could have been avoided. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                         enjoyed, leading to their collapse, does not suit our small
                                                                                                                                                                                                         economy. In the long term we don’t rule out taking up another
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and on the Internet.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 -The ATM system (which is now owned by the public) will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         due to the tremendous support we've received, we predict that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         after elections there will be many new and young faces in par-
                                                          ing a constitutional parliament. There has also been a great           Independent Party accepts this responsibility and offers its            currency, but that is a job for the next election cycle.                used as voting booths for the electronic national parliament.           liament for the Leftist-Greens. Although change and renewal is
ing cultural elite.                                       renewal in our party ranks in all constituencies, both in the
                                                          top and bottom rungs of our list. Probably no party that cur-
                                                                                                                                 apologies for the failures, for it should have done better.
                                                                                                                                        Of all the political parties, it is only the Independent
                                                                                                                                                                                                         4. We believe the most important support we can give to busi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         ness owners in this country is, first of all, lower interest rates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 -If need be, Alþingi can accept temporary law that will be valid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 until the next national parliament.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         always good, we shouldn't forget that the demand for change
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         has been mostly directed at those political parties responsible
       Another young rock dude was chummy                 rently sits in Alþingi can boast of as much renewal as the
                                                          Progressive Party.
                                                                                                                                 Party that has had courage and inner strength to face the re-
                                                                                                                                 evaluation of the process, which led to the fall of the banks
                                                                                                                                                                                                         and, secondly, that legislation be enacted regarding business
                                                                                                                                                                                                         ownership so that well-run companies don't have to compete
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 -MPs will be assigned the votes of those that do not wish to use
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 their right to vote, to use in Alþingi.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         for getting us into the economic crisis, and not those that tried
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         to keep us out of harm's way.
                                                          3) We wish to permanently solve the nation’s currency is-              and the economic crisis. The people of the country have been            with companies that are actually bankrupt and enjoying the              Suggestions for changes in Alþingi and the government                   3) No one denies that over the next few years we will have to
Stefán Jónsson. His first claim to fame was being         sues and abolish currency restraints as soon as possible, for          able to witness the open, honest and substantial discussion             support of the state. We want the state to create an investment         -The number of MPs reduced to 31                                        use the crown as our currency, for better or for worse. Whether
                                                          instance by negotiating with foreign holders of ISK-bonds and          that has taken place within the party. The Independence Party           bank and to re-examine the legal framework for the manage-              -The nation will become one constituency                                we like it or not, we will have to wait another three to four years
part of the SAS Tríó. They did an Icelandic cover         Icelandic pension funds, and by hosting a special auction mar-
                                                          ket on ISK. If we eventually join the EU, we will make a special
                                                                                                                                 becomes stronger by admitting its mistakes and learning from
                                                                                                                                 them.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         ment of business in this country, so that well-run companies
                                                                                                                                                                                                         don't become the toys of unscrupulous prospectors. We also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 -MPs will be voted for in person, not as party members
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 -Parliament will choose Ministers on professional grounds. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         before being able to take up the euro, if the people decide that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         they want Iceland to join the EU. We Leftist-Greens have not

version of The Coasters’ “Charlie Brown”, which           stability pact until we can instate the Euro.
                                                          4) We will lower the households’ debt capital by 20%, so that
                                                                                                                                 9) The Independence Party has always been ready for collabo-
                                                                                                                                 ration with other parties on the issue of constitutional change.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         want to re-examine the European Economic Area agreement,
                                                                                                                                                                                                         which today places great restrictions on employment in our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 President, as elected official of the masses and independent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 supervisor, will appoint and release ministers from their duty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         wanted to exclude any possibilities in this matter, but we'd like
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         to see if it's possible to engage in currency cooperation with
                                                          part of foreign creditors’ write-offs will go straight to Icelandic    The constitution needs to be in constant revision and it has            country.                                                                -Ministers will not be part of parliament                               other countries, e.g. Norway. This is something we intend to
was released by Stjörnuhljómplötur (Star Records),        debtors and the index number will thereby be corrected to
                                                          what it was before the collapse. This is a preventive measure
                                                                                                                                 repeatedly been changed for the better in recent years. How-
                                                                                                                                 ever, The Independence party rejects hasty changes in this
                                                                                                                                                                                                         5. We emphasize that the government helps those who need
                                                                                                                                                                                                         help the most but reject the idea of the state paying for all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 -The hiring of judges and high-level officials will be confirmed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 by the parliament.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         focus on within the next term.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         4) The most important thing is to reduce interest rates quickly

a short lived record label that specialised in singles    that will avert ongoing unemployment, mass bankruptcy and a
                                                          further slump in property values. We need to resolve to special
                                                                                                                                 vital legal document…
                                                                                                                                 10) It is correct that a broad decrease in government spending
                                                                                                                                                                                                         debts across the board. We want to establish an Economic
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Crisis Loan Fund that could, in some cases, take over heav-             THE DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT’S ANSWERS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and soon. We will fight for the reduction of inflation and inter-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         est rates, just as we did when the heavy industry platform of
                                                          measures, like payment adjustment for those debtors that still         because of decreased income is inevitable. Neither homes nor            ily indebted properties and rent them out for their owners.             1) Personified elections, a decrease in MPs and direct de-              the previous government was driving up inflation and interest
by young singers.                                         face trouble after this move.                                          companies can bear increased taxation and, consequently,                We also consider it important to confront the difficulties that         mocracy.                                                                rates, and we alone stood against it. We also want to support
                                                          5) Lower the companies’ debt capital by 20%, as with house-            the drop in government income has to be met with budget                 poor people in this country face, with free medical service and         2) The Democracy Movement consists of only new candi-                   job creation and start-up companies by adding revenue to
       As the '50s turned into the '60s, a new mu-        holds.
                                                          6) By abolishing currency restraints and resolving the ISK-
                                                                                                                                 cuts. Measures have to be taken so that basic services, such as
                                                                                                                                 health care and education, will not suffer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         medication, among other things.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         6. With an independent platform free of the subservient nature
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 dates.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 3) The Democracy Movement proposes a system where the na-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         funds such as the New Business Venture Fund and the Science
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and Technology Policy Council. We have also made numerous
                                                          bond issue, by prompting the normal operation of banks                                                                                         of the previous government. The first step in this direction is         tion can actively participate in Parliament. What we do with            proposals with regards to how we can renew more traditional
sical generation was gaining ground. The older            and by following the International Monetary Fund’s plan. The           THE LIBERAL PARTY –                                                     to completely reject the demand that the Icelandic people pay           the Króna is a matter that the nation needs to decide upon in           professions such as agriculture, fishing, and other domestic
                                                          Progressive Party also wishes to start negotiating with the EU         FRJÁLSLYNDI FLOKKURINN                                                  back the debt of Icesave, which the people did not run nor bear         direct and middleman free democracy. We cannot trust MPs                food industries. We would also like to see an increased support
dudes that had grown up on jazz gave way for the          about joining, on the basis of a permit from Parliament that will
                                                          ensure Icelanders’ interest and the local economy, especially
                                                                                                                                 Offense is the best defense in fighting unemployment and loss
                                                                                                                                 of property.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         any responsibility for.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         7. L-listinn is the only party taking a complete and total stance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 that are ruled by corrupt party owner coalitions to make such
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 important decisions for the nation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         of the travel industry, for example, by increasing culturally ori-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ented travel service, increasing the number of stop-over places

young dudes that “understood” rock ‘n’ roll. The          the fishing industry and agriculture. The negotiation process
                                                          should be open and democratic, and, should the negotiations
                                                                                                                                        The Liberal Party was originally founded to fight the
                                                                                                                                 unjust fishing quota system law that was passed by Alþingi
                                                                                                                                                                                                         against any and all attempts to bring Iceland into the European
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Union. We believe that before the question is even addressed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 4) We wish to hire the most capable experts, both locally and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 internationally, to form an agenda. We can already see what
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         in the countryside – here we consider it possible to create a few
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         thousand jobs, especially while Iceland is an advantageous
                                                          lead to an agreement, the Icelandic nation shall immediately           (parliament) in 1991 and the party's objective has always been          we need to see a vote of 2/3 of the Icelandic people in favor of a      a mistake it was to allow MPs, with their limited knowledge,            destination for travelers, from an economic point of view.
women were not big participants in the revolution         take a stand through national elections preceded by enlight-
                                                          ened discourse.
                                                                                                                                 that Iceland's habitants have a righteous and fair fisheries con-
                                                                                                                                 trol, as fisheries are the nations fundamental industry. In the
                                                                                                                                                                                                         constitutional change, which assumes a democratic collapse.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         L-listinn will fight against such a change to the constitution.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to interfere in these matters in the past months. The Icelandic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 economy is badly isolated after poorly thought out emergency
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         5) To rescue families from losing their homes, we need to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         lower interest rates and eventually do away with indexation by,
yet. During the summer of 1960, new bands featur-         7) The Progressive Party wishes to apply for EU membership
                                                          and has made a resolution about the conditions that should
                                                                                                                                 current economic situation, The Liberal Party emphasizes the
                                                                                                                                 abolishment of the quota system to fight unemployment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         8. The responsibility for the economic crisis is broad, but two
                                                                                                                                                                                                         things matter most. On one hand, the poorly thought-out plat-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 laws and government action.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 5) The Democracy Movement believes we can amplify the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         among other ways, offering long term non-indexed loans. In
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         addition to mortgage payment consolidation we will eventu-
                                                          be the grounding for any talks of joining. If we reach an agree-              The Liberal Party also emphasizes the importance of              form of the Central Bank that held too high an interest rate,           problem even further by announcing a policy for the next four           ally need to examine the rising principle of indexed real estate
ing rock-thirsty teenagers blossomed. Bands such          ment, we need to put this up to the nation’s judgment, for ap-         professions that increase the influx and circulation of foreign         creating an unbelievably flammable situation in our economic            years in such a matter that demands a speedy process and con-           loans and keep this portion aside without inflation adjustment
                                                          proval or rejection.                                                   currency, e.g. tourism, codfish farming, and mussel farming.            life. On the other hand is the EEA agreement, which is one              stant circumstantial change. Therefore, we will hire the best           or interest. We consider this the responsible path to take, rather
as Junior, Eron, Uranus and Falcon played where           8) The responsibility for the economic collapse is widespread
                                                          and can in part be traced to the international recession that
                                                                                                                                 Furthermore, the Liberal Party places emphasis on those pro-
                                                                                                                                 fessions that preserve national currency, such as grain farming,
                                                                                                                                                                                                         of the unhealthiest steps the government of this country has
                                                                                                                                                                                                         ever taken.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 experts to work on these cases, and through www.almannath-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ing.is, the nation can participate in prioritising the matters and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         than blindly shunting debt off onto the people. With regards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         to currency insured loans, we want to be able to give those

and whenever they could, but Plútó soon became            most states now struggle with. The Progressive Party partici-
                                                          pated in privatising the banks and the party’s chairman has
                                                                                                                                 vegetable farming and handcraft.
                                                                                                                                        The Liberal Party has always fought for abolishing loan
                                                                                                                                                                                                         9. L-listinn believes constitutional changes are needed in,
                                                                                                                                                                                                         among other areas, giving parliament more independence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 voting on them through direct democracy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 6) We need participation from international banks and finan-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         who take out loans the option of moving their loans over into
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Icelandic crowns [as opposed to euros, Swiss francs, dollars,
                                                          stated that not ensuring proper distribution of the ownership          indexation, pointing to the fact that the current system is direct-     whereby non-affiliated candidates have greater chances. We              cial institutions. The Democracy Movement’s spokesmen im-               etc.] We also want to increase interest relief by 25%, the pro-
the premier band. The band had to change its              was a mistake, and apologised for it. However, the Progressive
                                                          Party left the government in 2007 and was in no position to
                                                                                                                                 ing homes into heavy debt. Therefore, The Liberal Party has
                                                                                                                                 put forth a bill to Alþingi to limit price-increase compensation
                                                                                                                                                                                                         are not opposed to a popular parliament but, at the same time,
                                                                                                                                                                                                         we warn that such a legislature could be very costly.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 mediately suggested we seek the talents of George Soros and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 other thinkers and economists to advise on re-building our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         cess for which has already begun in the current government.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         In short, the Leftist-Green platform is to ensure that everyone
name when a silver crafting company, also named           react after alarm bells started chiming, but repeatedly pointed
                                                          out that firm action was needed if we were to avoid collapse.
                                                                                                                                 to avoid mass bankruptcy of the public.
                                                                                                                                        The Liberal Party believes that the nation, as a whole,
                                                                                                                                                                                                         10. With a general saving sense and wisdom, L-listinn places
                                                                                                                                                                                                         emphasis on cutting down our bloated bureaucracy in the pub-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 banking system. This advice wasn’t heeded, and the results are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 an isolated banking system, just as we had predicted.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         has a roof over their heads even if they can't pay back their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         loans right away.
                                                          At that time, the Independence Party and the Alliance Party            has an unconditional right to a complete revaluation of the             lic sector and many types of regulatory organizations, which            7) We will not take a stance on the matter and want the nation                We also have                              m
Plútó, complained. The band choose Lúdó, and              were in government.                                                    countries administrational branch and its economy. Cliquish-            have grown in the past years. We also emphasize that, despite           to choose in a direct and middleman free democracy. We can-                 m
                                                           9) It is the Progressive Party’s opinion that we need to hold         ness due to political-ties and nepotism must be rooted out with         the national debt, we need to ensure health services for those          not trust MPs that are ruled by corrupt party owner coalitions                 W                                    m                 m
added “og Stefán”, probably echoing Cliff Richards        elections for a constitutional parliament, which will draft a
                                                          new constitution for Iceland. That constitution will then be
                                                                                                                                 critical and honest methods.
                                                                                                                                        The Liberal Party is the only party in Parliament that
                                                                                                                                                                                                         who need it the most.                                                   to make such important decisions for the nation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 8) The Icelandic party rule is the cause of the corrupt politics
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and the Shadows, who were all the rage by then.           subject to national vote.
                                                          10) We need to exercise restraint in every field, but we wish
                                                                                                                                 has never been a part of government, and now expects this
                                                                                                                                 to change. It is necessary that The Liberal Party's standpoints
                                                                                                                                                                                                         THE CITIZEN MOVEMENT –
                                                                                                                                                                                                         BORGARAHREYFINGIN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 that have caused this collapse. We wish to oust the corruption
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 out of Alþingi and the political system using direct, middleman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  m                                                       m

                                                          to take care that equal accessibility to healthcare and the            are a part of the heavy work ahead in our country. The Liberal          One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that    free democracy.                                                                                                                                      m
Stefán Jónsson sang for Lúdó og Stefán, and in the        education system will be upheld, and that our welfare system
                                                          ensures everyone a minimal standard of living. We can, how-
                                                                                                                                 Party has courage and boldness to tackle the matters that need
                                                                                                                                 to be dealt with. The money that has been made away with has
                                                                                                                                                                                                         you end up being governed by your inferiors. -Plato
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Citizen Movement is, as the name indicates, a broad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 9) This is easy to accomplish with direct, middleman free de-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 mocracy, as we present on our website, www.xp.is                                             m                   m           W    m

early sixties they were Iceland’s hottest band.           ever, optimize in these fields, for instance a reference system
                                                          in the healthcare industry has been pointed out, as has home
                                                                                                                                 to be returned to the nation, regardless of the time and effort
                                                                                                                                 needed to make that happen.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         movement of active citizens in a democratic society. That dem-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         ocratic society turned out to have certain flaws; flaws that were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 10) The nation should get a chance to decide on these matters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 using direct, middleman free democracy. We cannot decide
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                                                          nursing. We have also mentioned that we need to ensure full                   Iceland has much potential invested in its people, its           clearly revealed in the aftermath of the economic collapse last         now and for the next four years on matters like these. People
       The band could in part thank their manager         cooperation between the unemployment insurance agency                  nature and its natural resources, and, in order to get back on          fall. The economic collapse brought together the people be-             need to be able to discuss such matters at least once a year                                                                     m
                                                          and the economy, so we can use the strength of those that are          track, we must think of the needs of society as a whole, stand          hind the Movement. The Citizen Movement consists of people              and the Democracy Movement’s platform of direct, middle-                                                         m
Guðlaugur Bergmann for the popularity. He later           able and willing. If we start the economy again by using the
                                                          resources we have pointed out, there won’t be as much need
                                                                                                                                 united and get back on track so our future can be bright and
                                                                                                                                 our country can be a place where we are at ease and comfort-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         with diverse backgrounds and different values; people living
                                                                                                                                                                                                         under different conditions from across Iceland are within its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 man free democracy will give the people a chance to make
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 these decisions.                                                                          m                          m           m
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                                                          for cutbacks in various fields.                                        able yet again.                                                         ranks.                                                                                                                                                                               m
became a big shot in the Icelandic fashion world                                                                                                                                                                 The Citizen Movement ideology is to ensure justice,             THE ALLIANCE PARTY – SAMFYLKINGIN                                                                                        m                       m m
                                                          THE INDEPENDENCE PARTY –                                               THE LIBERAL PARTY’S ANSWERS                                             equality and democracy in the past, present and future.                 The Alliance Party is Iceland’s social-democratic party, a rep-
when he opened fashion store Karnabær (named              SJÁLFSTÆÐISFLOKKURINN
                                                          The Independence Party is the biggest mass movement in Ice-
                                                                                                                                 1. The Liberal Party wants a society characterized by equality
                                                                                                                                 and justice, where free members of the community are active
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Past: We wish to expose Icelandic banking, at least from
                                                                                                                                                                                                         the foundation of the IceSave accounts, as a giant fraud. That
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 resentative of the political ideology that has built the power-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ful welfare states of Northern-Europe while ideologies to the
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after Carnaby street in London), and as a band            land. Registered members are close to 50 thousand. Yearly, a
                                                          great number of men and women aged 15 and up participate
                                                                                                                                 and responsible participants in society’s development.
                                                                                                                                 2. The party's chairman is running again, as are two other of
                                                                                                                                                                                                         way, we can appeal to the sense of justice of those nations
                                                                                                                                                                                                         that were exposed to our racketeers. We will simply ask them
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 left and right have collapsed in recent years. In place of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 old fashioned crony-privatisation and the intertwined power
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                                                          in the parties operation through over 100 local party divisions.       the party MPs who have been in Parliament for the past two              for help to locate the money - because it is somewhere to be            structures of other political parties’ business relationships                                    m
manager he was very inventive. For instance he                  Work within the Independence Party revolves around
                                                          politics. It is infinitely varied, as politics revolve around ideas,
                                                                                                                                 years. Other frontrunners have never been MPs. All those run-
                                                                                                                                 ning for second seat on the party's lists have never before run
                                                                                                                                                                                                         found - and let them keep what they find. Obviously some of
                                                                                                                                                                                                         the money evaporated in the bubble. Our aim is to hold the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and administrations that drove Iceland into the ground, social
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 democrats wish to ensure fair regulations and freedoms to
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advertised that the band would play “Gagarin-             actions and people.
                                                                The Independence ideology is the grounding for the
                                                                                                                                 for parliament.
                                                                                                                                 3. Due to the current economical turmoil, we most likely need
                                                                                                                                                                                                         racketeers and banksters responsible for what’s lacking.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Present: The most reasonable and fair way to right the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 act in pursuit of healthy competition, social responsibilities,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 environmentalism, a social safety net and opportunities for
                                                          party’s stance on every matter. Its core is the faith in freedom       to continue using the króna for the next 4-5 years. We have to          Icelandic household situation is by moving Iceland’s price              all, especially in the field of education. International col-                            m
rock” and “Horror-rock”. The band had no clue             of the individual and equal opportunity for all to grow and reap       manage our problems with the króna. There is no other cur-              indexation back to what it was in January of 2008. It is clear          laboration and an open society form the basis for a healthy                               m
                                                          the fruits of their talent. The independence and safety of the na-     rency available to us given the current state of things.                that the government knew where we were headed at that time.             standard of living.
when they read those ads in the papers. When they         tion is also an important facet of the ideology. The freedom to
                                                          operate and act for both individuals and corporations must be
                                                                                                                                 4. Fight for lower interest rates and that the banks start giving
                                                                                                                                 businesses normal loans again. No business can handle the
                                                                                                                                                                                                         They did not tell us, and thus we could not react. Therefore, this
                                                                                                                                                                                                         correction is an unquestionable matter of fairness. Company             THE ALLIANCE PARTY’S ANSWERS                                                      m
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asked, Guðlaugur answered: “You just try to jam           ensured, even though freedom comes with great responsibility
                                                          and care must be taken. The party greatly emphasises the need
                                                                                                                                 current cost of capital and unemployment will rise even more
                                                                                                                                 if no action is taken.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         write-offs should not be a priority. First, it should be attempted
                                                                                                                                                                                                         to sell the company; if not possible to get an acceptable price
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 1) Freedom, equality and brother/sisterhood
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 2) The Alliance Party has elected a new chairman, Jóhanna                                            m           m
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                                                          to support those that are in need of a strong safety net.              5. Abolish price indexation and partially write off the publics         for it, then the employees should be offered the chance to take         Sigurðardóttir, a new VP, Dagur B. Eggertsson, and half of those
some outer space kind of music!” As for “Horror-          The coalition of young Independence Party members works on
                                                                                                                                 housing loans by passing a law on temporary accounts for the
                                                                                                                                 rest of the year. This way it is possible to determine write offs
                                                                                                                                                                                                         the company over. Their owners' debt will not be automatically
                                                                                                                                                                                                         written off, but they will be given the chance to accrue favour-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 running for Parliament now are newcomers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 3) We believe that using such a miniscule currency as the kró-          m                    m
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rock” – “You just put nylon socks on your heads!”         the matters of young people within the party, and many char-
                                                          ters are operated throughout the country. The association of
                                                                                                                                 from actual real estate prices, which have been going down
                                                                                                                                 while loans have been going up.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         able loans or change the debt of promising companies into
                                                                                                                                                                                                         government equity.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 na will be too expensive and cause too much uncertainty for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the country’s households to be a feasible choice for the future.                                                     m
                                                          female Independence Party members has also been operated               6. By negotiating contracts with foreign lending institutions                   Future: We must make radical democratic reform to               This is why we aim to negotiate with the EU for membership in
       Lúdó og Stefán are still operating and have        for many years, and the coalition of elder party members works         regarding joint ownership, of up to 1/3, of the now government          ensure that the events of the last months will not repeat               the union and adopting the Euro.                                             m                               m
                                                          in favour of seniors within the party.                                 owned banks, we need foreign financial resources into our               themselves. We underwent a great shock, and will need to                4) We plan to quickly re-establish our financial system and                                          m                                       m
released many, many records. They played at Sigur                The Independence ideology is in constant formation. Ev-
                                                          eryone who so wishes can participate in the varied party activi-
                                                                                                                                 banking system.
                                                                                                                                 7. National (domestic) resources are a priority for Iceland and
                                                                                                                                                                                                         work our way out of it some way. It is obvious that the current
                                                                                                                                                                                                         system failed us. In our mind, it seems irrational to cosy up to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 faith in the Icelandic economy, so that companies can receive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 normal services and grounds can be laid for a fast drop in in-
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Rós’ end of tour party in 2008 and totally lifted the     ties, and can influence its course, for instance by enlisting in
                                                          any of the fifteen different subject committees operated by the
                                                                                                                                 therefore Iceland should not join the EU.
                                                                                                                                 8. The plunderers in the group of so called “investment Vi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         the last remaining wall of the house, light a fire and try to get
                                                                                                                                                                                                         comfortable. We must build from the bottom up. To ensure this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 terests. Responsibility, restraint and good operating conditions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 matter much more to the economy than any “magic solution”                                 m
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                                                          party or by partaking some of the party’s many open meetings           kings” receiving excessive salaries and those political parties         is possible we need to instigate a constitutional parliament. A         that will eventually cause more debt and taxation.                                                                   m
roof off the house with their eternally cool rock ‘n’     and events.
                                                                 The party recently completed a splendid national con-
                                                                                                                                 in government in the last years. The Liberal Party was not mem-
                                                                                                                                 ber of government in the last 10 years. The Independence Party
                                                                                                                                                                                                         constitutional parliament, if done correctly, would initiate a
                                                                                                                                                                                                         discourse on what kind of society we want, what values we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 5) We plan on bridging the gap in these times of trouble with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 integral actions that meet the needs of different groups and                             m           m
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roll music.                                               vention, thrown under the axiom “Let’s get to work.” At the
                                                          convention, we honestly came to terms with the events that
                                                                                                                                 led the government and held both the Prime- and Financial
                                                                                                                                 Ministries. They wanted free flow financials, and they slept on
                                                                                                                                                                                                         wish to uphold and how we want to distribute power to those
                                                                                                                                                                                                         that seek to represent us in government. Post collapse, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ensure that each and every króna goes where it is needed. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 welfare-bridge spans everything, from the increased payback                                                                                          W
                                                          happened this winter, and also laid down lines for the future.         their guard. Shame on them for their apathy and inaction!               build up and investigation needs to be put on a certain path            of interests to payment-adaptations for individuals so their debt                                                                                m
                                                          The party emphasises that the restrictive and tax-raising poli-        9. We want to change the constitution and we support the                – we believe a constitutional parliament is that path.                  load is in tune with their fiscal abilities.                                                     m                                       m           m
                                                          cies of the current government aren’t the way out of the reces-        bill regarding that. We also support ideas of a constitutional                                                                                  6) By applying to negotiate EU membership and requesting to                 m                m
By Dr. Gunni, based on his 2000 book Eru ekki allir       sion, rather we should trust in private enterprise and the power
                                                          that resides within individuals.
                                                                                                                                 assembly.
                                                                                                                                 10. Surely, cutbacks will be required when laying out our na-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         THE CITIZEN MOVEMENT’S ANSWERS
                                                                                                                                                                                                         1) Let’s bring the people to Parliament.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 both adopt the Euro and join the ERM currency collaboration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to support the Króna as soon as possible; as well as following
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                                                                                                                                 tional budget because the treasury's revenue has decreased              2) As was to be expected, the renewal in the party ranks is next        through the plan that was agreed with the International Mon-
í stuði? (Rock in Iceland). A revised edition of the      THE INDEPENDENCE PARTY’S ANSWERS                                       by billions after the financial collapse. It is essential to cut back   to none. We encouraged those who are aligned with us and                etary Fund – and showing responsibility.                                         m                                                   m            m
                                                          1) The policy of the Independent Party is based on the power,          and adjust in all fields, but at the same time, guard the welfare       wanted to join any of the parties to do so. Unfortunately, far too      7) It is necessary to initiate negotiations for Iceland to fully join                            m                           m               m
book is forthcoming in 2010.                              initiative and hard work of the people. Enterprise and welfare
                                                          are and will be the building blocks of the Independent Party’s
                                                                                                                                 system and ensure good health services, while effectively cut-
                                                                                                                                 ting back. Foreign- and defense affairs should be contracted
                                                                                                                                                                                                         few from our ranks got selected to represent them.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         3) We will seek ways to solve our currency problems by joining
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the EU, so we can become a nation among nations and allow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 our people to vote on the outcome of such negotiations. The                                          m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  m

