An interview with Ragnar Kjartansson and Kjartan Sveinsson.

The Exception That Proves The Rule

Earlier this year, artist Ragnar Kjartansson and composer Kjartan Sveinsson put on a particularly subversive production at Berlin’s Volksbühne theatre. At one of the most avant-garde theatres in Europe, they staged a grandiose 60-minute performance involving giant Romantic-style tableaus along with music for a 40-piece orchestra and 16-piece choir. With no actors or storyline to speak of, its only aim was to be beautiful.

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An interview with former president Vigdís Finnbogadóttir.

Madam President

Arriving at Vigdís Finnbogadóttir’s house just before noon on Friday, I find a note on the door: “Anna, please wait! I’m on my way,” signed “ViFi.” I go back to the car and nervously watch the clock. I do not want to keep Vigdís Finnbogadóttir waiting. I let eight minutes go by before trying again. This time, her note is gone and there’s a car in the driveway. I ring the bell and the 83-year-old former president of Iceland comes to the door. 

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