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Friday, May 11, 2007

What´s with all the violence?

You might wanna put the kids to bed for this one!

There I am, strolling through downtown Reykjavik, minding my own business, taking a few pictures:

beautiful church, isn´t it? Wait a sec...what´s that orangy thingy infront of the church? Let´s have a closer look, shall we?

That road block smashed that car, it wasn´t me! I just happen to be there...wrong time, wrong place ...oh will ye quit it, I am not drunk, I am merely resting my eyes. It´s a Friday night for crying out loud!

And on we go... What the heck?

I am nowhere near that huge flowerpot... slammed into the front wind-shield.

Let´s move away quickly, before we start to doubt everything good and true in Iceland.

Now that´s just plain insane. With the few trees we have and then someone rams one through a car. *shakes head* What´s this ice cube come to?

And just when you thought, it couldn´t get any worse:

That´s it, I´ll forbid myself to go downtown hence-forth. I could have died taking these pictures, I hope you know! I felt it was my duty to bring these images- terrifying as they might be...


Oh, it is Reykjavik´s annual ART-FESTIVAL this weekend. *sigh of relief*
Wait a minute, this is our concept of art for the year 2007? "Can I offer you a slice of bus?" I really start to wonder if accepting Christianity, way back in ´78 I think, was really the right choice for us. There is just so much Viking strength left within, fighting to get out.


Royal De Luxe? That sounds French. It is? They are here? *runs around screaming from the top of her lungs: The FRENCH are coming! Prepare the Volcanoes!"* and look what they brought:

*frantically rummages through her book shelves, looking for "Gulliver´s Travels"*
I remember The huge Gulliver being tied up somewhere in it, and it´s not like this giant puppet hasn´t enough strings to do it with!

So, it was the French. Told you it wasn´t me!

I knew we couldn´t pull off art on our own...

We can drink you under the table any day of the week though!

*passes out*


Posted by Minka :: 9:37 pm :: 36 Royal Subjects

Link to this Royal Decree!


At 22:34, Blogger Doug said...

That was hilarious!

Kinda too bad a penguin had to be smushed to bring it to us, but, then, ars gratia artis.

At 00:06, Blogger birdwoman said...

we have something like that in philly called the fringe festival. There are all sorts of live-action play things going on. Fights, dramas, etc. You never know if what you've seen is real or staged.


At 00:28, Anonymous quilly said...

Darn it, Dawg! I do so hate blogger. I was here first! Waaaah!

There is a homeless person here in Vegas who has made a go-cart sort of contraption just from picking up bitsd and pieces of floatsom and jetsome from the frequent car wrecks on the corner of Pecos and LVB. Her contraption has a rather crude semblence to this art.

At 00:41, Anonymous neva said...

hilarious, indeed! and i adore that puppet (remember, we featured her in THIS VIDEO in the Snark a few months ago...) the Art Festival looks like a lot of fun -- dangerous, but fun!

and you are WAY too cute, my friend... but then, you knew that! (lovelovelove those gloves, by the way. see? i knew they'd look perfect on you!) ; ) xox

At 00:50, Anonymous logo™ said...

Oh man, I love the Icelandic take on Christianity!

At 02:34, Blogger Zoning Out Again said...

Hey you are a cutie!!!!
Now we need Crazy Aunt Neva to put her picture up so we'z can see her too. I believe theresa did so today.

I'm glad to see that it was just an art exhibit and that chicken little was probably not running around screaming about falling skies.
Cool pics!

At 02:51, Blogger J. D. said...

Minka......Art, like beauty, is in the eye..........you know. The National Art Gallery in Canada paid 2 mil for a large canvas; one half was painted blue and the other half painted red. Do we laugh or do we cry? I (and everyone else in Canada) would prefer to look at your pictures and have a good chuckle. What fun! Was it twice as good when, after your last drink, your eyes were crossed?......Judy

At 03:52, Blogger Diesel said...

So that's what passes for art these days, eh? And you don't even have the NEA to blame.

At 09:45, Blogger Biene said...

Poor child, so afraid down town! I should not have said no for coming with you. But how could I know that the giant was - is - loose?

At 10:48, Blogger Minka said...

Doug, I knew it was a sacrifice you are willing to make :)

birdwoman, I just realized I forgot a picture of another car...bugger!

Quilly, spit on a canvas of any color and call it art. It´s just about having enough money to rent a whoet walled room to display it, that makes it art.

neva, I so remember that video, I was impressed. And when I read in teh papers somethign about a giant 8 metre doll, I knew what was happening. And here she is sleeping in Reykjavik´s harbor area. Nice bed...we could all fit under that blanket! I love those gloves, as you well know and you recognize my UGGS?

LOGO, you would actaully make a fantastic addition to this country. Come! Why don´t ye?

ZOA, actually...i have seen crazy aunt Neva live :) For an entire week and I am here to tell you, she is one of teh most fabulous women I´ve met. Very beautiful and entertainment non-stop. Kind and helpful...of course, my presence brings it out in people :) By the by, there are a lot of pictures of me in this blog all over ;)

J.d. I actually like art, and have been spotted at many an exhibition. Never at a modern one. I marked my line of appreciation when standing in front of a picture that has a yellow triangle and a blue background. I am not buying it! :)

Diesel, no we don´t. We have the two people to blame that call teh shots in this country. It was actually quite fun!