                                                          policy.                                                                as much as possible, and we should rely more on police and              currency coalitions with other nations or, if need be, by the one       EU and the Euro will not automatically solve our problems with
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FEATURE BY HAuKuR MÁR HeLgASon — pHoTo BY BALDuR KRISTJÁnS




The End of Neo-liberal
Neverland
THE MEANING OF SUCCESS                                    turning 30, most have taken student loans, a real-         cussing politics, people take refuge in metaphors
'How to succeed in Modern Business: Lessons from          estate loan, a ‘car-loan’, travelled on VISA, and          of fishing and farming. On BBC’s Hard Talk ex-PM
the Icelandic Voyage' is the title of an address given    raised a baby on overdraft. Since the country has          Geir Haarde repeated the prevalent meteorologi-
by Iceland’s president Ólafur R. Grímsson to Brit-        its own currency, the Króna (ISK), there isn’t much        cal analysis of last autumn’s events: “We were in
ish business leaders in London’s Walbrook Club in         difference between this system of debt and so-             the middle of a hurricane. A global financial hur-
2005. In his lecture, the President enumerated 13         called ‘truck systems’, where a labourer buys goods        ricane. Our banking system and the resources of
national characteristics to explain 'our’, that is Ice-   from the company he works for. His work and his            our government were not big enough to withstand
landers’, ‘success' in finance: “Eighth on my list is     consumption are noted in a single book of debit            the wind. That came from that hurricane.” Ask not
the heritage of discovery and exploration, fostered       and credit, while the worker sees little or no ‘real’      which way the wind blows – it blows at thee.
by the medieval Viking sagas that have been told          money. Young people took their parents’ advice                     All media in the country, state-run or private,
and retold to every Icelandic child,” he said. “This      and borrowed up to 100% of the heavily inflated,           is edited by members of the Independence party.
is a tradition that gives honour to those who ven-        London-priced real estate. Now many of them are            Media policy has been in line with party policy, the
ture into unknown lands, who dare to journey to           stuck. The real estate market has now collapsed,           most crucial element of which is optimism. Davíð
foreign fields, interpreting modern business ven-         making the highly leveraged apartments impossi-            Oddsson, who started his career as a radio enter-
tures as an extension of the Viking spirit, applaud-      ble to sell. Since the loans are linked to the local re-   tainer, is also a published author of short stories
ing the successful entrepreneurs as heirs of this         tail price index, in times of inflation the homeown-       and poetry. In 1983, Freedom magazine printed
proud tradition.”                                         ers’ debt grows: a young woman who borrowed 24             Oddsson’s admiring article about poet Tómas
        President Grímsson was not the first to my-       million ISK to buy an apartment five years ago, and        Guðmundsson where he compares the poet with
thologize Iceland's rapid implementation of global        has duly paid her rising monthly payments since,           Winston Churchill, in terms of their unwavering
capitalism with Viking references. In the late 1970’s     now owes the bank 30 million ISK for that same             optimism. In the recession of 1933, Guðmundsson
and early 80's, a handful of young men, members of        loan. The technical term for this is ‘price-insurance’     published a popular collection of romantic poetry
the so-called Locomotive group [Eimreiðin], made          but colloquially it is known as ‘the Hell-machine’.        about Reykjavik, entitled Beautiful World. ‘It can be
themselves busy importing Milton Friedman's free          When you travel to Iceland, the Martian landscapes         assumed,’ writes Oddsson, ‘that to many this ques-
market ideology. Davíð Oddsson was a prominent            between the airport and Reykjavík may look a lot           tion must have sounded peculiar, whether they did
member of this group. He would later implement            like lava, but don’t be fooled: it’s hardened debt.        not find the world beautiful. But Guðmundsson did
Friedman’s ideology as the Independence Party                                                                        not ask. He announced this to his nation.’
leader, Prime Minister (1991-2004) and, since 2005,       ‘THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS NON-FICTION’                            The poetic announcement sheds light on
chairperson of the Central Bank. Milton Friedman’s        Most of the country’s citizens live in debt but pre-       Oddsson’s political theory and policymaking, as
dogma is now well known: privatize, deregulate,           cise statistics are hard to find. Thatcher’s dictum        well as a peculiar sort of journalism. As national
then look away. In The Shock Doctrine, Naomi              ‘There is no such thing as society’ was taken very         dogma, this optimism verges on the totalitarian.
Klein has exposed to us how Friedman’s disciples          seriously by policy makers under Oddsson’s rule,           In October 2008, when ‘the perfect storm’ set in,
went about doing this, by using the disorientation        and institutes that had the role of providing social       as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) called it,
caused by traumatic events, such as natural catas-        data were disciplined and silenced, or simply shut         that is when all of Iceland’s banks were bailed out
trophes or economic depression, to push through           down. When the National Economic Institute re-             from bankruptcy by the state, the newspapers were
programmes that otherwise would never have                peatedly published unsuitable information, Odds-           busy doing other things. Morgunblaðið, which
been democratically approved. A lesser known              son passed law through the Parliament to abolish           originated as the Independence Party’s own organ,
proponent of ‘more radical capitalism’ is Milton          the institute. That was in the late 1990’s. He then        ran the front-page headline ‘The intrinsic power of
Friedman’s son, the self-professed 'anarcho-capi-         redirected the institute’s role to the Central Bank        our Nation’ underneath a photograph of a waterfall
talist' David Friedman. In 1979, Friedman Jr. pub-        and years later appointed himself as Central Bank          (Sep 27). ‘What will ‘our girls’ do?’ the front page
lished an article entitled 'Private Creation and En-      manager. This is why key figures, such as the inter-       then asked its readers (Sep 28) referring to female       countries like to see themselves as one community,
forcement of Law: A Historical Case'. The historical      national Gini index, meant to measure equality of          soccer. When the events could no longer be evad-          this signal was unambiguous: sink, Iceland, sink.
case in question is medieval Iceland, when law was        wealth distribution, do not exist for Iceland.             ed, editors bypassed the news and went straight to               And sink it did. The country’s first response
not upheld by a state, but by individuals: “Medieval                                                                 problem-solving: ‘Want to strengthen the banks’           was to take offence, and in an episode that reveals
Icelandic institutions […] might almost have been                                                                    (Sep 29) – and whitewashing: ‘It was unavoidable’         a sublime combination of the cartoonish and the
invented by a mad economist to test the lengths to                                                                   (Sep 30). A day later ‘Want to honour equality’ is ac-    Shakespearean, Davíð Oddsson announced that
which market systems could supplant government                                                                       companied by ‘We know as little as the public’. Oc-       Russia would lend Iceland all the money it need-
                                                                                       ok
                                                              Our beloved Vikings to
in its most fundamental functions,” wrote the young                                                                  tober 3, Morgunblaðið scoops: ‘Economic uncer-            ed. Russia did not agree – and instant-mix articles
Friedman. In such a society, he goes on, seats in                                                                    tainty’ – oh, no! – but helps the country heal for the    about the deep ties and common history of the two
                                                                                       d
parliament are a commodity and justice is upheld              the money and ran, an                                  next few days: ‘Only to a safe haven’, ‘Good conver-      countries stopped appearing as suddenly as they
                                                                                       e
by the threat of thralldom as punishment for any of-
                                                              left the Icelandic stat                                sation is good fortune’ and ‘The public’s savings are     had commenced. Iceland was falling, but in the
fence. The Old Norse term ‘thralldom’ is a bit of an
                                                              with a foreign debt   of                               safe’ (Oct 6). These are the actual main front-page       manner of a cartoon character who runs off a cliff
obscurity in modern English. Its modern Icelandic                                                                    headlines running while two of the country’s three        and then stops in midair: it’s easy enough to stand
                                                                                         -
variant – Þrældómur – is transparent enough; it just           € 20 billion. Divided be                              banks were nationalized –to the world’s attention.        on nothing, as long as you don’t look down and rea-
                                                                                          0
                                                               tween the countr y’s 30
means slavery.                                                                                                       The third nationalization did make it to the front        lise. Sheer optimism may hold you for a breathless

                                                               thousand inhabitants,
        In 1979, the Locomotive group invited David                                                                  page, as: ‘Kaupþing bank admits defeat’ (Oct 9).          moment – then you fall.
Friedman to Iceland for a seminar about his thesis                                                                   Smaller catastrophes, which abounded, received
on the benefits of slavery. The lecture was then               that is € 70 thousand                                 no mention. In a radically capitalist state, negativ-     REVOLUTION

                                                               per person.
translated by the future Viking executive Hreinn                                                                     ity is too risky, true words too dear. This is media as   The original version of this article, published in
Loftsson and published in the Locomotive’s maga-                                                                     a police force, doing crowd-control, with a poetic        Italy’s Il Manifesto October 2008, concluded that
zine, Freedom [Frelsid].                                                                                             touch. ‘There is nothing to see here, move away,’         these events were ‘already revolutionary in mea-
                                                                                                                     these front pages say, while dispersing the crowds.       sure’. The editors of The London Review of Books
LIFE IN DEBT                                                                                                                                                                   edited the revolution thing out before publishing it
Iceland’s three publicly owned banks were priva-                                                                     MOTHERLESS ICELAND                                        in November. I found that very reasonable: revolu-
tized in the early 2000’s and the republic thrown                                                                    Yet another term non-existent in Icelandic is ‘strate-    tions are rare. The term should be used sparingly.
into the deal, as mortgage. This mortgage was con-               For a few years, from mass privatization in         gy’. During ‘the blessed war’, as older people fondly            Then, every Saturday, ever growing thou-
sidered solid, the rising (now 18%) local interest        the early 2000’s until October 2008, Reykjavík ca-         remember World War II, Iceland began to leave pre-        sands of people came together for protest in the
rates luring, and the banks accumulated enormous          fés would present you with laid-back high school           industrial poverty behind: this spot in the Atlantic      main square of Reykjavík, united on very clear de-
assets. The banks grew ten times bigger than Ice-         students chatting mainly about currency rates and          was strategically important and so was its fish. In       mands. For the last twenty years, Icelanders have
land’s economy. When international bankers start-         the benefits of short-selling. But this small linguis-     1944, Iceland the colony declared independence            been very reluctant protestors – and to begin with
ed having doubts, the Icelanders reached for Eu-          tic community seems to uphold only one line of             from Denmark’s modest empire and became Ice-              most felt hesitant to support such actions as hurl-
ropean private savings with ‘ingenious’ schemes,          thought at a time. Non-financial vocabularies were         land the Republic. This proudly independent coun-         ing eggs at parliament. As daring activists waged
as Sigurjón Árnason, the manager of Landsbanki            left to wither. ‘The ever-present danger of perish-        try was however already occupied by US forces,            further and further – with symbolic action, such as
bank, called their Icesave offer: “The only thing         ing would not permit of a language restricted to           and would be until 2006, when the Bush adminis-           raising a discount supermarket’s flag on parliament
I have to do is look each day and see how much            gesture,’ said Rousseau on the origin of language          tration found some better things to do with the two       but also direct action such as carrying a bank man-
money came in,” he says, laughing, in a 2006 inter-       in the North: ‘And, the first words among them             remaining fighter-jets. While the US dollar is sup-       ager out of her bank – and as these actions started
view, “picks up the phone and a moment later says:        were not love me, but help me.’ Admittedly, there          ported by 300 million citizens, industry and mili-        showing success, while politicians refused to utter
‘50 million pounds came in, just last Friday!’” Our       is no Icelandic word for ‘gesture’, which helps ex-        tary intervention, the Icelandic Króna is used by         a word of apology, let alone resign, support for the
beloved Vikings took the money and ran, and left          plain awkward moments in foreign relations. The            300 thousand people, whose main export remains            protest became as close to unanimous as can be
the Icelandic state with a foreign debt of € 20 bil-      local term for ‘hegemony’ [forræði} also covers            cod. Disillusion hit mere days before the banks           expected. On the 21st of January, police used tear-
lion. Divided between the country’s 300 thousand          ‘administration’ and ‘child custody’. The recently         collapsed: On September 24th 2008, the US Fed-            gas for the first time in Reykjavík since people dem-
inhabitants, that is € 70 thousand per person.            coined translation for ‘structure’ [formgerð] still        eral Reserve announced it would make currency             onstrated against Iceland joining NATO in 1949.
       Icelanders, however, are already familiar          feels forced. This conceptual lack is supported            exchange deals with the Central banks in Sweden,          When polled the day after, 70% of the country’s
with debt. Home ownership is public policy, sink-         by official linguistic policies, which have aimed          Norway and Denmark, to support them through the           population declared their support of the protest
ing most people in debt in their early 20’s. Before       at ‘purification’ since the 19th century. When dis-        global recession – but not Iceland. As the Nordic         actions. A people, so long fenced-in with optimis-
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tic silence, learned to show anger, resentment and        der to undermine the protestors’ own achievement,       been charged with any crime.                              tion.) Grímsson evaded the subject of thralldom
shout.                                                    and to postpone the obvious hard question: what                The first revolutionary stroke in Iceland’s his-   altogether.
        Let’s go back a day: On the 20th of January       now, then? – both the protest movement and its          tory re-established the possibility of meaning. Just             It's got geothermal heating, so at least no one
2009, Parliament intended to resume its activities        opponents have cute-ified the happening by nam-         that. Then everything is left unsaid and undone.          will freeze to death’, wrote Time Magazine about
after a vacation seen by some as ludicrously long.        ing it ‘the cutlery revolution’ [búsáhaldabyltingin].   How far back do the lies reach? Was Iceland rigged        Iceland’s prospects in October 2008. According to
A call for action was voiced: let’s make noises! A        And the newspapers, of course, acknowledge no           up to feed the US army? It may not be much harder         rumours from more experienced third-world coun-
few hundred showed up in front of parliament be-          such thing as revolution. The event, as event, is a     to forge a national identity than decorating a Pizza      tries, the IMF might beg to differ. We have every
fore noon. Before long, these few hundred hesitat-        priori excluded from their agenda. The day after        Hut: one Nobel Prize here, Viking myths there, put        reason to fear that they and other representatives
ingly and shyly crossed a police ribbon that had          the government was toppled, their headlines ran:        a ‘The world’s oldest democracy’-plaque on the            of global market interests will want to use this op-
been strung around the building at a few metres           ‘Left-wing government seems likely’.                    wall ….                                                   portunity for a full-scale Friedmanite Shock Doc-
distance. Once the ribbon was broken, the protes-                                                                        Camouflaged in elegant white, we thought           trine. Already in early October, right-wing forces
tors surrounded the building, banging pots, pans                                                                  that we had passed through as Europeans. As long          tried to create consensus on the dogmatic “Now
and the windows of parliament. When police ap-                                                                    as we’d keep proper distance from the Inuit and al-       nothing can be holy”, i.e. now is the time for en-
plied pepper spray, the demonstrators showed                                                                      ways correct those who think we live in snow hous-        vironmentalists, feminists and socialists to shut up

                                                                             g I have to
resolute solidarity, ready with diluted washing-up                                                                es, we hoped that no one would notice. Will they          and let business do its business. Venture capital-
liquid and milk to take care of each other. A garden         “The only thin                                       now despise us? During the self-professed ‘good           ists have made bids at the state’s total real estate.
                                                                             h day and
                                                             do is look eac
behind the house of parliament became a site of                                                                   years’, a lot of people left Iceland. In 2007, some 60           It’s Don Corleone’s world, full of ‘offers they
                                                                            h money
                                                             see how muc
struggle, where the police arrested dozens, mostly                                                                thousand Icelandic citizens permanently resided           can’t refuse’. We know little about the IMF’s agree-
underage teenagers. In a few hours police gained                                                                  elsewhere, 20% of its inhabitants. Now Icelanders         ment with Icelandic authorities, only that they
                                                                            says,
control of the garden, but protestors kept banging.           came in,” he                                        have suddenly become Europe’s cheapest work-              promised each other to suspend the full force of the
                                                                              2006 in-
                                                              laughing, in a
        As dusk set in, the one or two hundred peo-                                                               force. We all know how this works – Norwegian             collapse until 2010. It’s a gluey sort of Apocalypse.
                                                                              s up the
                                                              terview, “pick
ple who were still relentlessly banging whatever                                                                  worker rentals have already set up shop in the city       Eight thousand of the country’s 300 thousand in-

