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YOUR FREE COPY THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO LIFE, TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT IN ICELAND Issue No 4 – April 3 - May 7 – 2009 + COMPLETE CITY LISTINGS - INSIDE! www.grapevine.is DROW TNING IN DEBason Explores lg r He Haukur Málonization The Re-Co ndic Nation Of The Icela + The Unbearable Hildurness Of Being Your Complete Guide To Iceland's Emergency Elections! Corpsepants! Opinions! Reviews! Advertising! 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. 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? 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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 m m m m 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 m m m W 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 m 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 m 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 m 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 m m 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 m 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 m 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 m m 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- m m m 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 m 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 m 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 W m 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. 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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- REYKJAVÍK GRAPEVINE | ISSUE 4—2009 | 9 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- 10 | REYKJAVÍK GRAPEVINE | ISSUE 4—2009 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! Quit wallowing in shame and do something. the prosperity period created and sustained. 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THE BIGGEST CLUB IN DOWNTOWN REYKJAVIK. LIVE MUSIC EVERY WEEKEND. WWW.NASA.IS 12 | REYKJAVÍK GRAPEVINE | ISSUE 4—2009 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. ÍSLENSK A SIA.IS LYF 45409 03/09 Hótel Ísafjörður l Ísafjö ð Hótel Í fjörður Hótel Ísafjörður SEARCH Silfurtorgi 2 - 400 Ísafirði Phone 456 4111 New já.is Fax 456 4767 www.hotelisafjordur.is Get vCard Print já - er svarið 118 ja.is Símaskráin 14 | The Reykjavík Grapevine | Issue 4 2009 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- Food & Drink | Venue finder 3 Frakkar menu of vegetarian – an absolute must and Domo grab a tasty bite for a shop in Iceland, Hlölla Baldursgata 14 | F9 and vegan dishes. In- worth the wait. Þingholtsstræti 5 | F7 reasonable price. Bátar has a large we bring the o to sush A seriously Icelandic dian theme on Fridays Brons The elegantly deco- Garðurinn selection of creatively atmosphere and tradi- a hit. Pósthússtræti 9 | E6 rated Domo serves Klappastigur 37 | G7 named sandwiches tional Icelandic dishes B5 Called a bistro, but delicious French-Asian “Ecstasy’s Heart” is with equally imagina- prepared in the good Bankastræti 5 | F6 more a restaurant cuisine, excellent sushi a simple, friendly, tive contents. Good for old-fashioned way. By day a chic little in quality, Brons is and has a great wine family-run vegetarian an adventurous bite. RSVP and keep your bistro with good food settled in the place of list. A sure choice. restaurant on Klap- Hornið ears pricked for wild and a prime loca- former popular Café Einar Ben parstígur. Offers an Hafnarstræti 15 | E6 whaling tales! tion for Laugavegur Kaffibrennslan. Brons Veltusundi | E6 ever-changing menu Since 1979, this Italian Aktu Taktu people watching–by focuses on Mediter- The restaurant Einar of specials and soup restaurant has been Skúlugata 15 | K8 night a stylish bar ranian cuisine and is Ben is named after du jours, alongside a a longtime Reykjavík This drive-in destina- with a “whiskey room” famous for serving one of Iceland’s na- basic menu staple. Famous for its tion in 101 Reykjavík and Manhattanesque dishes that are as tional heroes, the early Grái Kötturinn pizza and stuffed cal- is busy day and night clientele. large as they are deli- 20th century poet and Hverfisgata 16A | G7 zones, it proudly offers and the burgers are Basil & Lime cious. entrepreneur Einar Legendary for its early an affordable menu of especially tasty. The Benediktsson, who high-quality dishes. Osushi Lækjargata 2a Og Borgartún 29 I Sími : 561 0562 caramel shakes are a Klapparstíg 38 | G7 Basil & Lime located Café Cultura Hverfisgata 18 | G6 once lived in the house opening ours, the Gray Cat serves amazing Hótel Holt local favorite. at Klapparstígur 38 Cultura is a café/bar where the restaurant is breakfasts and coffee Bergstaðarstræti 37 American Style serves authentic Ital- with a party feel. The now located. In many that packs a wallop. A | F7 Tryggvagata 26 | E5 ian cuisine and dishes. menu features all sorts ways, the restaurant splendid way to start Housing Iceland´s 