MOM, you should be ashamed of yourself. I aske dyou to join us and you were afraid of all the people downtown, so you let me go...it was terrifying, I was shocked and frightened to my very core; an I have an extra piece of chocolate cake later?

At 11:51, Blogger I Dive At Night said...

Afraid of all the people? Or afraid of the 8m tall people?!?

Beautiful pics. The vehicles themselves may or may not be art, but the photos of them are art. You turned it into performance theatre as well, by getting into the "action".

At 13:05, Blogger Minka said...

Morgan, thank you for acknowledging my artistic talent and journalistic willingness to plunge myself into action, despite the apparent dangers :)I had fun!

At 13:26, Blogger Malnurtured Snay said...

I thought Iceland had no trees?

At 13:28, Blogger I Dive At Night said...

Well, the danger wasn't so apparent. Nothing scarey about a 5m knife... it's the hand that weilds it that's truly frightening!

Come to think of it, the brain that conceived the idea is pretty spooky also.

At 14:20, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Destructive Art. It's all the rage in Iceland.
I don't see how the giant fits into the theme.
The French never follow directions!

Thanks for risking your life to bring us these pics.

At 14:20, Blogger Tom & Icy said...

It seems YOU are the real artist by the way you presented this post! It was intrigue and humor and informative as well as thought provoking!

At 14:34, Blogger Minka said...

Snay, we certainly do...two forrests full of trees! and oen stuck in a car apparently. It might have been important though :)

Morgan, you just have to dig deep enough to find the dark recesses of confused brains.

Jamie Dawn, see the Royal De Luxe are making a story with all of this. The giant puppet rose this morning around 10.30 to look for her dad, a giant puppet too, who in teh end will be responsible for the destruction over downtown Reykjavik. And you thought there was no theme :)

Tom and Icy, wow...thank you. I know where this comes from and I truly appreciate the compliment. *prints it out*

At 15:18, Blogger I Dive At Night said...

A travelling play moving through the city using giagantic props? Is this something the audience brings their own drinks to, or does a wheeled bar follow the action?

At 16:39, Blogger Mo'a said...

Drat, I miss the action by two days. I loooooove the Giant girl and have followed her virtually...via world wide web... all around Europe, and I MISS HER by TWO DAYS...sorry about all the shouting.....at least I am not braking things.....but I think you can understand my feeling.
Tala vid thig bradum.

At 18:00, Blogger actonbell said...

Holy cow, that's a different arts fest! Great pictures, Minka. These exhibits would case rubber-necking, here.

At 18:21, Anonymous Joel said...

That looks like fun! Are you a regular part of the exhibit? Do you have a problem you'd like to discuss? Remember...admitting you have one is the first step.


At 19:17, Blogger ariel said...

these are so funny, I love them! the doll freaked me out but I enjoyed the rest of the exhibition very much. the bus is my fave.

At 00:26, Blogger Minka said...

Morgan, yours is a good question. I didn´t see any free drinks, believe you me I would have noticed :)

móa, she was very impressive I have to admit. She took a shower this morning around 11. Very impressive!

actonbell, yeah I got some pretty decent shots :)

Joel, out of 143? I have many a problem...can I please skip step 14?

ariel, I looked inside, because I felt a fork should come with it :) I couldn´t find it. Maybe not sharp enough?

At 00:38, Blogger cube said...

I was shocked until I realized it was ART! I still think I can outdrink you ;-)

At 07:28, Blogger I Dive At Night said...

LOL! Cube, have you ever been to a Scandinavian/Nordic country? Drinking "all night" has a totally different meaning!

Still, Minka, I'll buy the first bottle of vodka and have a try if you're ever up for it.

At 07:34, Blogger Minka said...

cube, I´ll take you up on that bet. Next time you are in town, or I am in yours, we´ll put it to the test!

Morgan, it´s a deal. First round is on you and if we are drinking vodka, it looks like I won´t have to buy a second round :) Let´s meet somewhere outside of Iceland though...friggin´expensive here!

At 09:24, Blogger I Dive At Night said...


At 15:26, Blogger Theresa said...

What a brave penguin you are, risking your life to bring us art, live and uncensored. They must have a hell of a time cleaning up after the festival. Loved the church in the first picture, just beautiful.

At 18:08, Blogger Minka said...

Morgan, *grins* right back!

Theresa, well, then you won´t wanna miss this Wednesday´s Snark. There are some purdy pictures!

At 17:35, Blogger Theresa said...

I'm anxiously awaiting your purdy pictures, especially after all Diesel's muttering.

At 20:31, Blogger The Old Mule said...

Where you driving that thing?

That is my kind of art. Very cool!

At 01:43, Blogger Minka said...

theresa, they shoudl be up an runnign by tomorrow morning. Considering that we are like 5-8 hours ahead of our friend sin teh States we shoudl give them a bit of time to read Diesel´s muttering!

At 01:43, Blogger Minka said...

Old Mule...Thank you, I always knew you´d fit right in.

At 02:09, Blogger tsduff said...

Damn, I miss Reykjavik... nothing like it anywhere else on this planet. Carry on Minka :-D

At 04:02, Blogger G said...

All in the name of art, hmm? You Icelanders are funny people. I loved it. And loved your post presenting it. xox

At 12:12, Blogger Minka said...

Terry, nothign quite like it.

G, thank you ...I atcually love this one too. I have re-read it a couple of times, only to amuse myself. let´s not ask Freud what that means :)


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