                                                                             moment
bangable items they had brought that morning, wit-                                                                hall, recruiting from those already unemployed.           habitants are currently studying business and fi-
nessed something bewildering: the action was not               phone and a                                        Those who were not in on any scam and gained              nance, acting as if nothing happened. Everyone still
                                                                              0 million
                                                               later says: ‘5
fading. On the contrary, new streams and flocks of                                                                nothing from Iceland’s rise and fall, ask: Will we be     acts as if money has a function and basically every
                                                                                in, just
                                                               pounds came
people appeared. In a few hours, after the evening                                                                treated like we treated our immigrants? Or worse?         trick in the hysteric’s toolbox is currently applied to
news, the hundreds turned to thousands and the in-                                                                No, we are not numerous enough, someone an-               hide the fact that there is no way back. Tomorrow
cessant tribal beat was accompanied by a bonfire                last Friday!’”.                                   swers. They won’t notice.                                 may be capitalist, but tomorrow’s capitalism would
in the square in front of parliament. The fire lasted                                                                    ‘Ninth,’ President Grímsson went on in his         be a dystopian remix of Fukuyama’s universe, with-
for hours, but grew to most splendid heights when                                                                 London address on Icelandic success, ‘is the im-          out any pretences towards freedom. In a silent act
the City's own Christmas tree was brought down                                                                    portance of personal reputation. This is partly           of minimal decency, local right-wing ideologues
and carried on to the fire. And as it turned out, this                                                            rooted in the medieval Edda poems, which em-              have stopped uttering the word. For the next year
is one way to off a government: the noise continued       LESSONS FROM                                            phasise that our wealth might wither away but our         or two, our brutally real choice will continue to be
and they were gone in a week.                             THE ICELANDIC VOYAGE                                    reputation will stay with us forever. Every Icelandic     revealed: between capitalismo puro, capitalism as
        This is revolution. It is a revolution of mind-   Neoliberal Iceland was run as a secret conspiracy       entrepreneur knows that success or failure will re-       mere, brutal fact and – through a thick layer of ridi-
set, born of deep anger, resentment and a categori-       worthy of a James Bond screenplay: it was ex-           flect not only on his or her own reputation but also      cule, this word still demands its way out as the only
cal demand for justice. But this is also a good-old       changed for gambling money in a plot involving          on the reputation of the nation. They therefore see       fitting one – revolution.
‘The King is Dead! Long Live the King!’ factual sort      Russian oligarchs, offshore accounts in the Carib-      themselves as representatives of a proud people
of revolution, where the public throws off the bur-       bean, and luxury yachts no less kitschy than your       and know that their performance will determine
den of unbearably bad rulers and demands new              average dictators’ – not to mention Elton John, Tina    their reputation for decades or centuries to come.’
ones. A constitutional convention is underway, to         Turner and Duran Duran entertaining in private par-     Grímsson forgot to mention the most prominent ad-
meet basic demands, such as a separation of gov-          ties, and a lot of cocaine. Or so they say. Rumours     vice in the Edda-poems: ‘The ignorant booby had
ernment, parliament and the courts. In a supposed         abound, but no details, no facts: no single money       best be silent / When he moves among other men
republic where citizens still tend to refer to them-      transaction has been publicly verified. In Iceland,     / No one will know what a nit-wit he is / Until he
selves as subjects, this is, in some ways, 1789. In or-   no businessperson, politician or civil servant has      begins to talk.’ (Verse 27 in W.H. Auden’s transla-
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OPINION                                                         OPINION                                                                                                                              OPINION



I’m Not Stupid!                                                                                                                                                                                      Does It Matter?
BY IngIBJöRg RÓSA BJöRnSDÓTTIR                                                                                                                                                                       BY vALuR gunnARSSon

You gotta love us Icelanders. We take everything to the                                                                                                                                              In the film Frost/Nixon, former U.S. President Richard
extreme. Two of our girls were voted Miss World in the                                                                                                                                               Nixon wonders if his legacy will be an entire generation
80s and we decided that ALL our women were the world’s                                                                                                                                               of Americans losing faith in the political system. The fact
most beautiful. One Icelandic guy repeatedly won the title                                                                                                                                           that Nixon was forced to resign was itself proof that the
of The World‘s Strongest Man, and we assume our men                                                                                                                                                  system, in fact, worked. However, the shock of seeing the
are the strongest of all. A few people started behaving like                                                                                                                                         President exposed as corrupt led to people abandoning
they were the astronomically wealthy aristocratic class                                                                                                                                              faith in the very system that at that point was proving that
that Iceland had always lacked, and the rest of the nation                                                                                                                                           no one was above it.
bought into the idea that the nation‘s economy was boom-                                                                                                                                                    We all know the story from there. Reagan, Bush,
ing like never before.                                                                                                                                                                               a brief Clintonian intermission, followed by even more
       A few not-so-good men managed to ruin the bank-                                                                                                                                               Bush. All that is needed for evil to prosper, as the oft-
ing system, almost bankrupting the entire nation and                                                                                                                                                 quoted Burke once said, is for good men to do nothing. In
staining our reputation as content hard-working, honest,                                                                                                                                             the aftermath of Watergate, it seemed that good men took
tax-payers... and now we can hardly find words powerful                                                                                                                                              a collective step away from politics. For nearly 30 years
enough to describe our self-deprecation. We‘re humiliat-                                                                                                                                             between Carter and Obama, they were to do very little at


                                                                Denial and Ignorance
ed and we blame ourselves for all helping to blow up this                                                                                                                                            all. Many even stopped voting, and the fewer people that
bubble that has now burst. Bloggers seem to be competing                                                                                                                                             took a stand, the better the Republicans did.
in who-can-use-the-nastiest-language when describing                                                                                                                                                        In many ways, Iceland now stands at a similar turn-
how utterly stupid we are: myopic, stupid, naive, stupid,                                                                                                                                            ing point to the one the US faced in the 1970’s. Instead of
                                                                BY AFTAKA - pHoTo BY HöRÐuR SveInSSon
immature, stupid, overly-confident, stupidly optimistic,                                                                                                                                             Vietnam, we have the banking crisis. Instead of Watergate
stupid and irrational. And stupid.                              Not long ago, the word anarchism was almost meaning-              ple protest and fight against capitalism, not the crisis!          we have, well, the banking crisis. It seems that every eve-
       I guess it‘s an understandable psychological reac-       less in Icelandic. It hardly existed. But now it seems that              The police officer’s words mark the narrow mind-            ning, Icelanders are bombarded with still more news of
tion to the trauma of watching your country‘s economy           it has received a seat in the language and better yet—it is       sets and lack of ideals that last years’ social situation lead     corruption within both the private and public sectors.
crumble to dust. We blame ourselves for not being able          getting more and wider understanding. The reason must             to. The sentence here above – “although I don’t believe            Small wonder that many consider the country to be hope-
to prevent it. But enough is enough. I refuse to kick my-       be the growing movement of anarchists and their visibil-          there is much behind that” – is a schoolbook example of            lessly corrupt, even beyond help.
self over things I had nothing to do with. I don‘t work in      ity during protests and actions concerning the economic           denial and ignorance.                                                     But saying that all politicians are the same is re-
the finance sector; I hardly understand the stock market        collapse.                                                                But these words are not only the police officers’.          ally saying that politics don’t matter. They do matter; they
news. And why should I? Only a small portion of the na-                Many people’s first reactions to new words and             Anarchism is constantly dismissed like this—ignored be-            matter a great deal. For those that would say that the Left-
tion works in finance and only a small percentage of them       ideas are ignorance and denial, especially when the               fore properly considered. That’s a childish behaviour that         Greens are just as corrupt as other parties, the simple fact
are to blame for taking these outrageous risks with the na-     ideas challenge and defy the society’s standards and              shows the lack of will to learn and get to know things from        is that they have never been in government before, and,
tion’s money.                                                   traditions—when the “truth” is doubted. Anarchists state          a variety of perspectives; a lack of will to always have an        hence, have not been able to become corrupt to the same
       We vote for people whom we trust can take care of        and argue that something is wrong with the current so-            open mind, challenge the “truth” and consider nothing              extent, if at all. Beating them with the same stick as a party
things for us, like ensuring that our economy is soundly        cial structure. This causes disturbance that constantly ex-       as holy; a lack of will to improve society. It shows the suc-      that has excelled at corruption the past 18 years is as un-
run, so that we can get on with living our lives. If the gov-   pands when people realise that the anarchists are right…          cess of authorities’ silencing campaigns; how well they            fair as it is inaccurate.
ernment fails, as many of us think they did, we simply get      it is inconvenient having to change the “truth”.                  have managed to create a society of ideological stagna-                   Major changes in Iceland are needed, but these will
a new one.                                                      One way to ignore this disturbance, not updating one’s            tion, with the help of corporations, PR managers and ad-           not come overnight. By turning their backs on the system,
       I don‘t want to spend my days and nights worrying        mind and adapting to new and changed ideas, is to pre-            vertisement agencies.                                              by not voting at all or voting for parties with little hope
whether the country is being run well or not; I trust others    tend that these ideas don’t exist. Another way is to run                 We could turn this around and state that in the so-         of entering government, those that want the system to
to do a much better job than I ever could.                      them down, remove all ideals and ideologies.                      ciety there is “a group that connects itself with capitalism,      change the most will lead to it changing the least.
       And with trust comes the danger of disappoint-                  The February issue of Grapevine included an in-            but there is not much behind that!” But this statement is          In fact, it is hard to see any fundamental differences be-
ment. Yes, I‘m disappointed with our former government          terview with police officers who took part in the police          wrong. Capitalism builds on the idea that an individual’s          tween the platforms of the newly formed Citizen Move-
and financial structure. Yes, I‘m disappointed with how a       actions during the January revolt. Talking about the more         freedom is to do business, buy and sell without authori-           ment and the present government. It is often those with
few of my countrymen have behaved and I honestly be-            radical part of the protesters, a police officer titled ‘Senior   ties’ interventions. It is based on greed, acceptance of           the most in common who argue most with one another.
lieve they will get their just comeuppance. But I will not      Policeman’ says: “It all starts with a group that connects        class divisions, injustice, individuals’ different values          In the recent University of Iceland student elections, the
talk down to my nation or declare my own stupidity. I was       itself with anarchism, although I don’t believe there is          inside society and an unequal distribution of resources.           Anarchist Party Öskra asked people not to vote for any of
a university student during the boom years. I was studying      much behind that.” He continues and says that by looking          It builds on oppression, exploitation, deprivation of free-        the above, instead of the lefty Röskva. Many did not vote
at the faculty of humanities, not economy.                      at the group of anarchists he can’t imagine that they are         dom (yes, people’s freedom is constantly deprived in the           and the party the far right of the spectrum, Vaka, won.
       I paid my taxes and debt, took student loans and         badly situated financially and adds that he would have            name of other’s business freedom) violence and impris-             Hopefully this will not be a template for the elections this
worked my ass off to make ends meet. I used the bus or          liked to see more people in his age group at the protests,        onment.                                                            April. At the very least, politics are a question of choosing
a bicycle to commute. Those three times I went abroad           indebted people who have families to support.                            Therefore it is impossible to deal with capitalism          the lesser of two evils. When people forget this, the greater
in the past decade, I bought the cheapest bulkhead seats               Wait a moment; there is something wrong here: (1)          in this manner, as well as anarchism. No ideology, phi-            evil prevails.
on the longest milk-run flights. That’s how I lead my life, I   How can he, by looking over a crowd, see if people have           losophy and form of organisation can be dealt with in this
and the vast majority of the nation. I believed what I was      financial problems or not? (2) How does he know that              manner. But since anarchist ideas are new for many peo-
told, that our banks were sturdy and our economy was            anarchists don’t have families to support? (3) Not being          ple and these ideas challenge the society’s fundamental            In MAnY wAYS, IceLAnD now STAnDS
sound. How could I have known better? What could I have
done differently? So I refuse to join the bemoaning, self-
                                                                indebted is a sign of rationalism and lack of participation       values, people repeatedly try to ignore them, hoping they
                                                                                                                                                                                                     AT A SIMILAR TuRnIng poInT To THe
                                                                in the consumerism that characterised a majority of the           will get lost and forgotten forever.
deprecating choir of the Icelandic masochists. I will not       Icelandic nation during last years and which sucked out                  In the end, it wouldn’t matter at all if ‘Senior Police-    one THe uS FAceD In THe 1970’S. In-
mock my own nation; I will not agree with foreign journal-
ists making fun of our misfortune; I will not take our bleak
                                                                critical thinking and people’s desire of autonomy. (4)            man’ would study anarchism and agree with some of its              STeAD oF vIeTnAM, we HAve THe
                                                                Not being indebted doesn’t take away one’s freedom to             ideas. His statement would stay unchanged because it’s a
situation and make it worse by kicking myself. I have noth-     resist against a corrupt and incompetent government (not          part of his job to state this to protect authorities and break     BAnKIng cRISIS. InSTeAD oF wATeR-
ing to be ashamed of and I‘M NOT STUPID!
       We have much to be proud of. Those who can‘t see
                                                                meaning people’s constitutional “right” to protest but ev-        down everything that threatens their position. A police            gATe we HAve, weLL, THe BAnKIng
                                                                ery living being’s unwritten right to defend itself). (5) Not     officer would never accept the legitimacy of anarchist
that and truly believe we are an island of idiots should just   nearly everybody is protesting against the crisis and ask-        ideas. However, that does not change the fact that his             cRISIS.
leave and find someplace more befitting their standards.        ing for new period of prosperity. No! Some people always          words and the way he dismisses challenging ideas is ex-
Because that‘s not the spirit we need to get through these      saw (and still see) through the so-called prosperity and          actly how authorities want the whole of society to behave.
next few years. I‘m tired of sarcasm and self-deprecation.      still see the class divisions, injustice and corruption that      That is something that us anarchists fight against!
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ART BY LAnA vogeSTAD                                                                                                                                                              POETRY


                                                                                                                                                                                              Icelandic art
                                                                                                                                                                                             makes me feel
                                                                                                                                                                                             nothing at all
                                                                                                                                                                                  BY eIRíKuR öRn noRÐDAHL

                                                                                                                                                                                  They tell me that Iceland, and in particular Reyk-
                                                                                                                                                                                  javík, is too small an environment to foster a critical
                                                                                                                                                                                  arts debate, since the feeling of being able to speak
                                                                                                                                                                                  freely is a luxury given only through a certain re-
                                                                                                                                                                                  move, a certain distance which is not to be found
                                                                                                                                                                                  in the Icelandic arts world (and moving abroad, I
                                                                                                                                                                                  assure you, doesn’t help much – unless you decide
                                                                                                                                                                                  never to return). Sooner or later you’re gonna share
                                                                                                                                                                                  a table at a bar with the artist in question, and al-
                                                                                                                                                                                  though the situation is more likely to turn out to be
                                                                                                                                                                                  less violent and more strained, repressed and weird,
                                                                                                                                                                                  it’s still uncomfortable and religiously avoided by al-
                                                                                                                                                                                  most anyone that engages in criticism in Iceland.
                                                                                                                                                                                           And thus literary reviews have become a min-
                                                                                                                                                                                  imalist art form where the reader is more or less left
                                                                                                                                                                                  to interpret what the reviewer thought of the book
                                                                                                                                                                                  in question – leaving the option open whether he or
                                                                                                                                                                                  she had any thoughts about it whatsoever. All poet-



101 Projects: Silenced
                                                                                                                                                                                  ry is so-and-so – and the few truly lauded seem to be
                                                                                                                                                                                  lauded mostly for being old men who have begun to
                                                                                                                                                                                  believe their own hype writing new books as if they
                                                                                                                                                                                  were word for word imitations of their own best-of
One last look at 101 Projects                                                                                                                                                     collections.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Icelandic art seems to be “mostly ok” and
                                                                                                                                                                                  the spectrum of quality for Icelandic movies spans
                                                                                                                                                                                  three-and-a-half to four stars – while the spectrum
A critical part of Iceland’s society, the arts, is feel-     quently remarked on the under-representation of          lish subtitles of the sound that you hear. There are        for music is a tad wider, it still shares the same sort
ing the impact of the economic crisis, as businesses         women artists in museums and galleries in his writ-      twenty-four etchings of sound waves around the              of mentality: An utter fright of any concrete opin-
are losing sponsors and funding. One art space that          ing. The high percentage of women artists shown          perimeter of the room with English translations.            ion.
has sadly fallen victim to this crisis is 101 Projects.      at 101 Projects is an example of how the space is        It is striking how the voices personally communi-                    Being “cruel” – or “open” or “honest” or whaty-
101 Projects is tucked away on Hverfisgata and has           progressive and significant in the context of the art    cate with the viewer. Some share stories and some           ouwannacallit – is not going to get you any friends
been presenting challenging and thought provok-              world.                                                   speak of injustice, which demonstrates that these           and we all know that without friends you’re basi-
ing art shows, under the recent curatorship of Birta                                                                  languages are anything but silent. The body of              cally worthless. Dale Carnegie calls it “How to win
Guðjónsdóttir. It has established a programme                A CLOSER LOOK                                            work focuses on languages that are extinct or on            friends and influence people” because the two tend
which instigates a more critical discourse in the            In November 2008, 101 Projects exhibited the art-        the brink of no longer being practiced which is, as         to go together. And besides, you should do the work
arts here in Iceland, and is unfortunately just in the       ist Mathilde ter Heijne. The stark white gallery was     Birta sees it, especially relevant for Iceland, since       justice: judge it on its own merits. Does it achieve
beginning stages.                                            bare except for ten postcard stands on the floor.        the Icelandic language is such an old language and          what it sets out to do? And by all means, ask not
       A common thread between the artists                          The postcards displayed black and white           only spoken by around 320,000 in the world.                 whether what it sets out to do makes any sense, if
Guðjónsdóttir has chosen is that most of them are            photographs of random women spanning across                      Susan Hiller is American born and has been          it’s any fun or has any merit. Speak carefully, for you
not content with the now and want to change and              time and regional maps. On the back of each post-        living in the UK for the past 30 years. Even though         may later prove to have been (historically) wrong.
improve society. Leaning towards the opposite side           card there was a brief biography about a specific        under-recognised, she is an extremely accom-                As if discussing arts was a matter of being right or
of the commercial art world and exhibiting interna-          woman, but not the one photographed. The bio em-         plished artist and writer and has influenced many           wrong.
tional diverse artists, these shows are about art and        phasized how this woman contributed to society,          artists, such as Douglas Gordon and Ann Hamil-                       Now let me state that being objective doesn’t
the world, and how we see the world.                         whether as a leader, a fighter or a philanthropist.      ton. As a studied anthropologist, inspired by death,        deprive you of your right to an opinion – and com-
       Since the space was turned into a project                    The photograph created this personal con-         memory, language, and perception, her work sits in          menting on plausible/possible faults in a piece of
space from a gallery last year, three of the four            nection with the story even though they are not          between art and social practice and science. Hiller         work doesn’t mean you hate the artist and all his or
shows have featured women artists. Even though it            related. Viewers in the gallery were welcome to          has demonstrated in The Last Silent Movie, as well          her kin. It doesn’t even mean you hate the work in
is a rare statistic in the global art world, it is less of   take postcards with them. The process of looking,        as others such as From the Freud Museum 1991–6,             question. And yes, you’re allowed to misread and
an issue in the Icelandic art scene. Icelanders have         reading and taking a woman who was way ahead             that art can be about life and death, and how death         misinterpret – just don’t be cowardly. If you’re not
a history of a feminist lineage: it is a country that al-    of her time and shaped our world today, was an em-       can be lived.                                               willing to risk misreading you’re probably not read-
lowed women to vote earlier than most nations, as            powering experience.                                             As you read this, 101 Projects has been             ing at all.
well as having a female president in 1980, a female                 Most recently, 101 Projects has been exhibit-     forced to close its doors. It is clear that short-term               Arts differ from, let’s say, engineering. If you
director of the National Gallery of Iceland in 1988,         ing The Last Silent Movie by the monumental art-         art spaces are common in Iceland, but it is disap-          miscalculate the structure of a bridge it might crum-
a female mayor of Reykjavík in 1994, and, now, a fe-         ist, Susan Hiller. Upon entering the stripped down       pointing and discouraging to witness the true               ble – and it means you were probably wrong. A
male Prime Minister; women artists certainly seem            space you have a sense that the work is emphasis-        potential of a space get cut short. As Susan Hiller         book? A play? A film? The bridge of a song? – while
to have fair representation here.                            ing something missing. The space is cold and quiet,      revealed to us: when something is no longer here,           it need not sit well with the artist you’re still entitled
       It is noteworthy that this high percentage of         even though there is the sound coming from the           that doesn’t mean it is lost. Hopefully new art spac-       to an opinion. And the artist, the artist’s friends, the
strong women voices in an art space is disturbingly          speakers above. Voices from another time are in-         es will emerge to continue what 101 Projects has            artist’s mother, fans, other critics and culture en-
unusual outside Iceland, even in big cities like New         timately talking, whispering and singing to you in       started and the existing galleries will not suffer the      thusiasts are entitled to have opinions about your
York. For instance, the Museum of Modern Art in              their endangered language, which may not exist to-       same fate. At times like these, creativity and critical     opinions – it doesn’t mean you’re wrong and they’re
New York still only shows approximately 30% wom-             day. The exhibition focuses on a video and sound         thinking is what this country needs the most.               right. It doesn’t even mean you’re right and they’re
en artists. New York art critic Jerry Saltz has fre-         piece, which is a projected black screen with Eng-                                                                   wrong. It means that to some degree you disagree.
                                                                                                                                                                                           It’s called a discussion, relax, get over it.
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                                                                                                 Drinking

   by the sea
           and a delicios lobster                                                                                                         Café Press
                  at Fjörubordid in Stokkseyri                                                                                       Second Hand coffee
                                                                                                                                                         Reviewed by Sari Peltonen — Photo by Jói Kjartans


