Editorial

Editorial

CHRISTIAN SCHOEN

Berlin! The German capital suffers a depression. Shortly after the elections there is now a political vacuum in Germany. Will this effect the Berlin art autumn? However, for ten days beginning in the last week of September, the German capital will be in the hands of the visual art scene. More than forty Icelandic artists, musicians and performers will invade various venues during the days and nights following the 28th of September. One of these will be Egill Sæbjörnsson, who is being introduced in this issue. He will present one installation and will perform with his band in several places. While the future of KlinK & BanK in Reykjavík is uncertain, a large group of this artist-run experimental space is travelling to Berlin to show, perform and play mainly at Berliner Liste. LIST looks behind the curtain and introduces the phenomenon that is KlinK & BanK. In the first part of the interview with Steina Vasulka, she said that “being an Icelander is an incurable disease”. With the second part we publish here, we concentrate more on her artistic approach. Could you imagine why Jimmy Hendrix should be responsible for Steina working with video? The Reykjavík Art Museum is Iceland’s largest art institution, though its mission has always been less certain than that of the National Gallery, charged with assembling and hosting a representative collection of Iceland’s visual arts. Its director, appointed for a limited term, is by default one of the most influential people in the Icelandic art world and a new one has just started work this month. His name is Hafþór Yngvason. LIST wishes him all the best in his new job and good luck for all the artists who will take part in the exciting art autumn in Berlin!


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