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, tions coupled with the Grillhúsið can settle into a booth site Tiramisu dessert salad and sandwich. Tryggvagata 20 | an evening here is an and eat for hours. Big make this one of the house and the person unforgettable experi- Café Loki who lived there. E5/E6 portions for authentic best italian restaurants Lokastígur 28 | G9 With a menu of rea- ence. Delicious French- American dining. in Reykjavík. With a splendid view Eldsmiðjan sonably priced home- inspired cuisine and Argentína Steak- Babalú of Hallgrímskirkja, Café Bragagata 38A | G9 style food, Grillhúsið fine wines await. house Skólavörðustígur 22A Loki is the perfect Totally satisfying has satiated hungry Humarshúsið Barónstígur | I8 | G8 place to take a load oven-baked pizza regulars since 1994 Ammtmanstígur 1 True to its name with It’s tough to miss café off your feet and enjoy with a wide choice of with juicy burgers, | E7 tender steaks and Babalú walking up some solid homemade toppings–snails an sandwiches, steaks One of the oldest res- flamingly vibrant South Skólavörðustigur. A Icelandic food. unusual specialty. Well and fish dishes. taurants in the country, American décor. Gen- cozy place for coffee worth the cost. Order, the Lobster House is Café Paris take away or eat Habibi erous portions, fine and cake, the well- Austurstræti 14 | E6 Hafnarstræti 20 | D5 known of course for wine, liqueurs and ci- worn, homey ambience comfortably among the its lobster and also With an outdoor ter- paintings. A reliable source of gars make an excellent makes it difficult to race, this café gets high quality shawarma its impressive cognac choice in fine dining. leave. busy on sunny days. Fiskmarkaðurinn and falafel. Important lounge. Fine intimate Austurlanda- Balthazar With a cosy interior, Aðalstræti 12 | D6 ingredient for success- dining. hraðlestin Hafnarstræti 1-3 | fine menu and atten- Run and co-owned by ful living. Hressó Hverfisgata 64A | H7 D6/E6 tive service, it makes a the national team of Austurstræti 20 | E6 chefs, this establish- Hamborgarabúlla Though a bit expensive A hangout for older for- fine spot for evening Tómasar (“Bullan”) With a spacious for take-away, it is well eigners, Victor attracts dining as well. ment specializing in neutral interior and Japanese cuisine has Geirsgata 1 | D5 worth it for a spicy bite a diverse crowd, both Café Roma Considered by some a varied lunch menu, of this Indian cuisine. in age and origin, a rule everything planned to Hressó attracts no Rauðarárstígur 8 | J9 the last detail, ensur- to be the best real A few tables to the that extends to the mu- Roma, an Italian deli hamburger in Reyk- specific type of crowd. side for those who sicians that play there. ing a relaxing evening. Tap beer and music and café, offers a va- javík, “Bullan” does choose to dine in. Bæjarins Beztu riety of breads, soups Geysir Bar/Bistro serve some mysteri- makes a fair hangout Á Næstu Grösum Tryggvagata | E6 as well as tempting Aðalstræti 2 | D6 ously delicious burgers, on weekends. Laugavegur 20B | G7 The oldest fast-food in desserts. For a good Situated in the digni- guaranteed to take the Icelandic Regarded by many to Iceland, it is feasibly bargain, come at fied Geysir Building at edge off any hangover. Fish & Chips be the best vegetarian the best hot dog stand lunchtime for the the corner of Vestur- Tryggvagata 8 | E5 gata and Aðalstræti, Hlölla Bátar place in town, “First in Europe. Don’t be specials. Ingólfstorg | D6 Not your average Vegetarian” offers intimidated by the this stylish bistro is fish’n’chips joint, but always a good place to The first sub sandwich a healthy and tasty perpetual line in front a healthy restaurant 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 “You haven't been in Iceland if you haven't been to us“ Don’t miss it! 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 email@example.com 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- Useful Numbers A B C D E F Emergency number: 112 Police: 444 1000 Medical help: 1770 Dental emergency: 575 0505 AA: 551 2010 1 Information: 118 Telegrams: 146 Tax Free Refund isló ð k Iceland Refund, Fis A›alstræti 2, Tel: 564 6400 r www.is.eurorefund.com a rðu 2 d ag an Opening Hours Gr Bars and clubs: According to regula- tions bars may be open until 01:00 on weekdays and 05:30 on weekends. Shops: Mon-Fri 10-18, Sat 10-16, Sun closed. The shopping centres Kringlan The Old Harbour t and Smáralind as well as most super- 3 aus an markets and tourist shops have longer Án opening hours. Mý rar Swimming pools: ga ta weekdays 06:30-22:30, weekends 08:00- Nýl end 20:30 although some may be open an uga r ta hour longer. egu n esv The State owned ÁTVR liquor stores: 4 Fram Rán arg Ves r Mon-Thu 11-18, Fri 11-19, Sat 11-18. t ígu ata urg Banks in the centre are open Mon-Fri ata rst Bár Ge uga irsg ga 09-16. ta ata or ta ab isga Öld Tourist Information ðr uga æ ta Æg Br Icelandic Travel Market