                                                                                                 Like any great drug in history, coffee thor-               ures and an art-for-sale-exhibition show-             Where:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kaffi Port in Kolaportið flea




                                                           Spör ehf. - Ragnheiður Ágústsdóttir
                                                                                                 oughly entwines itself in the addict’s life.               casing images of burning twin towers,
                                                                                                 It is not just about the act of drinking but               racing cars and fetish figures…                       market, open in weekends
                                                                                                 the entire culture around it. Coffee pries                     In addition to all of this, Port offers an-       from 11 to 17.
                                                                                                 one’s eyes open in the morning, offers                     other warmly welcomed boon: a momen-                  Tryggvagata 19.
                                                                                                 an excuse to meet a friend and chat for                    tary respite from the barging and bashing
                                                                                                 hours, and provides legal permission to                    of the crowded flea market aisles, a cul-             Recommended:
                                                                                                 laze around at work.                                       tural treat and local specialty that makes            Black coffee and a kleina,
                                                                                                      At Kaffi Port, of the local flea market               mince out of untrained Sunday walkers.                400 ISK.
                                                                                                 Kolaportið, coffee becomes your entrance                   You need not fight shopaholic Vikings to
                                                                                                 ticket to observe a clientele that is far re-
                                                                                                 moved from the hip 101 coffee houses on
                                                                                                                                                            enjoy a sweet moment and a serving of
                                                                                                                                                            Emmess ice cream. Here, everyone has a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 E5
                                                                                                 Laugarvegur. For almost 20 years, Port                     place, a chair and a table.
                                                                                                 has served out classics from the local cof-                    To be honest, I wouldn’t advise you to
                                                                                                 fee table to suburbanite families, grand-                  come to Kaffi Port for a great paper mug of
                                                                                                 dads with shopping bags full of harðfiskur                 coffee. But I do warmly recommend it as
                                                                                                 and boys with glowing plastic lightsabres.                 an antidote to all the cool and as a safe ha-
                                                                                                      For the longest time I barely noticed                 ven to heal your bruises and gather your
                                                                                                 the place. And now that I finally have, I                  spirits before facing the enemy again.
                                                                                                 cannot stop looking: plastic flowers and
                                                                                                 palm trees, neon lights, golden angel fig-




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                                                                                                 With a soft bun and         Fresh pasta made at           of international dishes,   Einar Ben pays hom-         you off on your day.       most renowned res-
                                                                                                 lots of veggies, you        location and an exqui-        alongside the staple       age to the historic rela-                              taurant, The Gallery,
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15 | The Reykjavík Grapevine | Issue 4 2009
Eating


                                                           Food
                                                       Salatbarinn
                                                                 Reviewed by Sari Peltonen


One of the highpoints of my curly-haired,              It was great – the amount of things on of-                The offerings are potentially healthy,
barbie-loving early existence was a cruise             fer and the feeling of knowing you could              but it’s not just rabbit food here. They’ve
from my native Finland to Sweden. Back                 have as much of anything you wanted.                  got hot vegetarian dishes and clear dairy-
in 1985, a Viking Line ferry was pretty                You were of course expected to eat until              free soups on offer, but also meat and
much the coolest thing I could think of.               your bursting point.                                  enough pasta salads to keep a big man
The luxury of Coke with a paper umbrel-                    The idea of Salatbarinn is by and                 going; indeed, I hear Salatbarinn is a
la, the excitement of the ball pit and the             large the same. For 1500 ISK you can                  pit stop for sportsmen to fuel up before
main ceremony: buffet dinner.                          stuff yourself full from a mind-blowing               practice.
    The bar seemed to continue forever                 assortment of around 50 different sal-                    Needless to say, I stayed true to my
and the options felt endless: herring,                 ad stuffs, 2 types of soup, 3 hot dishes              childhood and ate three plates of salad,
salmon, salad… By the main course I                    and home-baked bread, and drink soft                  leek soup and lamb curry before rolling
was inevitably full, but still held out ‘til           drinks, water, juice and automat coffee               to the bus stop.
dessert, with its chocolate mousse and                 as your heart desires.
fruit salad from the can.                                  I have read in my women’s maga-                   Where:
    Once I witnessed a man take an en-                 zines that if you want to be thin, you                Salatbarinn, Faxafen 9, Skeifan.
tire serving bowl of shrimps to the table              must eat small portions, a concept these              Open weekdays 11.30-20.30,
next to us and eat straight from it. “Ter-             all-you-can-eat buffets hardly promote.               Sat 11.30-16.
rible manners” my mother condemned                     Then again, I suppose it’s better to stuff
and soon the waitress came to fetch the                yourself with salad than most other                   What We Thing:
shrimp bowl and scold the gentleman.                   things, if you’re stuffingly inclined.                Healthier food for fuel
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                                                          Food
                2 E5                                   Súpubarinn
                                                                 Reviewed by Sari Peltonen


Súpubarinn serves soups and vegetarian                 hearty and creamy, but not overtly so.                es,” said my homesick Swedish lunch
food in the Reykjavík Art Museum, fac-                     The 1-year-old Águst enjoyed his                  date.
ing an incredible view over the harbour                beautiful apple salad decorated with                      Whilst I am not sure that Súpubar-
towards Mt. Esja. The menu consists of                 pecan nuts (usually served with the                   inn’s ‘workplace-canteen meets chain
a set list of soups and a weekly selec-                portion of the day, 1.290 ISK) almost as              eatery from the mall’ branding suits the
tion, with vegetarian dishes for each day.
They also serve coffee and cake in the
                                                       much as he enjoyed running around the
                                                       spacious aisles throwing Duplos on the
                                                                                                             most prestigious modern space in town,
                                                                                                             the place does contribute to the greater
                                                                                                                                                                     Viking feasts every night
afternoon.                                             floor and seeing Érro’s colourful paint-              good, raising the standard of the lunch                    - live entertainment
    The friendly women of “Soup bar”                   ings, of which “Odelscape” (1982) from                offering in the city centre by serving                  For booking and
served me Tex Mex soup (890 ISK) and                   the series “Around the world” was espe-               nice, healthy food at a fair price.                     further information:
half a grilled sandwich with mozzarella,               cially to his liking.                                                                                         Tel.: +354 565-1213
tomato and mango chutney (500 ISK,                         The sandwiches, made from home
                                                                                                                                                                     www.vikingvillage.is
                                                                                                                                                                     vikings@vikingvillage.is
together with soup, both for 1.290 ISK).               baked bread (yeast free), looked tasty and            Where:
                                                                                                                                                                     Strandgata 55 Hafnarfjordur
My friend went for the same deal but                   were just that. A good sandwich is hard               Súpubarinn, Hafnarhúsið,
chose the soup of the day, with lentils                to find in Reykjavík, a promised land of              the Reykjavik Art Museum.
and tomato and a sandwich with aspara-                 subs served with French fries and filled              Tryggvagata 17. Opening hours
gus, pineapple, red pepper and chilli                  with ingredients that come in handy for               Mon-Sun 10-17, Thu 10-22.
sauce.                                                 a hangover but will blow a hole in your
    My Tex Mex looked pretty, sporting a               arteries on a normal weekday. The of-                 What We Thing:
pile of fresh vegetables on top. It tasted             ferings from Súpubarinn are a positive                Good lunch in a grand setting
of chilli and all things healthy. I got torti-         improvement on that standard: “This is
lla chips too. My friend’s lentil soup was             what I would get at home in most plac-


using only organic          of a back-alley London     restaurant delivering      place to relax. Regular    ing Asian-fusion           fordable lobster.
vegetables and qual-        Café. On weekends it       a buffet of authentic      art exhibits add to the    dishes. Share the          Thorvaldsen
ity fish products. The      becomes a happening        sushi straight to your     aesthetic.                 exotic menu, courses       Austurstræti 8 | E6
spiced skyr side a          and diverse bar.           table.                     Santa Maria                selected by the chef,      Dress formally for this
special treat.              Krua Thai                  Pisa                       Laugavegur 22A, | F7       with a friend for the      fancy spot, and come
Jómfrúin                    Tryggvagata 14 | D5        Lækjargötu 6b | E6         Authentic Mexican          most fun.                  before 12 to avoid a
Lækjargata 4 | E6           We dare you to find        In a small-ish cellar by   food, directly from the    Sólon                      long line. DJs play
These days, good            a better meal for the      Lækjagata, you’ll find     stove of the owner’s       Bankastræti 7a | F6        Thursdays, Fridays and
Smörrebröd can be an        same price anywhere        newly opened Italian       mother, who is an          Truly a jack-of-all        Saturdays.
elusive delicacy. Lucky     else. Every dish is        restaurant Pisa.           authentic Mexican.         trades establishment.      Tíu Dropar
for us out in the colo-     delicious. Just eat what   Pizza King                 Served with a healthy      By night a decent res-     Laugavegur 27 | G7
nies, it’s alive and well   looks best to you on       Hafnarstræti 18 | E6       distaste for anything      taurant, by day a café/    An old-fashioned café
at Jómfrúin with fresh      their colorful menu.       This little place serves   TexMex. Also the best      bistro and on Friday       with warm atmosphere
eel imported specially      La Primavera               not only the cheap-        quality/price ratio in     and Saturday nights a      and generous coffee
from Denmark.               Austurstræti 9 | E6        est but largest slices     town with every dish       nightclub. Art exhibi-     refills. A thoroughly
Kaffi Hljómalind            Though it sounds           downtown. A local fa-      under 1000 ISK.            tions on the walls to      pleasant establishment.
Laugavegur 21 | G7          strange, La Primavera      vorite, and open until 6   Segafredo                  top it off.
                                                                                                                                        Tívolí
This organic, free-trade    serves delicious tra-      on Friday and Saturday     Lækjatorg | E6             Sushibarinn                Laugavegur 3 | F7
café prides itself not      ditional North Italian     nights.                    The Italian coffee chain   Laugavegur 2 | F7          A stylish bistro with a
only on great lunches       cuisine using only local   Pizza Pronto               makes its way to Læk-      Deceptively ordinary       wide variety of selec-
and food but being a        produce. A startlingly     Vallarstræti 4 | D6        jatorg Square, bringing    Sushibarinn has re-        tions and positively
strong cultural center,     tasty combination and      With a convenient          strong espresso and        cently become the talk     charming atmosphere.
hosting live music as       a local favorite.          location and late hours,   Italian lunch snacks       of the town among
well as lectures and                                                              to grab on the way to      Reykjavík sushi lovers,    Vegamót
                            Lystin                     a good place to snack                                                            Vegamótastígur 4
poetry nights.              Laugavegur 73 | H7         in between bars. Three     work or just to enjoy      serving, in our opinion,
                                                                                  on the spot.               the very best rolls        | G7
Kaffitár                    Specialising in Icelan-    sizes of pizza with                                                              Vegamót´s kitchen is
Bankastræti 8 | F6          dic ingredients, cooked    a good selection of        Shalimar                   in city.
                                                                                                                                        open until 22.00 daily
Kaffitár celebrates         in a fusion of Asian       toppings. A cheap, if      Austurstræti 4 | E6        Svarta Kaffi               and sports an appeal-
good coffee, and            and French cuisine.        unhealthy, choice.         Shalimar sports the        Laugavegur 54 | H8         ing lunch menu. Come
serves it in abundance,     Mokka                      Pizzaverksmiðjan           conceit of being the       A cosy second floor        for a tasty brunch on
along with sweet            Skólavörðustígur 3A        Lækjargötu 8 | E6          northernmost Indian        café, their fame lies      weekends. If you like
treats and tasty if pricy   | F7                       Some say, these guys       restaurant in the world    partly in their tasty      Óliver, try Vegamót and
special blends. Eat in      Operating since 1958,      are making the best        and has fine daily spe-    Súpa í Brauði (Soup        vice versa.
or to go, a great way       Mokka is the city          Pizza in town. You         cials. We recommend        in Bread) and also in
to enjoy your morning                                                             the quite addictive        their romantic atmo-       Við Tjörnina
                            center´s oldest cof-       will have to find out                                                            Templarasund 3 | E7
boost.                      fee joint and founder      yourself. However they     chicken tikka masala.      sphere. Good for a few
                                                                                                             early evening drinks.      A Reykjavík classic
Kaffivagninn                of Icelandic coffee        have the most original      Silfur                                               with menu exclusively
Grandagarður 10             culture. Regular art       menu written on the         Pósthússtræti 11 | E6     Sægreifinn                 of traditional cuisine,
| D1                        exhibits are always        wall and the Pesto          Extravagant upscale       Verbuð 8, Geirsgata        as frequented by tour-
By the harbor, this         worth a look.              Pizza is outstanding!       restaurant situated in    | D5                       ists as it is by locals. A
lunch and coffee place     Nonnabiti                   Prikið                      the Hotel Borg. The       Right next to the          perfect opportunity to
is a gathering place for   Hafnarstræti 9 | E6         Bankastræti 12 | F6         new French style          harbor, Sægrefinn fish     try Icelandic delicacies.
all sorts of tough folks. “Nonni” is one of the        Part of the Reykjavík       cuisine is brought        shop is like none other
If you want traditional                                                            with professional and     in the country. With a     Vitabar
                           more popular junk-          bar scene for decades,                                                           Bergþórugata 21 | H9
Icelandic food, a great    food places in town,        this café/bar has a         friendly service, you     diverse fish selection,
place to see another                                                               get a selection of fin-   exquisite lobster soup     Really a bar, but best
                           renowned for its            fairly cheap menu and                                                            known for its ham-
side of Reykjavík.         greasy sandwiches           attracts a mix of stu-      est wines and you can     and good service, an
                                                                                   choose from an exotic     absolute must-try.         burgers. Burger and
Kebabhúsið                 and its unique Nonni-       dents and old regulars.                                                          fries for 500 one of
Austurstræti 2 | E6        sauce. Open late for        Mostly R&B and Hip-         and excellent menu        Tapas
                                                                                  – assuming that you                                   the best deals in town,
The name says it all,      midnight cravings.          Hop on weekends.                                      Vesturgata 3B | D5         but Forget-Me-Not
really.                                                                            can afford the not less   For those with a bit
                           O Sushi                     Ráðhúskaffi | D7            extravagant prices.                                  blue cheese and Garlic
Kofi Tómasar                Lækjargata 2A | E6         Tjarnargata 11                                        of money and time to       Extravaganza are alse
Frænda                      Also called “The           Located in the City        Sjávarkjallarinn           spare, Tapas serves        winners.
Laugavegur 2 | F7           Train”, O Sushi’s most     Hall with a great view     Aðalstræti 2 | D6          course after course of
Nestled in a basement       intriguing feature is      of the pond, this café     Elegant Seafood Cellar     delightful miniature
location, Uncle Tom´s       a conveyor belt that       has a good selection       focuses on gourmet         dishes. Also serves
Cabin has the feeling       runs around the entire     of pastries and a good     seafood and tantaliz-      tasty and unusually af-
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Emergency number: 112
Police: 444 1000
Medical help: 1770
Dental emergency: 575 0505
AA: 551 2010
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                                                                                                                                                                                            Say you want to try out “Súpubarinn”
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       18 | The Reykjavík Grapevine | Issue 4 2009
       Listings




                              Music
                                                                                                The Reykjavík blues festival returns,
                                                                                                running from April 4th through to the

                         tHe reykjavík
                                                                                                9th. The festival has become an annual
                                                                                                event to look forward to and has grown

                          blueS feStival
                                                                                                in both size and quality each year. This
                                                                                                year the three concerts featuring the
                                                                                                festival’s biggest acts will take place at
                                                                                                the Hilton Reykjavík Nordica Hotel. Two
                                                                                                legendary names will be paying Iceland
                                                                                                a visit: Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and Pin-
                                                                                                etop Perkins, one of the last living first-
                                                                                                generation blues legends. Both artists
                                                                                                have played alongside some of the most
                                                                                                famous artists of our times, including
                                                                                                Muddy Waters, The Rolling Stones, Bob
                                                                                                Dylan and Eric Clapton. Of course, all of
                                                                                                Iceland’s greatest blues artists will be
                                                                                                playing, including KK, Mugison, Halldór
                                                                                                Bragason and Devils Train to name a
                                                                                                few. The festival will start out with an
                                                                                                extravagant blues day in the center of
                                                                                                Reykjavík to get the whole city into a
                                                                                                bluesy mood. Café Rósenberg will act
                                                                                                as the festivals base of operations and
                                                                                                will host free shows daily throughout
                                                                                                the festival. Tickets can be bought on-
                                                                                                line at Midi.is and 7.500ISK will get you
                                                                                                access to the whole festival. Tickets for
                                                                                                individual shows are also available.



                                                                                                What:
                                                                                                The Reykjavík Blues Festival
                                                                                                Where:
                                                                                                Reykjavík
                                                                                                When:
                                                                                                4th of April to the 9th of April
                                                                                                How much:
                                                                                                7500ISK for the whole festival,
                                                                                                3900ISK for Pinetop Perkins
                                                                                                and 2900ISK for the other two
                                                                                                bigger acts.




          Music      Music                                                                                      Art
        you want   Grapevine                                                                         tHe dark
       metal. Here GraSSrootS                                                                          trutH
        be metal!      #3                                                                       On March 21st, Cinzia D’Ambrosi’s
                                                                                                opened her private photography exhibi-
       It is time to choose which Icelandic metal   The Grapevine grassroots concert series     tion in Gerðuberg. Titled Dark Truth,
       band will receive the honor of going to      continues to give aspiring young artists    the exhibition sheds light on modern
       the annual Wacken Open Air metal festi-      a chance to perform for a live audi-        slavery: the horrible working condi-
       val in Wacken, Germany this July. Now in     ence. The concerts have proven to be        tions of Chinese coalmine workers.
       its 20th year, the festival draws a crowd    an entertaining look into the swarming      Coalmining is the foundation of the
       of 70,000 annually, so the stakes are high   underground music scene in Reykjavík        Chinese “economic wonder,” as the
       for the bands competing. There will be       and have furthered the already good         country is the biggest coal producer in
       only one band going on to Germany, and       reputation of Hemmi and Valdi bar.          the world, but their mining conditions
       which one will be decided in a full-out      This time the show will be dedicated to     are nevertheless the worst in the world,
       metal battle between Diabolus, Severed       indie/electric type artists. 701, Mikael    costing thousands of lives each year.
       Crotch, Perla, Gone Postal, Celestine,       Lind and Magnoose will be playing.          Cinzia D’Ambrosi is an independent
       Beneath and Wistaria on Saturday,            The concert will take place on Friday       press photographer, working primarily
       April 18 at Dillon Sportbar. To prepare      April 24th and, as always, Hemmi and        for volunteer-run organizations. Her
       for the battle, a warm-up will be held       Valdi will be selling large beers for the   photography touches topics such as
       at the venue on the 17th, where bands        reasonable price of 550ISK.                 violation of human rights, refugees
       Changer, Agent Fresco, Munnriður, In                                                     and other tragic social situations. Her
       Siren and Carpe Noctem will perform.         Who:                                        prior exhibits include “War widows of
       Tickets are only 1300ISK each night. If      701, Mikael Lind and Mag-                   Kosovo,” “Children in refugee camps in
       you want metal, you’ve got it!               noose.                                      Tuzla, Bosnia” and “Italian Labourers.”
                                                    Where:                                      The exhibition is open 11 – 17 on week-
       What:                                        Hemmi og Valdi                              days, and 13- 16 on weekends through
       Wacken Metal Battle -                        When:                                       May 25th. An exhibition no Photography
       A weekend of metal                           24th of April                               enthusiast can miss.
       Where:
       Dillon Sportbar, Trönuhraun 10,
       220 Hafnarfjörður
                                                      3 G7                                      Where:
                                                                                                Gerðuberg, Gerðubergi 3-5,
       When:                                                                                    111 Reykjavík
       Warmup: Fri. April 17 at 22:00                                                           When:
       Battle: Sat. April 18 at 18:30                                                           February 28 – April 5
/ DV   How much:
       1300ISK each night




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19 | The Reykjavík Grapevine | Issue 4 2009
Listings

If you would like to be included                                  Q-Bar                                                        Prikið
in the Grapevine listings, free of                                  23:00 K.G.B.                                                 22:00 DJ Danni Boy, open til 5:30.
                                                                  Rósenberg                                                    Q-Bar
charge, contact the Grapevine by                                    22:00 Reykjavík Blues Festival. Hrund                        22:00 Pub Quiz.
email at listings@grapevine.is.                                     Ósk Árnadóttir, Park Project, The Lame                     Rósenberg
                                                                    Dudes and Danni Jón og Ingiberg.                             22:00 Reykjavík Blues Festival. Finnsko-
                                                                  Salurinn (Kópavogi)                                            gen Blues Band, Angela Basombrio,

Music &
                                                                                                                                                                                         UPCOMING
                                                                    13:00 Germany - France. Teachers from                        Þrjár Raddir and Arnar Guðmundsson
                                                                    the musical school of Kópavogur will be                    Sódóma Reykjavík
                                                                    playing. 1500ISK                                             21:00 Boys in a Band, Who Knew and
Entertainment                                                     Salurinn (Kópavogi)                                            Dynamo Fog in Concert. .



