Fighting the Depression

Fighting the Depression

Depression? Because the days are getting shorter, because of the heavy south-westerly winds bringing so much rain, because of the trees losing their leaves and the moss its colour—or because of the economical crisis? One solution to the darkness in Reykjavík comes courtesy of Yoko Ono. After the inauguration of her Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey Island last year (see LIST #16), on October 9—John Lennon’s birthday—she will again light the tower, its vertical beam of light shining through the darkness. Despite the recession in Iceland, all cultural institutions are continuing with their programs at full force. Though it was noticeably more difficult to find financial support from private companies, the third-annual SEQUENCES real-time art festival opens on October 11 with a jam-packed program including joint projects with the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. Another way of fighting an upcoming depression is: leaving. You could either go west to meet Icelandic artists in the US—Steinunn Þórarinsdóttir, for example, who is exhibiting in San Antonio, or Guðjón Bjarnason in New York. The other option is to go east. At Frieze Art Fair in London, you can enjoy the company of Icelandic artists and bands—and even Icelandic beer in the late but legendary Sirkus bar, which will be temporarily rebuilt to intervene in the regular art market fuzz.

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