træti Try 2 Bankastræti 2, Tel: 522 4979, 5 g gv 1 as ag ata Garð Tourist Information Centre A›alstræti 2, Tel: 590 1550, Túngata Hafnars www.visitreykjavik.is Aus træti turs Both tourist infos offer information for træ ti tourists as well as providing internet t a access, booking service, a phone centre, a ga Ban money exchange service, tax refund and 6 all kas sv træ ta of ti ga selling the Reykjavík Tourist Card. The H Sól vall r æti kja Reykjavík Tourist Card gives admission aga i ræt ta Læ sstr to city busses, various museums, Reyk- lfsst at a holt javík swimming pools, The Family Park ti Ingó urg ta træ and Reykjavík Zoo, The Culture House Þing Hr rga Suð ars and the National and University Library. in rna gb t að ra Getting Around 7 Tja ut rgs egur Be Public Transport The only public transport system in City Pond v ata Laufásvegur Fríkirkju Reykjavík is the bus. Most busses run ev- nsg ery 20 minutes and price per fare is 280 Óði ISK for adults and 100 ISK for children. Complete route map at: www.bus.is. Tel: 540 2700 8 r elu Busses run from 07:00-24:00 on week- ta kim ga days and 10:00-24:00 on weekends urs Bir ld Taxi Ba Hreyfill-Bæjarlei›ir, ata Sóle Tel: 553 3500 or 588 5522 g ag Bra Nja r yjar BSR, Tel: 561 0000 For disabled travellers: 9 gata Reykjavík Group Travel Service, ata Brunasta›ir 3, Tel: 587 8030, urg Be www.randburg.com/is/reykjavik_group_ Hljómskáli Suð rg sta travel_service/ Hr Park ða in r Airlines gb str La ra æ uf ut ti Air Iceland, Reykjavíkurf lugvöllur, 10 ás v Tel: 570 3030, www.f lugfelag.is eg ur Air Vestmannaeyjar, Tel: 481 3255, www.eyjaf lug.is Bus Terminal Vatn BSÍ, Vatnsm‡rarvegur 10, smýr arve Tel: 562 1011, www.bsi.is gur ta Flybus 11 ga ar Busses run daily from the BSÍ Bus arð Terminal to Kef lavík International Nj Airport in connection with all departing f lights. Departures daily from 04:45 to Bus terminal Hr ing bra 15:00/16:30 (every 15 - 60 minutes). For ut Flybus time schedule see: www.f lybus.is 12 Samferda.net A reasonable choice for the budget traveller. You log on to the website www. samferda.net, choose your destination and hopefully find a travel buddy to share the cost. 13 Domestic Airport G H I J K L M N Reykjavík What’s this Center thing? 2 City Map These things are pretty useful, check it out: Every venue that’s mentioned in our info section gets a little marker like this, which will help you locate it on our map. Say you want to try out “Súpubarinn” after reading our review - no problem, sir, just look up the corresponding icon on the map! Sk Sæ úla br ga au Lind ta t arg ata Sæbraut ígur Hve r fisg parst ata Klap 3 r ígu sst Lau tn g ave n Borgartú Va gur 4 Hve r fisg Sk ata óla r tígu vö rðu kas tún Skú stí laga k Lau g Nóa Fra ta ur ga r veg tígu Gre ur t ttis rau s ur gat Vita a stíg rrab Njá Hát óns lsg ún Sno at a Bar Ber gþó rug ata Lau g ur ata Brautarholt ave gur arg rárstíg rð Rauða Sk ur Ski tíg p iph hol ss t rón olt tún Ba Eir Nóa íks ga t rau ta aut rrab sbr Háte Sno nar igsv egu r Gun ur rstíg Flók aga ta ðará Gam Rau la H ring brau t Miklatún hlíð t brau a Lang Bóls ýrar taða Mik rhlíð labr lum aut g Krin 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 www.grapevine.is Go to Grapevine.is for daily news, opinions, event listings and exclusive articles. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 22 | The Reykjavík Grapevine | Issue 4 2009 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 – email@example.com – 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 Shopping Iða Nakti Apinn Lækjargata 2A | E6 Bankastræti 14 | F7 A great source for all Offers an amazing array Venue finder kinds of reading material, with restaurants on the second floor. of colourful designer wear as well as contemporary media. 12 Tónar Einvera Kisan Nexus Skólavörðust. 15 | G8 Laugavegur 35 | H7 Laugavegur 7 | F7 Hverfisgata 103 | I8 A record label as well as A cosy little shop with An interesting mix of items The biggest comic book a store, all the best new a great selection of from all around the world and gaming store in 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. 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Gísli Galdur Óli Ofur, Asli Mr. Cuellar & Trix Red Square University Night Oculus Paul Mauritz Impulce weekend De gode tider Austurstræti 9 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. 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Iceland’s very first Tapas-bar 26 | REYKJAVÍK GRAPEVINE | ISSUE 4—2009 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 ler's Saturday April 18th l T ve a y r a An introduction of D limitless possibilities. Enjoy Reykjavík! The program will be available at www.visitreykjavik.is www. grapevine.is 28 | REYKJAVÍK GRAPEVINE | ISSUE 4—2009 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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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. 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