                                                                                                                                                                                         CONCERTS
                                                                    17:00 Songs of the young in Tíbrá                          Sólon
                                                                    concert series: Matthías Nardeau plays.                      18:00 Champion League Live and DJ
                                                                    2500ISK
friday april 3                                                    Sódóma Reykjavík
                                                                                                                                 Áki Pain from 24 - 05


   800Bar (Selfoss)
                                                                    21:00 Smirnoff spring festival. 8-bit,
                                                                    MEGA(Steed Lord dj set) and Terror-
                                                                                                                            tHurSday april 9
     22:00 Papar host a ball. 2000ISK                               disco will be handling the music .                                                                                   SLEEPING BEAUTY – A FAMILY CONCERT
   B5                                                             Sólon                                                        B5                                                        SATURDAY, APRIL 18TH @ 14 PM
                                                                                                                                  22:00 DJ Simon Gorillafunk - Pop - Hip
     22:00 DJ Simon Gorillafunk - Pop - Hip
     Hop - R’n’B - Oldies.
                                                                    23:00 Ground floor: DJ Party.
                                                                    Upstairs: DJ Áki Pain.                                        Hop - R’n’B - Oldies.                                          Conductor | Bernharður Wilkinson
   Café Paris                                                     Thorvaldsen                                                  Café Cultura                                                      Host | Halldór Gylfason
     22:00 Cocktail Night.                                          23:00 DJ JR.                                                  21:00 Electro band Anonymous in                                Ballet | Students from the Icelandic Academy of Dance
   Celtic Cross                                                                                                                   concert.                                               Pjotr Tchaikovsky | Sleeping Beauty
     01:00 Live Music.                                        Sunday april 5                                                   Dubliner
   Dubliner                                                                                                                       22:30 Live Music.                                      A RUSSIAN FEAST I
     22:30 Live Music.                                            Dubliner                                                     English Pub                                               FRIDAY, APRIL 24TH @ 7.30 PM
   English Pub                                                      22:30 Live Music.
                                                                                                                                  22:00 Live Music.                                              Conductor | Rumon Gamba
     22:00 Live music                                             Prikið
                                                                                                                               Hilton Reykjavík Nordica
                                                                                                                                  20:00 Reykjavík Blues Festival. Vinir
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Soloist | Cedric Tiberghien
   Hressó
     22:00 Band Dalton in concert followed
                                                                    22:00 Hangover cinema with poppcorn
                                                                                                                                  Dóra will be celebrating theyr 20 year                 Dimitri Shostakovich | Festival Overture
                                                                    on the house. Dazed and Confused will
     by DJ Maggi.                                                   be shown.
                                                                                                                                  anniversary. Also playing are Andrea,                  Dimitri Shostakovich | Piano Concerto no. 1
   Jacobsen                                                       Rósenberg
                                                                                                                                  Ragnheiður Gröndal and Deitra Farr.                    Pjotr Tchaikovsky | Symphony no. 5
                                                                                                                                  2900ISK
     22:00 DJ Hjalti and DJ Sexy Lazer.                             22:00 Reykjavík Blues Festival. Hilmar
                                                                    Örn, Steindór Andersen, Guðmundur
                                                                                                                               Hressó                                                    A RUSSIAN FEAST II
   Nasa                                                                                                                           22:00 Troubadours from Dalton Böddi
     22:00 Eivør Pálsdóttir in concert.
                                                                    Pétursson, Birgir Baldursson, Björn
                                                                                                                                  and Dabbi play.
                                                                                                                                                                                         THURSDAY, APRIL 30TH @ 7.30 PM
     2500ISK. Tickets can be bought at midi.is
                                                                    Thoroddsen, Jón Rafssoon and many
                                                                                                                               Jacobsen
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Conductor | Rumon Gamba
                                                                    more.
   Prikið                                                                                                                         22:00 Unicersity night, Paul Moritz Dj’s.                      Soloist | Natalia Gutman
     21:00 DJ Gauti starts the Happy Hour
                                                              monday april 6                                                   Prikid                                                    Dimitri Shostakovich | Ballet Suite no. 3
     followed by DJ Danni Deluxe.
   Q-Bar
                                                                                                                                  22:00 DJ Kári, open til 00:00.                         Dimitri Shostakovich | Cello Concerto no. 1
     23:00 DJ Kári.                                               Dubliner
                                                                                                                               Q-Bar
                                                                                                                                  22:00 DJ Úlfaldi.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Pjotr Tchaikovsky | Symphony no. 6
   Rósenberg                                                                                                                   Rósenberg
     22:00 Halli Reynis troubadour in con-
                                                                    22:30 Live Music.                                                                                                    A PIANO VIRTUOSO FROM PALESTINE
                                                                  Rósenberg                                                       22:00 Reykjavík Blues Festival. Bands
     cert .                                                         22:00 Reykjavík Blues Festival. Jazzy                         Devils Train and Birting                               THURSDAY, MAY 7TH @ 7.30 PM
   Sódóma Reykjavík                                                 blues night. Kristjana Stefánsdóttir, Tó-                  Sódóma Reykjavík                                                  Conductor | Ludovic Morlot
     21:00 Nokia on Ice music festival.
     Cosmic Call,Bárujárn, Sudden Weather
                                                                    mas R. Einarsson and Budget Jazzblues                         21:00 Kimi night #2. Kimono, The                               Soloist | Saleem Abboud Ashkar
     Change and Mammút will be perform-
                                                                    Band                                                          Bent Moustache and Sudden Weather
                                                                                                                                  Change in concert. Retro Stefsson will
                                                                                                                                                                                         Claude Debussy | Jeux
     ing. .                                                                                                                       DJ in between. It will rule!                           Henri Dutilleux | Métaboles
   Sólon
                                                              tueSday april 7                                                                                                            Ludwig van Beethoven | Piano Concerto no. 5
     23:00 Upstairs: DJ Áki Pain
   Thorvaldsen
                                                                                                                            friday april 10
     23:00 Siggi Hlö will be hosting his                          Dubliner
                                                                                                                               B5
     famous Boogie Night at Thorvaldsen                              22:30 Live Music.
                                                                                                                                 22:00 DJ Simon Gorillafunk - Pop - Hip
     bar.                                                         Hilton Reykjavík Nordica
                                                                                                                                 Hop - R’n’B - Oldies.
                                                                     20:00 Reykjavík Blues Festival. Pinetop                                                                             Tickets sold at www.sinfonia.is
                                                                                                                               Café Cultura
Saturday april 4                                                     Perkins a living legend in concert. Also
                                                                                                                                 21:00 DJ Gísli Galdur.
                                                                                                                                                                                         or tel. 545 2500.
                                                                                                                                                                                         All concerts take place in Háskólabíó.
                                                                     playing are KK, Deitra Farr, Nordic
                                                                     All Star Blues Band and Devils Train.                     Café Paris
   B5                                                                                                                            22:00 Cocktail Night.
                                                                     3900ISK
     22:00 Immo Schram - Pop - Hip Hop -
                                                                  Rósenberg                                                    Celtic Cross
     R’n’B                                                           22:00 Reykjavík Blues Festival. Bands                       01:00 Live Music.
   Celtic Cross                                                      Ferlegheit and Solla in concert                           Dubliner
     01:00 Live Music.                                            Sólon
                                                                                                                                 22:30 Live Music.
   Dubliner                                                          18:00 Champion League Live                                English Pub
     22:30 Live Music.                                                                                                           22:00 Live Music.
   English Pub                                                wedneSday april 8                                                Hressó
     22:00 Live Music.                                                                                                           24:00 DJ Elli.
   Hressó                                                                                                                      Jacobsen
                                                                  Dubliner
     22:00 Band TransKvintett in concert
                                                                     22:30 Live Music                                            22:00 Lunatech (NOR) also DJ’s Stein
     followed by DJ Maggi .
                                                                  Hilton Reykjavík Nordica                                       Massiv, Kangoos and FKNHNDSM
   Jacobsen
                                                                     20:00 Reykjavík Blues Festival. Willie                    Kaffibarinn
     22:00 Resident DJ. DJ Yamaho and DJ                             “Big Eyes” Smith in concert. Also Blús-                     23:45 DJ Gísli Galdur.
     Maggi Felix                                                     menn Andreu and Mugison. 2900ISK                          Prikið
   Kaffibarinn                                                    Hressó                                                         22:00 Everyone over 220cm drink free
     23:45 DJ Sexy Lazer.                                            22:00 Band Tepokarnir followed by DJ Elli                   tonight. DJ Danni Deluxe plays til 5:30
   NASA                                                           Jacobsen                                                     Q-Bar
     23:00 Papar host a ball. 1800ISK                                                                                            22:00 DJ Manny.
                                                                     22:00 DJ Árni E. and DJ Gísli Galdur
   Prikið                                                                                                                      Rósenberg
                                                                  Kaffibarinn
     17:00 The Reykjavík Bluesfestival pays                                                                                      00:00 Thin Jim and the Castaways in
                                                                     23:45 DJ Alfons X.
     Prikið a visit.                                                                                                             concert.



Music & Entertainment | Venue finder
Amsterdam                      Roomy bar floor, nice          has pretty good music,         Tap beer and music            place to sneak off to and     poetry. You name it, they
Hafnarstræti 5 | E6            sofas and stylish interior     too. The mix of students       makes a fair hangout on       chat with friends over a      got it.
Kaffi Amsterdam seems          make this a comfy café         and tattooed tough guys        weekends.                     beer. Frequented also         Sódóma Reykjavík
to have been around            as well as a tavern with       always creates a fun           Hverfisbarinn                 by the literary and act-      Tryggvagata 22 | E5
forever, though recently       good, unintrusive music.       atmosphere.                    Hverfisgata 20 | G6           ing elite.                    Sódóma Reykjavík is a
it’s been reinvented as a      Café Cultura                   Dubliner                       After a long line, you’ll     Óliver                        brand new venue for live
live venue. Good music,        Hverfisgata 18 | G6            Hafnarstræti 4 | E5            get in and wonder what        Laugavegur 20A | H7           music in Reykjavík. It is
cheap beer, and colorful       Cultura is a café/bar with     The city’s main Irish pub      all the fuss was about.       This nightclub attracts       located on the upper
characters to be found.        a party feel. The menu         attracts quite a lot of for-   You may end up here if        a crowd of crazy danc-        floor on the old Gaukur
Apótek                         features all sorts of inter-   eigners, though there´s        you’re still going at 4 on    ers that may not be for       on Stöng and was build
Austurstræti 16 | E5           national dishes, alongside     an influx of locals on         a Sunday morning, in          everyone. In which case,      up for people to really
Sporting a chic and pris-      the staple salad and           weekends. Good if you’re       which case it’s just as       air conditioning and fine     enjoy live music.
tine interior with a healthy   sandwich.                      looking for the darker         good as any.                  food make Oliver a good       Sólon
club atmosphere.               Café Paris                     stuff on tap.                  Kaffi Hljómalind              lunch spot.                   Bankastræti 7A | F5
B5                             Austurstræti 14 | E5           Glaumbar                       Laugavegur 23 | G6            Ölstofan                      Truly a jack of all trades
Bankastræti 5 | F6             With an outdoor terrace,       Tryggvagata 20 | E4            This organic, free-trade      Vegamótastígur | G6           establishment. By night
By day a chic little bistro    this café gets busy on         The premier sports bar         café prides itself not only   No tricks here. You’ll        a decent restaurant, by
with good food and a           sunny days. With a cosy        in town, though after the      on great food and coffee      want just simple beer in      day a café/bistro and
prime location for Lau-        interior, fine menu and        final whistle, DJs take the    but being a strong cul-       this simple pub. Also the     on Friday and Saturday
gavegur people watching        attentive service, it makes    floor and begin a night of     tural center, hosting live    hangout for Reykjavík         nights a nightclub. Art
| by night a stylish bar       a fine spot for evening        feverish dancing.              music as well as lectures     intellectual circles          exhibitions on the walls
with a “whiskey room”          dining as well.                Grand Rokk                     and poetry nights.            Prikið                        to top it off.
and manhattanesque             Balthazar                      Smiðjustígur | G6              Kaffibarinn                   Bankastræti | F5              Thorvaldsen
clientele.                     Hafnarstræti 1-3| D4           As its Viking theme ac-        Bergstraðastræti 1 | F6       Part of the Reykjavík         Austurstræti 8 | E5
Bar 11                         Victor attracts a diverse      curately displays, this        A popular place to grab       bar scene for decades,        Dress formally for this
Laugavegur 11 | G6             crowd, both in age and         hardcore chess hangout         a drink after work, this      this café/bar has a fairly    fancy spot, and come
The sweatiest Rock             origin, a rule that extends    is no place for the lily       daytime coffee joint roils    cheap menu and attracts       before 12 to avoid a long
joint on the northern          to the musicians that          livered. Take the pub quiz     with nighttime activity       a mix of students and old     line. DJs play Thursdays,
hemisphere. Mötley Crüe        play there.                    on Fridays at 17.30, the       on weekends with live         regulars. R&B and Hip-        Fridays and Saturdays.
would have played this         Celtic Cross                   winner gets a free case        DJs. Parties often pound      Hop plays on weekends.        Vegamót
bar 25 years ago and still     Hverfisgata 26 | H6            of beer!                       until dawn.                   Q-Bar                         Vegamótastígur 4 | G6
be talking about it.           Arguably the most au-          Highlander                     NASA                          Ingólfstræti 3 | F6           Vegamót´s kitchen is
Bjarni Fel                     thentic Irish pub outside      Lækjargata 10 | E7             Þorvaldsenstræti 2| E6        A roomy gay/straight bar.     open until 22.00 daily
Austurstræti 20 | E5           Ireland, a very lively         If you prefer Scottish to      The main live venue in        Some of the best DJs in       and sports an appealing
Named after the Ice-           space where you’ll often       Irish, this might be the       town. If you are look-        town play regularly, mak-     lunch menu. Come for a
land’s most legendary          find live music, some-         place for a single malt.       ing for a decent band,        ing it an especially lively   tasty brunch on week-
sports commentator, this       times two bands playing        Hressó                         chances are you’ll find it    space on weekends.            ends. If you like Óliver, try
is the place for the three     at once.                       Austurstræti 20 | E5           at NASA.                      Rósenberg                     Vegamót and vice versa.
Bs: ball, burger and beer.     Dillon                         With a spacious neutral        Næsti Bar                     Klapparstígur 25 | G7         The party goes on late.
Boston                         Laugavegur 30 | H7             interior, pleasant court-      Ingólfstræti 1A | F6 On       Live music venue that
Laugavegur 28b | H6            The quintessential rock        yard and a varied lunch        nights where queues           has something to offer
A fresh addition to the        pub Dillion serves mod-        menu, Hressó attracts          snake down Laugavegur,        every single night, rang-
Reykjavík bar scene.           erately priced drinks, and     no specific type of crowd.     Næsti Bar can be great        ing from rock to jazz to
                                                          20 | The Reykjavík Grapevine | Issue 4 2009
                                                          Listings

                                                             Sólon                                                 22:30 Live Music.                                      English Pub
                                                               00:00 DJ Áki Pain.                                Q-Bar                                                      22:00 Live Music.
                  Mười điều tâm niệm                         Thorvaldsen
                                                               23:00 DJ Hlynur.
                                                                                                                   22:00 Elín Ey and Myrra open stage.
                                                                                                                 Rósenberg
                                                                                                                                                                          Hressó
                                                                                                                                                                            22:00 Band Napoleon in concert fol-
 1.   Hãy lạc quan, sẽ yêu đời hơn                                                                                 21:00 Svavar Knútur Troubadour in con-                   lowed by DJ Maggi.
                                                          Saturday april 11                                        cert                                                   Jacobsen
 2.   Hãy góp phần vào việc bạn thích                                                                            Sólon                                                      22:00 Ge-Ology (USA) Hip Hop band in
                                                                                                                   18:00 Champion League Live
 3.   Hãy tiếp tục học mãi                                   B5                                                                                                             concert.
                                                               22:00 DJ Einar - Pop - Hip Hop - Funk -                                                                    Café Paris
 4.   Hãy rút kinh nghiệm qua lỗi lầm của mình                 Electro.                                       wedneSday april 15                                            22:00 Cocktail Night.
                                                             Celtic Cross                                                                                                 Prikið
 5.   Hãy vận động thường xuyên hằng ngày sẽ làm tinh          01:00 Live Music.                                 Café Cultura                                               22:00 A huge array of DJ’s. Gísli Gal-
      thần thoải mái.                                        Dubliner                                              21:00 Female Frequenzies: Session 2:                     dur, Danni Deluxe, Benni B Ruff, Addi
                                                               22:30 Live Music.                                   DJ Flugvél og Geimskip and Kira Kira in                  Intro, Krúsi and more.
 6.   Đừng tham gia vào những việc vô ích                    English Pub                                           concert.                                               Q-Bar
                                                                                                                                                                            23:00 DJ Svenni.
 7.   Hãy cố gắng hiểu và khuyến khích ngưòi khác              22:00 Live Music.
                                                             Hressó
                                                                                                                 Dubliner
                                                                                                                                                                          Rósenberg
                                                                                                                   22:30 Live Music.                                        22:00 Bands Ljótu Hálfvitarnir and
 8.   Đừng đầu hàng, chịu thua vì thành công trong cuộc        24:00 Band Dalton in concert.                     Kaffibarinn                                                Hvannadalsbræður in concert.
                                                             Jacobsen
      đời là sự đúc kết của một chuỗi dài phấn đấu                                                                 22:00 FKNHNDSM DJ’s.                                   Salurinn (Kópavogi)
                                                               22:00 DJ Hyper Hyper and the Swedish              Prikið                                                     20:30 Stefán Hilmarsson in concert.
 9.   Hãy nhận biết và trau dồi khả năng của mình              Connection 3.                                       22.00 Large beer for 490ISK, shots for                   3500ISK
                                                             Kaffibarinn                                           350ISK. DJ Moonshine plays.                            Sódóma Reykjavík
10.   Hãy đặt cho mình mục đích và cố gắng thực hiện           22:30 DJ Maggi Legó(Disco Special).               Q-Bar                                                      21:00 Ultra Mega Techno Band Stefán
      giấc mơ của mình                                       Oliver                                                22:00 Pub Quiz Night.                                    performing with guests.
                                                               23:00 DJ Brynjar Már.                             Rósenberg                                                Sólon
                                                             Prikið                                                22:00 Two Big Band will be performing.                   23:00 DJ Áki Pain.
                                                               22:00 Closes at 03:00.                            Sódóma Reykjavík                                         Thorvaldsen
                                                             Q-Bar                                                 21:00 Old local legends Leaves will be                   23:00 DJ Hlynur.
                                                               23:00 DJ Funky Fleivur.                             performing with guests.
                                                                                                                 Sólon
                                                             Rósenberg
                                                               22:00 Þóra Björk and her band in                    18:00 Champion League Live
                                                                                                                                                                       Saturday april 18
                                                               concert. A jazzy concert with original
                                                                                                                                                                          B5
                                                               content.
                                                             Rúbín
                                                                                                              tHurSday april 16                                             22:00 DJ Funky Fleivur - Funk - Pop -
                                                               23:00 Páll Óskar in concert. 1990ISK                                                                         Hip Hop - Electro.
                                                             Sólon                                               B5                                                       Celtic Cross
                                                                                                                   22:00 NOREQUEST - Hip Hop - Funk -
                                                               23:00 DJ Áki Pain                                                                                            01:00 Live Music.
                                                                                                                   Electro
                                                             Thorvaldsen                                                                                                  Dubliner
                                                               23:00 DJ Mokki.                                   Dubliner
                                                                                                                                                                            22:30 Live Music.
                                                                                                                   22:30 Live Music.
                                                                                                                                                                          English Pub
                                                          Sunday april 12                                        English Pub
                                                                                                                   22:00 Live Music
                                                                                                                                                                            22:00 Live Music.
                                                                                                                                                                          Háskólabíó
Selection of elegant Gabor shoes                             B5
                                                                                                                 Hressó
                                                                                                                   22:00 Jogvan and Vignir troubadours
                                                                                                                                                                            14:00 Tónsprotinn family concert series.
                                                               22:00 DJ Funky Fleivur - Funk - Pop -                                                                        The Icelandic Symphony Orchestra will
            and bags.
                                                                                                                   play.
                                                               Hip Hop - Electro.                                                                                           be playing music around the fairy tale
                                                                                                                 Prikið
                                                             Dubliner                                                                                                       Sleeping Beauty. 1500ISK.
                                                                                                                   22.00 House DJ. Large beer for 490ISK,
     Quality and good price.                                   22:30 Live Music.
                                                             Hressó
                                                                                                                   shots for 350ISK..
                                                                                                                 Q-Bar
                                                                                                                                                                          Hressó
                                                                                                                                                                            22:00 Seth Sharp and his band in
                                                                                                                                                                            concert followed by DJ Maggi.
                                                               24:00 DJ Elli.                                      22:00 DJ Andrea Jónsdóttir.
                                                                                                                 Rósenberg                                                Jacobsen
                                                             Jacobsen
                                                                                                                   22:00 Bands Ljótu Hálfvitarnir and                       22:00 Shaft.
                                                               22:00 DJ’s Óli Ofur, Asli, Mr Cuellar &
                                                                                                                   Hvannadalsbræður in concert.                           Kaffibarinn
                                                               Trix and Oculus Impulce                           Sólon                                                      23:00 President Bongo DJ’s.
                                                             Kaffibarinn                                           23:00 Ground floor: DJ playing R’n’B,                  NASA
                                                               23:45 Karius og Baktus.                             Old School                                               23:00 The French Icelandic band
                                                             Prikið                                                Upstairs: Ingó Idol with green thursday                  Klezmer Kaoz will be performing East-
                                                               22:00 DJ Danni Boy, open til 5:30.                                                                           European music. 2500ISK
                                                                                                                   session.
                                                             Q-Bar                                                                                                        Prikið
                                                                                                                 Sódóma Reykjavík
                                                               23:00 DJ Gísli Galdur and Yamaho.                                                                            22:00 DJ Addi Intro. The bar closes at
                                                                                                                   21:00 Killer Queen a Queen cover band
                                                             Sólon                                                                                                          00:00 for a private party.
                                                                                                                   with Magni as front man in conert.
                                                               00:00 DJ Áki Pain                                                                                          Q-Bar
                                                                                                                                                                            23:00 Karíus and Baktus.
                                                          monday april 13                                     friday april 17                                             Salurinn (Kópavogi)
                                                                                                                                                                            17:00 Melkorka Ólafsdóttir. The songs
                                                                                                                 B5                                                         of the young in Tíbrá. 2500ISK.
                                                             Dubliner                                              22:00 DJ Funky Fleivur - Funk - Pop -                  Sódóma Reykjavík
                                                               22:30 Live Music                                    Hip Hop - Electro.                                       21:00 Deep Jimi and the Zepp Creams
                                                                                                                 Celtic Cross                                               will be performing new material.
                                                          tueSday april 14                                         01:00 Live Music.                                      Sólon
                                                                                                                                                                            23:00 Ground floor: DJ Party.
                                                                                                                 Dubliner
                                                             Dubliner                                                                                                       Upstairs: DJ Áki Pain.
                                                                                                                   22:30 Live Music.



