Archive for January, 2008


Posted in music, retrön on January 22, 2008 by badtaste4ever

RetrönStaring out as a video game, then as a visual buffalo fest, Retrön now is a full blown rock and roll band with visual buffalo frying elements. Thunderous spiritual drumming combined with two guitars called Volume and Loudness.

Think of Thin Lizzy and Lightning Bolt combined with a Nintendo cartridge about Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. The essence of pure overdose of death itself.
The visual part is best described as epilepsy with fantasy elements

Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl

Posted in literature on January 22, 2008 by badtaste4ever

Eirikur Örn Norðdahl is an Icelandic novelist and poet. In the recent years he has explored the possibilities inherent in the European and North-American avant-garde traditions, and focused on disassembling language into it visual, social and linguistic units. He has published two novels and four and a half books of poetry. His latest collection is Waiter there is a Phoenix in my Ashtray, published by Nýhil in2007..

English Recital in Oslo

Myndljóðabók (250X250cm)

And spanking new website

Kristín Svava Tómasdóttir

Posted in art, kristín svava tómasdóttir, literature on January 21, 2008 by badtaste4ever

Krist�n Svava
Kristín Svava Tómasdóttir: bourgeoise poet and former militant mailman.
Has published one book of poetry, Blótgælur (2007).

caressing myself with a Bacardi machine gun
hangover crawling like sun lotion
I´ll see you in action movies
perhaps on mountain tops

a frame made of poet
removed from
a sugarcoated mine

me and idealistic girls
used to many things
slender or bearded

we seek intestines
from sugarcoated mines

Finnbogi Pétursson

Posted in art, artists, finnbogi pétursson, music on January 21, 2008 by badtaste4ever

My works are an acoustic image of the present. They look at time. What is actually happening now when movement occurs? The feedback phenomenon is used as a very decisive time factor in my work. I have been preoccupied chasing things that one doesn’t notice but are present nevertheless, such as radio waves, light and sound.

finnbogi_exhibit.pngI attempt to obtain these and make shapes out of them, directed at specific, previously-decided routes which I choose, to a particular space and in a particular arrangement in the space. Wave transmission is so much a part of the air that we see nothing else if they are made visible, as the air is packed with these waves.



Posted in artists, curver, einar örn, ghostigital, music on January 21, 2008 by badtaste4ever

ghostigital_einarorn.jpgGhostigital purveyors of quality silence, preaching the gospel of the thundering sparkles. Its members Einar Örn and Curver do not call everything their grandmother. With electric tongues and elastic words they emit sounds not unfamiliar to pouring cereals onto milk in a bowl.

They have recorded two albums, Ghostigital and In Cod We Trust and just relesed Radium with Finnbogi Pétursson. Currently they are recording their 3rd album in Reykjavik and New York with guests Alan Vega and King Buzzo.


Posted in music, sigtryggur baldursson, steingrímur guðmundsson, steintryggur on January 21, 2008 by badtaste4ever

steintryggur_2.jpgSteintryggur is a collaboration between rhythm afficianados Sigtryggur Baldursson and Steingrimur Guðmundsson where they channel their inspirations and run them through the blender of Australian Ben Frost.

The new CD “trappa” mixes together the duos organic beats and all sorts of instrumental flavors like turkish stringmaster Hadji Tekbilek on oud and saz, and features the vocal talents of Huun Huur Tu from Tuva and the Skálholt Childrens Choir from Iceland.

Experimental music has never been less boring.

Ásdís Sif

Posted in art, artists, ásdís sif on January 21, 2008 by badtaste4ever

asdissif_skype.jpg“Icelandic performance based artist, Asdis Sif Gunnarsdottir creates beautiful and complex sets to create a physical state of mind. Her installations are an excerpt from her cinematic performances. They are filled with random items such as mirrors, ribbons, glitter and many times include projections both on the walls and floor. As she notes, “I feel that there is a constant flow between performance and video art. I often bring performance into my installations, like dress up in the same colors as the work, and just lie on the floor like a ghost while the viewers walk by.”

Her narratives are aesthetically beautiful and emotionally complex. The underlying mood of these “video poems” is captured by the vibrant reds, blues and greens reflected against the dark aura of the Icelandic winter. On ocassion, she seems to have popped up from a Japanese Manga or from the Scandinavian version of heroine multi-media goddess, Lara Croft. Asdis never drifts out of character and masterfully combines the Nordic sense of melancholia with fantasy and wit as she deals with her refusal of leaving the “girl”. ”

Mariangela Capuzzo
Independent Curator