                                                          Art | Venue finder
                                                          101 Gallery                Gallery Dwarf hosts      Wed–Sat 12–17               Hitt Húsið                  The National Gallery       Reykjavík Art
                                                          Hverfisgata 18A | F6       exhibitions which        www.galleriagust.is          – Gallery Tukt             of Iceland                 Museum
                                                          Thu–Sat 14–17 and by       speak straight to the    Gallerí Ágúst is a          Pósthússtræti 3-5           Fríkirkjuvegur 7 | E8      Open daily 10–16
                                                          appointment                hearts of the “cute”     contemporary art            | E6                        Tue–Sun 11–17              www.listasafnreykja-
                                                          www.101hotel.              generation.              gallery in the centre       www.hitthusid.is            www.listasafn.is           vikur.is
                                                          is/101hotel/101gallery/    The Einar Jónsson        of Reykjavík. With an       Initially thought of        Houses the national        Ásmundur Sveinsson
                                                          Located in the 101         Museum                   ambitious programme         as a hobby centre to        art collection and is      Sculpture Museum
                                                          Hotel, features a          Eiriksgata | G9          of exhibitions, it also     keep the youth from         the centre of research     Sigtún
                                                          broad selection of         Tue–Sun 14–17            presents and sells art-     drinking, Hitt húsið is     and documentation of       Hafnarhús
                                                          international and local    www.skulptur.is          work of Icelandic and       still operational and       Icelandic art.             Tryggvagata 17 | E5
                                                          contemporary art.          Features a permanent     international artists.      organises events as                                    Kjarvalsstaðir
                                                                                                                                                                      The National
                                                          Artótek                    exhibition on the        Gallery Fold                well as hosting art         Museum                     Flókagata | K11
                                                          Tryggvagata 15 | D5        sculptor Einar Jónsson   Rauðarástígur 14-16         exhibitions in their Gal-   Suðurgata 41 | C9          Specialising in
                                                          Mon 10–21, Tue–Thu         as well as temporary     | J9                        lery – Gallery Tukt.        Open daily 10–17           contemporary art by
                                                          10–19, Fri 11–19, Sat      exhibits.                Mon–Fri 10–18 / Sat         i8 Gallery                  natmus.is/                 local and international
                                                          and Sun 13–17                                       11–16 / Sun 14–16           Klapparstígur 33 | G7       Established in 1863,       artists. Free entrance.
                                                                                     Fótógrafí
                                                          www.sim.is/Index/          Skólavörðustígur 4a      www.myndlist.is             Tue–Fri 11–17 / Sat         this museum features       Reykjavík City
                                                          Islenska/Artotek           | F7                     More of an art auction      13–17 and by appoint-       exhibits on Icelandic      Theatre
                                                          An Icelandic art           www.fotografi.is         than just a gallery, Fold   ment. www.i8.is             cultural heritage.         Listabraut 3
                                                          exhibition space and       Features photographic    also evaluates and          Represents work by an                                  Presenting Icelandic
                                                                                                                                                                      The Nordic House
                                                          art dealer. Pieces are     exhibitions by local     exhibits art.               eclectic mix of Icelan-                                music and dance
                                                                                                                                                                      Sturlugata 5 | C11
                                                          available for purchase     photographers.           Gallery Kling & Bang        dic and international       Tue–Sun 12–17              performances as well
                                                          or lease.                                           Hverfisgata 42 | G7         contemporary artists.       www.nordice.is/            as dramatic theatre,
                                                                                     Gallery 100°                                                                                                produces six new
                                                          ASÍ Art Museum             Bæjarháls 1              Thurs–Sun from 14–18        Living Art Museum           Explores and promotes
                                                          Freyugata 41 | G10                                  this.is/klingogbang/        Vatnsstígur 3 – G7          Scandinavian culture       shows each year.
                                                                                     www.or.is/Forsida/Gal-
                                                          Tue–Sun 13–17              lery100/                 Exhibits upcoming           Wed, Fri–Sun 13–17 /        with regular lectures,     Reykjavík Maritime
                                                          Run by the ASÍ labour      Open weekdays from       and established             Thu 13–22. www.nylo.is      films and exhibitions.     Museum
                                                                                                              contemporary artists                                                               Grandagarður 8 | C3
                                    www.xena.is
                                                          union, features mostly     08:30–16:00                                          A non-profit gallery        The Numismatic
                                                          contemporary Icelan-       An art museum run        as well as hosting          that organises 8–10                                    With a fishing trawler-
                                                                                                                                                                      Museum
                                                          dic art. Free entry.       by the Orkuveita         screenings, lectures        larger exhibitions every                               turned-exhibit space,
                                                                                                                                                                      Einholt 4 | K9
                                                                                     Reykjavíkur energy       and performances.           year as well as other                                  educates on the
                                                          Árbæjarsafn                                                                                                 Open Mon–Fri
                                                          Kistuhylur 4               corporation. Features    Gallery Turpentine          cultural events.            13:30–15:30.               maritime and fishing
                                                          An open-air museum         contemporary art by      Ingólfstræti 5 | F7         Lost Horse Gallery          Presents a cultural his-   traditions of Iceland.
                                                          featuring arts-and-        Icelandic and foreign    Tue–Fri 12–18 / Sat         Skólastræti 1 | F6          tory of Iceland through    Reykjavík Museum
                                                          crafts fairs and exhibi-   artists.                 11–16                       Weekends from 13–19         analysis of collected      of Photography
                                                          tions in the summer.       Gallery Auga fyrir       www.turpentine.is           and by appointment on       coins, medals and           Tryggvagata 16 | D5
                                                                                     Auga                     Houses a collection of      weekdays.                   books.                     Weekdays 12–19 /
                                                          The Culture House
                                                                                     Hverfisgata 35 | G7      Icelandic contempo-         Located in a renovated                                 Sat–Sun 13–17
                                                          Hverfisgata 15 | F6                                                                                         Reykjavík 871+/-2
                                                                                     Independently run        rary artwork as well        stable off Laugavegur,                                 www.ljosmyndasafn-
                                                          Open daily 11–17                                                                                            Aðalstræti 17 | D6
                                                                                     art museum featuring     as works from old           features work by local                                 reykjavikur.is
                                                          www.thjodmenning.is                                                                                         Open daily 10–17
                                                                                     Icelandic art.           Icelandic masters both      artists.                                               Features work by
                                                          A Museum of Icelandic                                                                                       Museum on the
                                                                                                              for display and sale.                                                              local and international
                                                          cultural history, with     Gallery StartArt                                     Hafnarborg                  founding of Reykjavík.
                                                          an ongoing exhibition                               Gerðuberg Cultural          Strandgötu 34,              Located in the oldest      photographers, as well
                                                                                     Laugavegur 12B | G7                                                                                         as an archive on the
                                                          of the original manu-      Tue–Sat 1–17             Centre                      Hafnarfjörður               house in the city. Tours
                                                          scripts of the sagas                                Gerðuberg 3-5               Hafnarborg is a mu-         in English on Mondays      history of photography.
                                                                                     www.startart.is
                                                          and eddas.                 Contemporary             Mon–Thu 11–17 / Wed         seum and venue in the       and Saturdays at 14.00     Sigurjón Ólafsson
                                                                                     Icelandic and foreign    11–21 / Thu–Fri 11–17       center of Hafnarfjörður.                               Museum
                                                          Dwarf Gallery                                                                                               Reykjavík Art Gallery

       Glæsibæ - tel: 553 7060                                                       art. Admission is free   / Sat–Sun 13–16             There are three exhibi-                                Laugarnestangi 70
                                                          Grundarstígur 21 | H8                                                                                       Skúlagata 28 | H6
                                                                                     and the gallery is run   www.gerduberg.is            tion galleries in the                                  Features a permanent
                                                          Opening Hours: Fri                                                                                          Tuesday through
                                                                                     without any govern-      Located in Breiðholt,       museum and there is                                    exhibition of sculptor
                                                          and Sat 18–20                                                                                               Sunday 14–18
                                                                                                              the Gerðuberg cultural      also a café gallery and                                Sigurjón Ólafsson’s
Álfheimum 74 - 104 Reykjavík
                                                          www.this.is/birta          ment funding.                                                                    The city’s public art
                                                                                                              centre hosts both exhi-     an entrance installa-                                  works.
                                                          An independently           Gallery Ágúst                                                                    gallery features works
                                                                                                              bitions and events.         tion space.
                                                          run basement Gallery,      Baldursgata 12 | F9                                                              by Icelandic artists.
21 | The Reykjavík Grapevine | Issue 4 2009
Listings
                                               Thorvaldsen                                   lowed by DJ Elli.

                Art                              23:00 DJ JR.                              Jacobsen
                                                                                             22:00 Club Red Square weekend
                                              Sunday april 19
       tranS-
                                                                                           NASA
                                                                                             23:00 Skítamórall- over 20’s.
                                                                                           Oliver

      aquania
                                               Dubliner
                                                                                             23:00 DJ Brynjar Már.
                                                 22:30 Live Music.
                                                                                           Prikið
                                               Prikið
                                                                                             22:00 DJ Gauti followed by DJ Danni
                                                 22:00 Hangover Cinema. Free popcorn
Artists of international fame gather at                                                      Deluxe.
                                                 with Shaft(the old one).
                                                                                           Q-Bar
the Blue Lagoon to create an extraor-          Rósenberg
                                                                                             23:00 DJ Yamaho
dinary dance instalment this April. The          22:00 The Drama company Hugleikur
                                                                                           Rósenberg
                                                 will be performing some short plays
event is one-time-only, so book a bus            accompanied by music
                                                                                             22:00 Tubilakar. Troubadours from the
ticket early to witness this masterpiece                                                     band Ljótu Hálfvitarnir.
                                                                                           Salurinn (Kópavogi)
of the Icelandic Dance Company, or            monday april 20                                17:00 Dalton Baldwin. Magic in Tíbrá.
you will be missing out on a potentially                                                     3900ISK.
life-changing event. The artists promise       Dubliner                                    Sódóma Reykjavík
to elevate the lagoon to another plane           22:30 Live Music.                           21:00 Hardcore night.
                                               Rósenberg                                   Sólon
of existence where nature, art and man                                                       23:00 Ground floor: DJ Party.
                                                 21:00 Dikta and Kuroi in concert.
unite. The infamous dancer Erna Ómars                                                        Upstairs: DJ Áki Pain.
                                                                                           Thorvaldsen
and notorious visual artist Gabríela
                                              tueSday april 21                               23:00 DJ Láki.
Friðriksdóttir, along with the springy
Damien Jalet, will perform whilst you
soak in the lagoon, and, believe me,
                                               Dubliner
                                                 22:30 Live Music.
                                                                                          Sunday april 26
they all have their exquisite figures in       Rósenberg
                                                                                           Prikið
common so you’re in for a treat. The             22:00 A mysterious duett.
                                                                                             22:00 Hangover Cinema with free
concept of the piece originates in the                                                       popcorn. Thursday will be shown
genesis of the lagoon, relating to the
                                              wedneSday april 22                           Q-Bar
                                                                                             23:00 Every Fancied DJ at Q-Bar- Open
dawn of vegetation on earth and the                                                          Deck Night with cheap beers all night.
                                               Dubliner
evolution of life. This also has music by                                                  Rósenberg
                                                 22:30 Live Music.
the almighty Ben Frost and Reykjavík!’s        Q Bar                                         22:00 The Haukur Laufey Jazz Trio.
Valdimar Jóhannsson,                             22:00 Pub Quiz Night and DJ Shaft.
                                               Rósenberg                                  monday april 27
                                                 21:00 Pop Mass. Famous pop songs
Where:                                           through the ages will be played fol-      Rósenberg
Blue Lagoon                                      lowed by a musical schedule with
                                                                                             22:00 Bands Siggster og pungarnir.
When:                                            historical relevance.
                                               Prikið
April 22                                         22.00 DJ Moonshine, large beer 490ISK    tueSday april 28
                                                 and shots for 350ISK.

          F-U-N!
                                               Sódóma Reykjavík                            Oliver
                                                 21:00 A release celebration with Eberg      22:00 Raggi Trubador (Live Karaoke).
                                                 and Dr. Gunni.                              Guests can sing songs accompanied by

     karamba                                  tHurSday april 23
                                                                                             Oliver’s troubador Raggi.
                                                                                           Q-Bar
                                                                                             22:00 Elín Ey and Myrra open stage.
In the month it’s been open for busi-                                                      Rósenberg
                                               B5
                                                                                             22:00 Bob Dylan night, Band Slow Train
ness, Karamba (run by the good people            22:00 DJ Jay Oh Hip Hop - Pop - Funk.
                                                                                             will be performing Dylan’s album Slow
behind cheapo Mexican restaurant               Café Paris
                                                 22:00 Cocktail Night.                       Train.
Santa Maria) has been carving out a                                                        Sólon
                                               Dubliner
niche as a comfortable place to partake                                                      18:00 Upstairs: Champion League Live
                                                 22:30 Live Music.
in some quality drinking; the decora-          English Pub
tions by resident Grapevine artist Lóa           22:00 Live Music.                        wedneSday april 29
and Hugleikur are inviting and the             Hressó
                                                 22:00 Troubadours Böddi and Dabbi.        Dubliner
music on offer is usually of the high-         Prikið
                                                                                             22:30 Live Music.
est calibre. In fact, Karamba has on             22:00 The first day of summer!. Guests
                                                                                           Rósenberg
occasion brought to mind the glorious            will be entertaining til 21:00 when DJ
                                                                                             22:00 Villi from the band 200.000 Nagl-
                                                 Kári starts.
abandon of golden-age Sirkús. The                                                            bítar will be performing a troubadour
                                               Q-Bar
atmosphere of the place is furthermore           22:00 DJ Benni B Ruff.                      session.
heightened by their practice of inviting       Rósenberg                                   Prikið
                                                 21:00 Jazz guitarist’s Bjössi Thors         22:00 Milknight with DJ Moonshine. A
local musicians and music enthusiasts                                                        large beer for 490ISK
                                                 release concert.
to serve as DJs – and this was most            Sódóma Reykjavík                            Q-Bar
certainly the case a couple of Satur-            21:00 Guitar legend Guðmundur Pé-           22:00 Pub Quiz Night.
                                                 tursson in concert with guests.           Sólon
day nights back, when Retro Stefson
                                                                                             18:00 Upstairs: Champion League Live
blasted us into oblivion. Gosh, we’re
                                              friday april 24
still recovering. We’d be hard pressed
                                                                                          tHurSday april 30
to finger what it was exactly about that
                                               B5
DJ set that made such a difference. Was          22:00 DJ Simon Gorillafunk - Pop - Hip    B5
it the Lil’ Wayne tunes? The Dr. Dre?            Hop - R’n’B - Oldies.                       22:00 DJ Einar - Pop - Hip Hop - Funk -
                                               Bar 11                                        Electro.
The Angolese techno? The complete
                                                 00:00 DJ Gulli.                           Dubliner
and utter lack of musical discrimination
                                               Celtic Cross                                  22:30 Live Music.
on offer? Refreshing tribal beats and                                                      English Pub
                                                 01:00 Live Music.
general joyousness? The fact that being        Dubliner                                      22:00 Live Music.
fun will always beat being cool? Or                                                        Háskólabíó
                                                 22:30 Live Music.
                                                                                             19:30 The Icelandic Symphony Orches-
maybe it’s the decorations and general         English Pub
                                                                                             tra will be performing russian classics.
atmosphere that Karamba has on offer?            22:00 Live Music.
                                                                                             3500ISK.
                                               Háskólabíó
                                                                                           Hressó
                                                 19:030 The Icelandic Symphony
Where:                                                                                       22:00 Troubadours Jógvan and Vignir
                                                 Orchestra will be performing russian
Laugavegur 22,              4 G7                 classics. 3500ISK
                                                                                             play.
                                                                                           Prikið
101 Reykjavík                                  Hressó
                                                                                             22:00 Milknight with DJ Kári. A large
                                                 22:00 Band Menn ársins in concert
                                                                                             beer for 490ISK
                                                 followed by DJ Maggi.
                                                                                           Rósenberg

           Music                               Jacobsen
                                                 22:00 Club Red Square weekend.
                                                                                             22:00 Fabúla release concert.
                                                                                           Q-Bar

         Hemmi
                                               Kaffibarinn                                   22:00 Ýr.
                                                 23:00 DJ CasaNova.                        Sólon
                                               Oliver                                        23:00 Ground floor: DJ playing R’n’B,

         & valdi                                 23:00 DJ Brynjar Már.
                                               Prikið
                                                 22:00 We start with Friskó and then DJ
                                                                                             Old School.
                                                                                             Upstairs: Ingó Idol with green thursday
                                                                                             session.
                                                 Benni B Ruff.
On Monday 6.april the Oki Doki group
                                               Q-Bar
will be kicking off their first of a string      23:00 Anna Rakel and Hjalti DJ’s.        friday may 1
of gigs with an acoustic night at the          Rósenberg
quaint Nýlenduvöruverzlun Hemma                  22:00 Krumma Fótur, Gypsy jazz.           Dubliner
                                               Sólon
& Valda. Featuring the talents of Loji,                                                      22:30 Live Music.
                                                 23:00 DJ Áki Pain.                        English Pub
Doddi, Jóhann Kristinsson and Artery           Thorvaldsen                                   22:00 Live Music.
Music, this acoustic night promises to           23:00 DJ Hlynur.                          Hressó
be an event not to be missed. The music                                                      22:00 Band Dalton in concert followed
will start flowing at about 20:00. Admis-     Saturday april 25                              by DJ Maggi.
                                                                                           Oliver
sion is free, but some merch will be on                                                      22:00 DJ Brynjar Már.
                                               B5
sale so its great opportunity to get a                                                     Nasa
                                                 22:00 DJ Jay Oh Hip Hop - Pop - Funk.
taste of good Icelandic alternative folk if                                                  22:00 Eivør Pálsdóttir with band in
                                               Celtic Cross                                  concert. 2500ISK.
that’s your cup of tea. More info about          01:00 Live Music.                         Rósenberg
Oki Doki and the artist’s music may be         Dubliner                                      22:00 Halli Reynis troubadour.
found at okidoki.is.                             22:30 Live Music.                         Sólon
                                               English Pub                                   23:00 DJ Áki Pain.
Where:                                           22:00 Live Music.                         Thorvaldsen
Laugavegur 21,               3 G7              Hressó
                                                 22:00 Band Napoleon in concert fol-
                                                                                             23:00 DJ Hlynur.

101 Reykjavík
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                                                                                                                                                   Listings

                                         RING OF SEASONS.                                    SURTSEY - AN ECOSYSTEM FORMED                         Saturday may 2                                        is known for her powerful works that
                                                                                                                                                                                                         interpret Icelandic nature in an original
                                 ICELAND: - IT’S CULTURE                              Dr. Sturla Fridrikson describes the birth of the island in                                                         way. This exhibition
                                                                                                                                                     Dubliner                                            will be displaying paintings, photo-
                                                AND HISTORY                                   1963 and how in itself it became an interesting                                                            graphs, videos and massive installa-
                                                                                                                                                       22:30 Live Music.
                                     Terry G. Lacy brings both the                      geological phenomenon and a biological laboratory,           English Pub                                         tions dealing with the ever shifting
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Icelandic nature.
                               perspective of an outsider and the                           where scientists could investigate how organisms           22:00 Live Music.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      i8 Gallery
                                                                                        disperse across the ocean to remote islands and how          Hressó
                             familiar eye of a long-term resident                                                                                                                                        Mar 27 - May 09. Limboland: An exhibi-
                                                                                                                                                       22:00 Troubadours Gotti and Eisi play             tion by Icelandic artist Ólafur Elíasson.
                               to this delightful exploration of all               plants and animals colonize completely barren areas such            followed by DJ Maggi.                          Living Art Museum
                              facets of Iceland, past and present.                      as Surtsey. Available in English, French and German          Laugardalshöllin                                    Mar 5- Show and See Series. Further
                            She conveys her story with a skillful                                                    Surtsey was inscribed on          16:00 Rúnar Júlíusson tribute concert.            info at Nylo.is
                                                                                                                                                       5900ISK.                                       Lost Horse Gallery
 interlacing of history, religion, politics, and culture to paint a                                    UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2008.         Rósenberg                                           Presents: A Wild Night. Come back
                  vivid picture of the way Icelanders live today.                                                                                      22:00 Joanne Kearney and her band in              to an era when jazz raged and gin
                                                                                                           11 YEARS - A DECADE OF                      concert.                                          flowed(illegaly) and charleston
 „This fascinating book is a must for anyone who is interested                                                                                                                                           crazy flappers danced the night away
                                                                                                                CONTEMPORARY ART                     Salurinn (Kópavogi)
                                                                                                                                                                                                         behind locked doors. Have a seat at
                                    in Iceland.“ - Dick Ringler                     A selection from Iceland’s leading modern art gallery i8,
                                                                                                                                                       17:00 Natalia Gutman. Magic in Tíbrá.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         our candlelit tables and enjoy popular
                                                                                                                                                       3900ISK.
                                                                                         drawn from it’s archives in order to paint a coherent                                                           standards of the 1920’s by Iriving Bell,
                                                                                                                                                     Sólon
  „This is an excellent encyclopedia of Iceland's folklore, fact,                                                                                                                                        Hoagy Carmichael, Fats Waller, The
                                                                                   picture of the body of works exhibited over the years. The          23:00 Ground floor: DJ Party.                     Gershwins, Rodgers & Hart and Ham-
 science, history, anecdote, written in clear and lively prose.“                                                                                       Upstairs: DJ Áki Pain.
                                                                                   selection clearly portrays the pioneering work that i8 has                                                            merstein and Kern.
                                                      - Bill Holm                                                                                    Thorvaldsen                                      The National Gallery of Iceland
                                                                                                                     done in the past decade.          23:00 DJ Mokki.                                   Feb 13 - May 5
                                                                                                                                                                                                         SEVERAL FRIENDS: The exhibition

U N I V E R S I T Y                                      O F           I C E L A N D                P R E S S                                      Sunday may 3                                          sheds light on the period in Icelandic
                                                                                                                                                                                                         art when formalism, confronted by
                                                                                                                                                                                                         informal values, retreated and other at-
haskolautgafan.hi.is – hu@hi.is – tel. 525 4003                                                                                                      Dubliner                                            titudes started to invade the art scene
                                                                                                                                                       22:30 Live Music.                                 in the second half of the 20th century.
                                                                                                                                                     Salurinn (Kópavogi)                              The National Museum
                                                                                                                                                       20:30 Af fingrum fram. Valgeir Guðjóns-           Permanent exhibition:
                                                                                                                                                                                                         The Making of a Nation-Heritage and
                                                                                                                                                       son in concert. 2900ISK.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         History in Iceland is intended to provide
                                                                                                                                                                                                         insight into the history of the Icelandic
                                                                                                                                                   friday may 4                                          nation from the Settlement to the pres-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         ent day.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Jan 31 - Nov 30. Encounters. Archaeo-
                                                                                                                                                     Celtic Cross                                        logical excavations at many locations
                                                                                                                                                       01:00 Live Music.                                 around Iceland have been funded by
                                                                                                                                                     Dubliner                                            Kristnihátíðarsjóður (the Millenium
                                                                                                                                                       22:30 Live Music.                                 Fund). Finds from some
                                                                                                                                                     English Pub                                         of these excavations are on display in
                                                                                                                                                                                                         an exhibition suitable for the whole
                                                                                                                                                       22:00 Live Music.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         family.
                                                                                                                                                     Rósenberg
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sep 6 - Feb 25.Child Labour or Training
                                                                                                                                                       22:00 The Reykjavík Bluescompany and              for Life? Photographs of young children
                                                                                                                                                       Dóri Braga in concert.                            at work, on land or at sea, during the
                                                                                                                                                                                                         period 1930-50. From the National

                                                                                                                                                   Art
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Museum’s Collection of Photographs
                                                                                                                                                                                                         and Prints.
                                                                                                                                                     ASÍ Art Museum                                   The Nordic House
                                                                                                                                                       April 04 - April 26                               Mar 19 - Apr 5. The Nordic Fashion
                                                                                                                                                       Bjargey Ólafsdóttir - Running of to               Biennale - Focusing on Fashion and
                                                                                                                                                       South America: New drawings by                    Jewellery from West-Nordic Nations:
                                                                                                                                                       Bjargey will be on Display.                       Faroe Isalnds, Greenland and Iceland.
                                                                                                                                                       Keiko Kurita - Tree/sleep.                     The Numismatic Museum
                                                                                                                                                     The Culture House                                   Permanent exhibition: The Central Bank
                                                                                                                                                       Permanent exhibitions:                            of Iceland and the National Museum
                                                                                                                                                       Medieval Manuscripts;                             of Iceland jointly operate a numismatic
                                                                                                                                                       The Library Room.                                 collection consisting of Icelandic notes
                                                                                                                                                       Current exhibitions:                              and coins.
                                                                                                                                                       Surtsey – Genesis                              Reykjavík 871 +/- 2
                                                                                                                                                       The exhibition traces the emergence               Permanent exhibition:
                                                                                                                                                       and evolution of the island Surtsey               The Settlement Exhibition
                                                                                                                                                       until the present day and predicts its         Reykjavík Art Gallery
                                                                                                                                                       geographical and ecological develop-              March 27 - April 19
                                                                                                                                                       ment over the next 120 years.                     In celebration of Páll Guðmundsson’s
                                                                                                                                                       The Late View – Halldór Laxness’ Photo-           50th birthday Reykjavík Art Gallery will
                                                                                                                                                       graphs                                            be displaying paintings, textiles, draw-
                                                                                                                                                       Nobel Laureate and cosmopolitan                   ings and sculptures from his catalouge.
                                                                                                                                                       Halldór Laxness was better known for           Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Mu-
                                                                                                                                                       his writing but also proved to be a good          seum

 Elegant surroundings                                                                                                                                  photographer. This is an exhibition of
                                                                                                                                                       his works.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Permanent Exhibition. The Shape of
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Line. A new retrospective of works by
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Ásmundur Sveinsson. The exhibition
 Superb cuisine
                                                                                                                                                       Exhibition Series: Weird and Wonderful
                                                                                                                                                       Beasts from Icelandic Folklore by Jón             focuses on abstract works from 1945
                                                                                                                                                       Baldur Hlíðberg is an exhibition of illus-        onwards.

 Modern comfort                                                                         Preserving quality
                                                                                                                                                       trations from his book on the magical
                                                                                                                                                       creatures of Icelandic folklore.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reykjavík Art Museum
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Hafnarhús
                                                                                                                                                     The Einar Jónsson Museum                            Feb 05 - May 10. SHADOW BOY – THE
                                                                                          is our business                                              Permanent exhibition:                             WORLD OF ALFRED FLÓKI.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Jan 5- May 17. Erró - Point to the east,
                                                                                                                                                       The work of sculptor Einar Jónsson.
                                                                                      Open daily for lunch and dinners                               Gallery Ágúst                                       point to the west
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Jan 17 -May 17. The Erró Game- an-
                                                                                                                                                       March 21- April 02 (2009)
                                                                                         Special offer on Monday                                        Málverkasýning/Paintings: Gallery                 interactive exhibtion, kids can recon-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         struct paintings by Erró.
                                                                                       and Tuesday – 3 course dinner                                   Ágúst will be dislpaying works by
                                                                                                                                                       young and prominent artists Magnús                March 19 - May 17. Parallax - Elín
                                                                                            for only 4200 ISK.                                         Helgason and Marta María Jónsdóttir.              Hansdóttir. The artist tries to erase the
                                                                                                                                                       The exhibition consists paintings and             line between personal space and public
                                                                                                                                                                                                         space.
                                                                                           Reservation: tel. 552 5700,                                 drawings.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reykjavík Art Museum
                                                                                                                                                     Gallery Kling & Bang
                                                                                            e-mail: gallery@holt.is                                    Feb 07 – Mar 08                                   Kjarvalsstaðir
                                                                                                                                                       Opið, til eru hræ: The exhbition is               Jan 10 - Apr 13. Kjarval Complete: A
                                                                                                                                                       basically a workshop by artists Eva               saloon style exhibtion displaying the
                                                                                                                                                       Signý Berger, Katrín I. Jónsdóttir, Rakel         whole collection of Icelands most
                                                                                                                                                       MacMahon and Una Björk Sigurðardót-               beloved painter Kjarval
                                                                                                                                                       tir. The artists                                  Jan 24 – Apr 13. The Art of Chess:
                                                                                            Bergstaðastræti 37 s. 552 5700                             will be working on their material over            Fifteen unique chess sets and boards
                                                                                              holt@holt.is www.holt.is                                 the period of time given and than                 made by internationally renowned
                                                                                                                                                       showing the results at the end                    artsits. each chess set has its own
                                                                                                                                                     Gallery StartArt                                    concept reflecting
                                                                                                                                                       April 04- May 09                                  artists’ vivid imagination. Artist includ-
                                                                                                                                                       6 Artists will be showing at Start Art.           ing Damien Hirst, Maurizio Cattelan,
                                                                                                                                                       Lene Boel, Joseph Henry Ritter, Dagrún            the Chapman brothers, and Rachel
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Whiteread exhibit.


                                                                       Kvikmyndaveislan
                                                                                                                                                       Matthíasdóttir, Sigurlín M. Grétarsdótt-
                                                                                                                                                       tir, Margrét Jónsdóttir painter and Rag-          Jan 24 – Apr 13. Creative Move: An on
                                                                                                                                                       nheiður Ragnarsdóttir. The exhibitions            going workshop for the whole family
                                                                                                                                                       will consist of video installations, 3-D          where they can create chess sets out of
                                                                                                                                                       works, photographs, paintings, mixed              unusual materials.



                                                                         hefst í apríl !
                                                                                                                                                       technique and papier maché                     Reykjavík Maritime Museum
                                                                                                                                                     Gallery Turpentine                                  Current Exhibitions: Living Museum
                                                                                                                                                       April 1 - May 04                                  by the Sea; Arterial for Country and
                                                                                                                                                       Gallery Turpentine will be displaying             City; From Poverty to Abundance; The
                                                                                                                                                       and selling works by mixed artists                Shark – Light and Life Energy; Hidden
                                                                       Tvær af bestu evrópsku kvikmyndum ársins                                      Gerðuberg Cultural Centre                           Craftsman.
                                                                                                                                                       Mar 06 – Apr 19                                The Reykjavík Museum of Photography
Let the Right One In                                                                                                                                   Boginn gallery: The Land in colour.               Jan 17 - May 10. Tíra: The art of Bjargey
                                                                                                                                                       Popular artist Guðráður Jóhannsson                Ólafsdóttir.
                  Wasington Post                                                                                                                       exhibition of landscape paintings.             101 Projects
                  Ebert                                                                                                                                March 21 - May 24                                 Feb 28 - April 05. Exhibition by artist,
                                                                                                                                                       The Dark Truth: A photo exhibition of             Susan Hiller (US)
                  Rolling Stone                                                                                                                        the reportage “The Dark Truth: Coal
Ein af þremur bestu skandinavísku myndum                                                                                                               Miners of China” exposes some of the         outSide reykjavík
                                                                                                                                                       working conditions in the world largest
allra tíma samkvæmt IMDB.                                                                                                                              coal industry
                                                                                                                                                                                                    For more information about art outside
                                                                                                                                                     Gljúfrasteinn Laxness Museum
The Baader Meinhof Complex                                                                                                                             Gljúfrasteinn was the home and work-         Reykjavík visit grapevine.is
                                                                                                                                                       place of Halldór Laxness (winner of the
                  Empire                                                                                                                               Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955) and
                  Sky                                                                                                                                  his family for more than half a century.
                                                                                                                                                       It has now been opened to the public
Tilnefnd til óskarsverðlauna.                                                                                                                          as a museum, unchanged from when
Sterk mynd um hættulegasta                                                                                                                             Laxness lived there.
                                                                                                                                                     Hafnarborg
hryðjuverkahóp Evrópu.                                                                                                                                 Exhibition: Veðurskrift (Weather
                                                                                                                                                       Writing) - Guðrún Kristján. Guðrún
23 | The Reykjavík Grapevine | Issue 4 2009
Listings

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                                                              A great source for all        Offers an amazing array

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                                                              second floor.
                                                                                            of colourful designer wear
                                                                                            as well as contemporary
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 12 Tónar                       Einvera                       Kisan                         Nexus
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 A record label as well as      A cosy little shop with       An interesting mix of items   The biggest comic book
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 Icelandic music on CDs or      hand-picked second hand       you won’t find anywhere       Reykjavík has something
 live on Fridays at 5 PM.       clothing for girls who like   else.                         for everyone.
                                to dress differently. Also
 66°¨North                                                                                  Rokk og Rósir
                                available is the Icelandic
 Bankastræti 5 | F6                                           Kisuberjatréð                 Laugavegur 17 | G7
                                designer label Kalda.
 One of the most recog-                                       Vesturgata 4 | D5             Second-hand clothing for
 nised icelandic products       Friða Frænka                  A lovely gallery/gift shop    the fairer sex at a reason-
 66gráður North provides        Vesturgata 3 | D5             run by ten artists and        able price.
 world class arctic clothing.   A real treasure chest of      designers where they sell
                                antique furniture and         their products.               Skarthúsið
 Aftur                                                                                      Laugavegur 12 | F7
                                vintage accoutrements to
 Laugavegur 23 | G7                                           Kolaportið                    Glittery accessory shop
                                perk up your apartment.
 Aftur’s internationally                                      Tryggvagata 19 | E5           stuffed with cheap jewel-
 acclaimed label is proudly     G-Star Raw                    Open on weekends, you         lery, bags or other small
 displayed here in their        Laugavegur 86 | I8            can get a bargain on          items.
 shop/studio.                   A store for the Dutch         almost anything at this
                                jeans brand, an edgy          indoor flea market.           Skífan
 Belleville                                                                                 Laugavegur 26 | G7
                                collection with innovative
 Laugavegur 25 | G7                                           Kraum                         Selection of CDs, DVDs
                                details and washes.
 Stuffed with trendy                                          Aðalstræti 10 | D6            and computer games as
 streetwear designs as well     Galleri Sautján               Featuring the best in         well as some Icelandic
 as funky magazines and         Laugavegur 91 | I8



                                                                                                                                                           Whale Watching
                                                              contemporary Icelandic        films with English subtitles.
 media.                         Stocking many hip labels,     design of everyday items
                                a unisex store offering       of any kind.                  Spúútnik
 Blue Lagoon Store                                                                          Laugavegur 32 | G7
                                casual business wear to
 Laugavegur 15 | G7                                                                         One of the best second-
                                evening dress wear.
 All the natural skincare                                     Kronkron                      hand shops in the country,
 products from the famous       Gilbert


                                                                                                                                                                              from Reykjavík
                                                              Laugavegi 63B | I8            with recycled clothes at a
 geothermal spa at their        Laugavegur 62 | H8            This hip new shop stocks      range of prices.
 outlet here.                   Watchmaker Gilbert            the latest trends in
                                Guðjónsson has sold           everything from socks to      Systur
 Brim                                                                                       Laugavegur 70 | H7
                                watches and clocks on         sweaters.
 Laugurvegur 71 | H7                                                                        For whatever women’s
                                Laugavegur for over 40
 Big surf wear, skate wear,
 and snowboard shop.
                                years. Recently, Gilbert      KVK                           lingerie needs you might                                                          Take part in an adventure at sea
                                designed his own line of      Laugavegur 27 | G7            have, this is the store to
 Börn Náttúrunnar               wristwatches.                 Small yet stuffed designer    satisfy them.                                                                     with an unforgettable trip into the
 Skólavörðustígur 17a
 | G8
                                Glamúr
                                                              shop KVK, which stocks
                                                              a nice selection of local     Trilogia                                                                          world of whales and sea birds.
                                Laugavegur 41 | H7                                          Laugavegur 7 | F7
 The basement children’s
 toy store sells clothes and
                                A flashy vintage clothing
                                                              designs.
                                                                                            A collection of trendy                                                            Conveniently located in Reykjavík’s
                                shop with everything from     Marimekko                     designer wear fills the
 toys only made of organic
 products as well as books
                                necklaces to fur coats to     Laugavegur 56 | H8            shop, summery dresses,                                                            Old harbour, a three hour tour can
                                kimonos.                      Finnish designer brand        sweaters and skirts.
 about childcare and                                          Marimekko has found its                                                                                         bring you up close to whales in
 parenthood.                    Green Apple                                                 The Viking
 Cintamani
                                Laugavegur 20 | G7
                                                              spot on Laugavegur. The
                                                              Marimekko concept store       Hafnarstræti 3 | E5                                                               their natural habitat.
                                The tiny shop combines        stocks a wide selection       This large tourist shop
 Laugavegur 11 | F7                                                                         sells all sorts of smart
                                massage and other             of the colourfully printed
 Featuring quality Icelandic
 outdoor gear, you can
                                relaxation products with
                                organic products.
                                                              designer products.            souvenirs to bring back
                                                                                            home.                                                                                   Free entry to the Information
 even book an excursion
 on the spot.                   Gyllti Kötturinn
                                                              Mál og Menning
                                                              Laugavegur 18 | G7            Þorsteinn Bergmann                                                                         Centre for our passengers.
                                Austurstræti 8 | E6           A multi-level store with      Skólavörðustígur 36 | G8
 Dead                                                                                       Since the 1940s this small
                                One of a few second hand      games, books, souvenirs
 Laugavegur 29 | G7                                                                         store has offered a huge
                                shops that have popped        and a bustling café on the
                                                                                                                                                                                        Call us on 5553565
 Artist Jón Sæmundur                                                                        selections of household
                                up in recent year, Gyllti     top floor.
 Auðarson’s own hand-                                                                       supplies for a laughable
                                Kötturinn also offers some
 printed Rock and Roll                                        Moods of Norway               low price.
                                pieces by locals.
                                                                                                                                                                                      or visit www.elding.is
 label, Dead, plus others.                                    Laugavegur 51 | H8
                                Handprjóna-                   The new clothing shop         Anatomie
 Dogma                                                                                      Skólavörðustígur | G8
                                sambandið                     on Laugavegur closes the
 Laugavegur 32 | H7                                                                         A great little shop with
                                Sklólavörðustígur 19A         gap between the clothes
 Dogma offers street                                                                        an excellent selection of
                                | G7                          you wear on Saturday for
 clothing with interesting                                                                  sportswear.
                                All sorts of hand knit        your night off and those
 prints. Hooded sweaters
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                                woollen clothing as well      you wear the following
 and T-shirts made by                                                                       Hanna Design Shop
                                as fine yarns and knitting    Sunday at church. From
 both Icelandic and foreign                                                                 Laugavegur 20B | G7
                                supplies.                     casual shirts and pants to
 designers can be found.                                                                    Hanna Design Shop
                                                              the eye-catching tux: they    provides elegantIce-landic
                                                              have it.                      design, made exclusively
                                                                                            out of Icelandic wool.




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24 | REYKJAVÍK GRAPEVINE | ISSUE 4—2009



CD REVIEWS                                                                     CONCERT REVIEW By Þórir GEOrG JóNSSON — PHOTO By VALDÍS THOr

                                       THE VERDICT
                                       Picks up right where we
                                       left off on the last album,
                                       so no real surprises, but
                                       that’s pretty much what
                                       everyone wanted, right?
                                       lISTEN
                                       www.myspace.com/
                                       singaporesling




SINGAPORE SLING
Perversity, Desperation & Death

rEViEwED By SiNDri ELDON


After the swaggering binge that was Life Is Killing My Rock & Roll and
the crisp urgency of Taste The Blood, PD&D is as confident, laid-back
and self-assured as Singapore Sling have ever been, and continues to
cement their reputation as one of the most robust, colourful and, above
all, sonically interesting Icelandic rock bands. It’s one of those great
albums that, although it lacks a distinct hit or a specifically memora-
ble song, it makes a powerful, consistent whole. It really is a win-win
situation: if you hate the Sling, then you’ll just continue hating them
for PD&D, and if you love the Sling, then you’ll continue loving them
for it. The weird, vacuous sounds of Singapore Sling’s post-apocalyptic
road trip, fuelled by a full tank of acid and cocaine, continue to thrill      This is some serious emoTing righT There.
us as we stare empty-eyed into the headlight-lit night and barrel on to
nowhere in particular.

                                                                               The waiting game
                                       THE VERDICT                             Punk, funk and distortion pedals
                                       Groovy, but it’s a bit too
                                       slow to party to and a bit
                                       too vacant to immerse
                                       in, plus Dirty Mutha is
                                       obviously ripped off of the             Having been born with the curse of punctuality, I       is a great band. And they delivered a hell of a set.        WHAT
                                       SLUGS song MTHRFCKR.                    entered Nýlenduvöruverslun Hemma og Valda at            Heavy, loud and powerful they switched between              Grapevine Grassroots
                                       lISTEN                                  21:00, only to be informed that the concert would       aggressive rock in the vein of Shellac to a spastic         number 2
                                       www.myspace.com/                        not start for at least another 45 minutes because of    funk fusion that would have made the Minutemen
                                       steedlord                               a show going on next door where they were using         proud. They promised a summer release for their             WHO
                                                                               some of the equipment needed for the night’s gig.       album that will doubtlessly be one of the year’s            Me, the Slumbering
                                                                               So I walked over to Kaffi Hljómalind to check out       best.                                                       Napoleon
STEED LORD                                                                     the bands and kill some time.                                 What came next was certainly not as pleas-            Skelkur í Bringu
Truth Serum                                                                         When I arrived, youngsters Muck were finish-       ant. Kid Twist are good. And their drone rock is            Kid Twist
                                                                               ing off their set of metallic hardcore with a wall of   as good as anyone’s, but taking an hour to set up
                                                                               noise. They've just released their first album “Vul-    is never a smart move. No matter how good you               WHERE
rEViEwED By SiNDri ELDON
                                                                               tures” and are definitely a band to watch. Then         are. It just means that when you finally get on stage       Hemmi & Valdi
                                                                               came a short set from Bárujárn who, without vo-         people will have either left or are getting very im-
“Temptation is a bitch / Get on your knees and suck my dick, girl”             cals because of a bad P.A., and without Theremin,       patient. The latter being the case for me. And to           WHEN
...indeed. Steed Lord’s brilliantly named 15-track opus is mostly just         because of a broken Theremin, weren't really all        make matters somewhat worse, they suffered from             Friday, March 20th
silly, but the attempts to infuse the silliness with integrity and ingenuity   that great—which is a shame because when on             some sound problems as well. I've seen Kid Twist
make the 65 minutes worth it... sort of. There is real innovation here;        form they really are a good band.                       play excellent shows. Too bad this wasn't one of
It’s What U Do 2 Me’s flaunted vocoders and Thirst To Burst’s phasing               After Bárujárn's set, I walked back over to        them.
eighties synth showcase a vitality to Steed Lord that easily outshines         Nýlenduvöruverslun Hemma og Valda just in time                After the wait for Kid Twist, I had done my fair
their techno contemporaries; but in the end, it’s just so much fluff. The      to see Me, the slumbering Napoleon set up. They         share of standing around. So I left Nýlenduvöru-
vocal effects and movie samples can’t quite disguise the fact that Steed       are very often referred to as promising due to their    verslunin before Skelkur í bringu got to the stage.
Lord’s bark is a lot harder than their bite, and their desire to be stylish    young age, both as people and as a band, but I          Their show is something I'll have to experience an-
and relevant a lot more powerful their drive than to write a good song,        really don't think that is a fair description. Very     other time.
which is kind of a shame; their song writing, in the moments it does           good doesn't even do them justice. What they are
poke through, is pretty good. The fact that they still manage to be more
interesting than the other bands of their scene just says more about
how useless their scene is.
                                                                                                                   THE VERDICT                                                                  THE VERDICT
                                                                                                                   Complex and totally wound                                                    Sinister, political hip-hop.
                                                                                                                   up jazz-rock, not for the faint
                                                                                                                   of heart.                                                                    lISTEN
                                       THE VERDICT                                                                                                                                              www.myspace.com/dalek
                                       The new Strokes, but                                                        lISTEN
                                       uglier, fewer, more stoned                                                  www.myspace.com/zuband
                                       and better endowed in the
                                       testicular area.

                                       lISTEN
                                       www.myspace.com/
                                       wavves                                  ZU                                                                        DäLEk
                                                                               Carboniferous                                                             Gutter Tactics

WAVVES                                                                         rEViEwED By FLOriAN ZüHLkE                                                rEViEwED By FLOriAN ZüHLkE

Wavves
                                                                               I guess ZU make it even harder to categorise their sound than la-         Since forming in 1997, Dälek has mixed traditional hip-hop with
                                                                               belmates Dälek. Being silhouetted from the classical rock outfit, Zu      drone and rock elements, gaining attention from audiences far be-
rEViEwED By SiNDri ELDON
                                                                               is a trio consisting of a drummer, a bass player and a saxophonist.       yond the genre’s usual borders. Since 2002, they have been signed to
                                                                               The free-jazz madness these three Italians make reminds me of the         Mike Patton's extravagant label IPECAC. Dälek did not change their
After a somewhat unnecessary intro begins the most shockingly direct           Dillinger Escape Plan – which is not that surprising if you remember      music very much for the new album. They still produce a sinister and
and vital American rock album in years. All playful drums, raw, chunky         band buddy and publisher Mike Patton sings one EP for the band –          unique hip-hop sound, in which massive beats and noisy sampling
distortion and flangey, sedated vocals, it blasts through its fourteen         or of fellow Italian jazz-metal band Ephel Duath (especially because      is dominating and led by MC Dälek's insisting and sharp rap. While
tracks with such simple, random energy that the whole album would              of the saxophone), but lacking the hectic spirit of both of those. Zu     not very musically surprising, “Gutter Tactics” is an intriguing record
seem almost improvised, were it not so powerfully propelled into its           are danceable and funky in their own strange way. “Carboniferous”         when its lyrics and political context are taken into consideration. The
own unique direction. Opener ‘Loser Year’ and the title track, ‘Wavves’        is less hard-hitting and more experimental, in part due to Mike Pat-      lyrics deal with racism and the ingenuity of the social phenomenon
are particularly endearing, almost anthemic in their simplicity, and eas-      ton’s trademark guest vocals, for example in the tune “Soulympics.”       called 'Obamania' in relation to persisting war and violence world-
ily two of the most put-together indie rock songs of the decade. The           Anyway, this is no easy stuff! But if you bring your patience and an      wide and the unbroken participation of the US. That is why this album
album admittedly slows towards the end, wallowing a bit too much in            interest in weird sounds, then you and the record ought to share some     is outstanding. “Gutter Tactics” brings hip-hop back to the civil rights
effect-fiddling and such foolery. But let’s not split hairs here: this album   nice hours together.                                                      movement, after it has been ruled by dull pimps and gangsters for
kicks brutal amounts of ass and you’d be a fool not to recognise that.                                                                                   too long.
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INTERVIEW By rAGNAr JóN HróLFSSON




Lost in Berlin
Composer Hildur Ingveldardóttir
Guðnadóttir is certainly one of the
most prominent Icelandic artists to
emerge in a long time. Raised in a
musical environment, she has been
writing and performing music since
the tender age of thirteen.
Her career is highlighted by successful collabora-
tions and has been on the rise ever since she first
laid hands on the cello. Since graduating from the
Berlin University of Arts, Hildur has gone on to play
with many famed artists; Pan Sonic, Nico Muhly,
Angel, Ben Frost and Jamie Lidell, to name a few.
     Her sophomore solo album, Without Sinking,
has already been ranked as one of the top albums
of 2009 by some publications. It was released by
Touch, one of the biggest labels for electronic
music. We called up Hildur to ask a few questions
about her album and her career and to glean some
info on the fabled Berlin kebab.

Has the cello always played a big part in your
compositions?
No, of course I first went through the phase of be-
ing in teenage rock and pop bands and that kind of      hiLDur shoWing oFF her PATenTeD CeLLo-Dress
stuff. But I think it was around the year 2000 that I
started writing primarily for the cello.                working on is mostly all written and performed           that attitude as of late. I am looking back a lot more       I am composing for the organ so there is a whole
                                                        by me, and then I'm trying to work a lot more in-        now, returning to stuff that I was working on before         new world of sound involved in the process, and I
When making or working with music, do you               ward trying to locate more personal experiences.         and looking at it from a different perspective.              have been getting more acquainted with the instru-
find that education matters?                                                                                                                                                  ment in the process. Elín Hansdóttir will have an
Both yes and no. When creating music, I feel            WITHOuT SINkINg                                          Since yours is a very experimental music, do                 installation accompanying this piece that I am very
education doesn't really matter except that when        Hildur’s latest LP was released in March and has         you feel that you’ve maybe reached a wider                   excited about. I think of music a lot of the time as
you’ve studied you learn a certain way of handling      already made a big critical splash. I asked Hildur       audience than you expected?                                  lights and shadows, and I feel that she shares my
it. When composing, I work a lot instinctively, but     to tell me a bit about the album. Recorded both in       That was the case with my first album, at least.             perspective with her art.
on the other hand when playing a string instrument      Iceland and Berlin, Hildur says the creative process     The cello is an instrument that people know very
like the cello I think it helps immensely to have the   was in retrospect a natural one, without any stress      well. Since it has the same sound spectrum as the            Will you be following up the album with a
experience of a classic education.                      or discomfort.                                           human voice, it gets very close to people, and of            tour?
                                                              “This is my second solo album and it’s a little    course the way the instrument resembles the hu-              With this kind of music the follow up process is dif-
You’ve worked with all kinds of sound instal-           bit different from the one before it because spent a     man form, people have a lot more to relate to than           ferent than with popular music for instance. You
lations, but also with music that is meant for          lot more time working on it. The oldest material on      with many other instruments used in experimental             don’t go out and tour clubs and live in buses for
commercial release. Do you think there is a             the record is probably about three years old.            music. And since the album is mostly based on the            a month. This kind of music doesn’t have the base
strong relationship between the two?                          Like the other album its fairly short, short       cello, people sometimes prefer to classify it as clas-       for that kind of touring. It’s a lot more playing in art
Well I see music – most of the time – as sound.         songs, and the cello plays the lead role. What is        sical music. That isn’t a very big deal for me, since I      events and that kind of setting. Of course there are
But of course, there is a great difference between      also different about this album is that I have a few     don’t really care what people want to call it. I have        a lot of concerts but you might say I won’t be living
sound installations and the music I release in al-      guest players on this one. Jóhann Jóhannsson,            been more affiliated with the experimental scene             out of a suitcase to promote this album.
bum form. When you make music for a certain             Skúli Sverrisson and Guðni Fransson, my father, all      and my working methods are more close to it, but
installation or performance, you work a lot more        contributed to the album.”                               since there is something in my music that people             Well to finish things of, where can I get the
with the space you are playing in. At those perfor-                                                              can relate to I think they’re a lot more open to it.         best kebab in Berlin ?
mances, I work a lot more with just the materials       How do you make your music? Is it a constant                                                                          Hah, this I have a very good answer to. It’s on Kol-
I have at that given time. So it’s more like a sound    process or do you work in intervals?                     Thus far you have worked with a wide range                   mutsrasse on the corner of Danzigerstrasse and
happening, where I channel certain emotions             It’s a bit different. I work very intensively, and I’m   of artists and people. Are there any interest-               there is a place called Zweistrum. They serve a
and experiences. But on the other hand, when            often more manic than not. Working on something          ing projects or collaborations on the horizon?               wicked kebab that I sincerely recommend.
I’m making music for publication, the process is        for fourteen hours straight and then putting it away     Right now, I am working on an organ piece for an
a lot more intimate. The solo stuff that I’ve been      used to be my M.O., but I have been reconsidering        arts festival in Riga, Latvia. This is the first time that
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DESTINATION By Jói kJArTANS & SiGGi EGGErTSSON — PHOTOS By Jói kJArTANS




The oWner oF This house ALLegeDLy groWs roses                                                                      hrísey's movie TheATer


                                                                                                                   have to go to for isolation when being imported           The townspeople are proud of their recently reno-


Ice-o-lation
                                                                                                                   to Iceland. After their three month stint they can        vated swimming pool, which is located on a hill
                                                                                                                   finally meet their impatient owners, all germ free,       with a great view over the rustling ocean. It also
                                                                                                                   pure and slightly insane (Iceland is notorious for        houses a brand new sports hall that has come to

Fighting Snow on a Desert Island                                                                                   its strict animal importing restrictions; for instance,
                                                                                                                   Icelandic horses who leave the country are never
                                                                                                                                                                             house the annual Þorrablót festivities, where the
                                                                                                                                                                             five locals get together and eat the most repulsive,
                                                                                                                   allowed to return. This is why you can find an an-        old, improperly stored but delicious food avail-
                                                                                                                   nual Icelandic Horse World Championship on Eu-            able.
                                                                                                                   rope's mainland, featuring only expat stallions).               In Hrísey, they’re used to driving around in
Hrísey is Iceland's second largest island. It's locat-     trying to get in or out of their houses. According to          Hrísey used to be the shark-fishing capital of     massive Massey-Ferguson tractors. During sum-
ed in Eyjafjörður, around 30 kilometres from the           Sigurður Högnason – a retired electrician and self-     the north, and the most notorious sharksman (that’s       mer, people can take an enlightening tour around
north’s capital, Akureyri. It used to be a prosperous      taught painter who lives in a small house called        a word) was Hákarla-Jörundur (“Shark-Jörundur”).          the island in a small carriage carried by such a ma-
fishing village with a lot of action all year round,       Njálshús – it hasn't snowed like this in the north      He begat eighteen children and built his first family     chine, narrated by an actor said to be living in the
but the small village lost its fishing "quota" to the      for over seven years. We ourselves had not seen so      mansion, Syðsti-Bær, out of Norwegian wood from           island.
nearby village of Dalvík a few years back, and now         much snow since viewing Ice Age and kind of felt        a brutally stranded ship out of Norway. Later he                Hrísey has only a single shop, aptly named
many of the houses are only in use during the sum-         like we were stuck in a winter wonderland. It was       built a bigger mansion out of more solid material         Verslun (“shop”), where you can only buy bare ne-
mer. This is exactly why us Grapeviners wanted to          good.                                                   than driftwood, but the old one now houses an in-         cessities, like bread, butter and toy guns. They also
visit the island during high winter and experience               Hrísey has been a home to many eccentric es-      teresting museum about the island's history and its       give away free coffee, which astounded us greatly.
its extremely isolating surroundings. The only way         tablishments throughout the years. It is the breed-     inhabitants. It's also the island's only museum. Un-      The Grapevine has been to Hrísey a couple of
to get to the island is to take the small but cosy ferry   ing ground for the Galloway-Bull, a very special        fortunately, we failed to see any sharks during our       times before, mostly during summer, when it could
Sævar from Árskógssandur. A return ticket will             breed of bull with an unusually big head, almost        stay, but we’re told we might get lucky next time.        easily be mistaken for the most wonderful island
put you back 1000 ISK and the sailing experience           similar to the North American buffalo. They are         And there will be a next time.                            in the world. But then again, we were astonished
alone is very well worth it. The ferry departs every       now also being bred on the opposite coast, in the              Hrísey is also the only place where the Ice-       that anyone could possibly take the hassle of liv-
two hours during winter and crosses the sea, even          Árskógssandur area. The island’s only restaurant/       landic ptarmigans (“rjúpa”), an extremely clumsy          ing in such isolation and darkness for the rest of
though no passengers are aboard.                           hotel is called Brekka. It's mostly open during the     looking, unflappable bird, is protected. Everywhere       the year. These two hundred (or five) people must
      Hrísey is often jokingly referred to as “Akurey-     summer and serves the most delicious Galloway           else those guys are hunted down and shot like clay        know something we don't. When we find out, you
ri’s Manhattan” by locals, since it couldn't be fur-       steak you'll ever get your teeth on. Not to be con-     pigeons, mostly due to their popularity as a main         will be the first to know.
ther from the truth. The population counts around          fused with the more famous Japanese Kobe steak,         Christmas dish. It's therefore an extremely amusing
two hundred, of which we met only five during our          whose bulls are fed beer and massaged to death,         sight to witness a group of dozen ptarmigans walk          Trip provided by: Air Iceland
short stop. This number must therefore be fixed.           the Galloways are more used to fighting snow-           around oblivious in the middle of the street, like         www.airiceland.is
The day before it had snowed cats and dogs and             storms and sharks, which gives their meat a distinct    football hooligans in Manchester or something.
the five villagers had been keeping themselves             flavour.                                                The law protects ‘em here, and they won’t be shot.
busy by battling the average two metres of snow,                 Hrísey is also the place all cats and dogs        That’s a nice thought.




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DESIgN By SiGUrðUr kJArTAN kriSTiNSSON — PHOTOS By Jói kJArTANS                                                      IlluSTRATION By HUGLEikUr DAGSSON


A Design For Life                                         pressed mixed feelings about the whole scenario.
                                                          Composer Ólafur Arnalds, one of Mundi’s follow-
                                                                                                                     Monsters and Mythical Beings
Grapevine gets
                                                          ers, found the deed magnificent and explained that
                                                          if Mundi’s designs were human, they’d definitely

lost in style
                                                          have the extra 21st chromosome, thus his choice of
                                                          model was not in any sense exploitative.

During the last few weeks, it has undoubtedly been
hard to ignore the various (and often minimal) de-
sign instalments scattered around town. Don’t get
me wrong though, to the untrained eye it might
just seem that Icelanders are a colourful and artsy
pack. But they aren’t. These design figments float-
ing around were apart of the several fashion hap-
penings going down during the last two weeks or
so. The festivals responsible for making some of
our lives seem a bit more dazzling were The Nordic
Fashion Biennale and DesignMarch, but they alone
cannot be held responsible, as several ‘off-venue’
events played a crucial role.




                                                                                                                                                                            Nábuxur
                                                                                                                                                                            These pants will keep you
                                                                                                                                                                            fat through any economic
                                                          "DAnCing WiTh ChLorine in my eyes"                                                                                recession!
                                                          THE OpENINg Of “THE OpENINg”
                                                          AND A CulTuRAl MECCA IN THE SWAMp
                                                          The dance company bearing the magnetizing
                                                          name “Spiral” premiered the piece “The Open-
                                                          ing” in downtown’s only swimming pool, Sundhöll
                                                          Reykjavíkur. Choreographer Andreas Constatanti-
                                                          nou depicted a world were nightmares and dreams
                                                          emerge, and his intentions were, amongst others,
                                                          to attack the spectator while in his most vulnerable
                                                                                                                     By HAUkUr S MAGNÚSSON
                                                          state. This he achieved through various strategies,
                                                          such as separating every guest from their compan-          This twelfth instalment in our Hugleikur Dagsson il-   possible.
                                                          ion, given that they had one, and, with no hope of         lustrated series of Iceland’s monsters and mythical          Once you put them on, the fleshy pants will
munDi's Design hAs An exTrA Chromosome                    a shoulder to cry on, he attacked. An anonymous            beings (or are they...?) uncovers a fashionable and    immediately graft onto your skin. To activate
                                                          member of the dance group described Constatan-             lucrative garment entitled nábuxur (also: “nábrók”     CORPSEPANT-POWER, you must then steal a coin
MINIATuRE COMMuNITIES                                     tinou as a somewhat deranged artist, but after a           and “finnabrækur”). For the record, nábuxur trans-     from a poor widow during Christmas, Easter or Pen-
One of these off-venue events was an exhibition           short pause she took it further: “well, not exactly        lates as: “corpsepants.” How cool is that?             tecost (and you must steal it between the time your
hosted by the Icelandic Academy of the Arts,              deranged, he’s a complete wacko to be honest, and                 Now, corpsepants don’t really classify as a     minister reads his sermon and the Gospel). Place
where architecture students had fabricated a mi-          really the most nitpicking diva I’ve ever worked           “monster” or “being,” as they do not have a mind of    that coin firmly in the aforementioned nutsack of
cro version of Hverfisgata and its surroundings.          with.”                                                     their own and cannot move around freely. They’re       your cool new pants and voila – you will never be
After having knocked back a few-too-many cups a                 At the Nordic House an infinite party was            more of a mythical tool or entity, if you will, one    short on spare change again!
coffee, and having read up on the phenomenon all-         operated under the name “The Nordic Fashion                that grants its owner great powers and serves a very         Yes, you read correctly. Given that you fol-
too-well, it felt like I was actually hoofing down the    Biennale,” and when there wasn’t champagne and             specific purpose: bringing home the bacon. And         lowed the above directions to a tee, your stolen coin
street itself. Well, not really, but it was rather awe-   fancy lectures up for grabs, there were a hip bands,       since “the bacon” is in high demand these days, we     will now generate an endless amount of fresh coins
some to see an area you know so well from a gi-           like Mammút or Agent Fresco, ravishing the crowd.          felt these awesome pants merited a mention.            in your pants’ nutsack. Whenever you need money,
ant’s perspective, and it must have taken those kids      All in all, the events that took place definitely lit up          To make your very own pair of corpsepants,      you can simply reach in and pull some out. Change
months to replicate the street so thoroughly. There       the bankrupt atmosphere currently prevailing in            you must simply make an arrangement with a friend      for a dollar? There you go. Vending machine soda,
was also a selection of other works by students           the streets of Reykjavík. And yeah, although I’m no        or acquaintance that entitles you to make use of his   anytime you like? No problem! However, be sure
from other departments, probably on par with the          David Fricke, and am maybe a little short on experi-       flesh after he’s dead (you might want to get that in   to not remove the original widow’s coin, as that’ll
architectural work, but fearing I would fall into an-     ence in these matters, I’d definitely rank this as the     writing). Make sure that your friend is of the male    break the spell and leave you penniless.
other trance, I fled the scene.                           hippest long weekend on the annual design-festival         variety, as the corpsepants’ magical powers reside           Though it’s unbelievable that anyone would
      Down at Hafnarhúsið, Mundi, the alleged             calendar.                                                  in the nutsack, which is exclusive to dudes. After     want to remove such an awesome pair of pants,
prodigy of Icelandic design, exhibited his newest                                                                    your friend passes away, you must venture at night     keep in mind that taking them off is no mean feat.
offerings. What struck the eye immediately were                                                                      to the graveyard (or wherever he’s buried), exhume     To go pants-free, you must convince a buddy to
those walking down the catwalk. Mundi had very                                                                       the corpse and flay it from the waist down, being      take them on, putting on one pants-leg as soon as
obviously deviated from the norm of having the                                                                       extra-careful not to puncture the skin anywhere.       you slide it off. He won’t be able to back out once
standard anorexic, apathetic models modelling his                                                                    There must be no holes on your corpsepants, save       he has taken the first step, either, so try and con-
designs, opting instead for individuals with Down                                                                    for the ones you stick your legs through. Anyway,      vince him or her while drunk, if you can.
syndrome to showcase his work. While taken as a                                                                      this should leave you with some leg-skin, which
novel gesture by the bulk of the crowd, some ex-                                                                     you must hoist over your own bare legs as soon as




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   Once you put them on, the
 fleshy pants will immediately
 graft onto your skin. To acti-
vate CORPSEPANT-POWER,
   you must then steal a coin
   from a poor widow during
      Christmas, Easter or
          Pentecost...
  This whole thing with the corpsepants
          is rather unpleasant.
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  Since it has the same sound
spectrum as the human voice,
   the cello gets very close to
 people, and of course the way
 the instrument resembles the
  human form, people have a
lot more to relate to than with
 many other instruments used
    in experimental music.
Hildur Guðnadóttir talks to Ragnar Hrólfs-
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