Annabelle von Girsewald – Archive


Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson “What am I Doing with My Life?”

13 June, 2019  Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson presents ‘What Am I Doing With My Life?‘ the vinyl at Stichting Kunst- en Cultuurhuis Cinetol in collaboration with the Kunstverein Amsterdam. Together with his Medical Faculty Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson has produced tracks based on songs from his 2017 tour W.A.I.D.W.M.L.?. The record sleeve is designed by Nerijus Rimkus and contains drawings by Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson made for each track.



Tolstraat 182
1074VM Amsterdam



Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson “What am I Doing with My Life?”

3 November, 2017, 7pm Please join us for the grand finale of the 2017 tour of Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson‘s performance ‘What Am I Doing With My Life?’.  The self-proclaimed doctor, Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson has gathered his Icelandic faculty to treat and heal including,  Arnar Asgeirsson,  Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir, Bergur Thomas AndersonIndriði Arnar Ingólfsson and Örn Alexander Ámundason. There will be an active live broadcast filmed by Benedikt Nikulás Ketilsson on the nation’s new source RÚV. Please join us on Friday November 3rd for the Icelandic homecoming of Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson’s performance What Am I Doing With My Life? at Kling og Bang in Reykjavik with opening acts of 900 Stig and Data Grawlix. Stay tuned for the WAIDWML LP album launch in 2019.

Kling & Bang Marshall House Grandagarður 20 Reykjavik


WAIDWML Kling&Bang (pdf)

Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson “What am I Doing with My Life?”

20 October, 2017, 7pm

Please join us on the 20th of October for Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson’s performance ‘What Am I Doing With My Life?’.  The self-proclaimed doctor, Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson has gathered his faculty for the next round of medical rap assistance including: Indriði Arnar Ingólfsson from Berlin/Reykjavik, David Bernstein from San Antonio/Vilnius and Geraldine Geffriaud from Paris.

This presentation of What Am I Doing With My Life? is part of STEWDIO an irregular and unexpected series of evenings with performances hosted by That Might Be Right in collaboration with David Bernstein.

Please join us on Friday October 20th for the Belgian premiere of Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson’s performance What Am I Doing With My Life? at That Might Be Right in Brussels. Aftershow lost and found beats and jingles provided by Izabela.


We wish to thank the Icelandic Embassies in Brussels for their support.

That Might Be Right

Vier-windenstraat 62 Rue des Quatre-Vents

1080 Brussels (Molenbeek)


European Union





Press Release WAIDWML (pdf)

Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson “What am I Doing with My Life?”

8-9th September, 2017, 7pm

Please join us on September 8 and 9 for the opening of the Kunstverein Amsterdam‘s new season and the Dutch premiere of Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson’s performance ‘What Am I Doing With My Life?’ Aid and relief is given to its Amsterdam audience by self-proclaimed Doctor, Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson, with the help of local collaborators: Indriði Arnar Ingólfsson, David Bernstein, Géraldine Geffriaud, Hreinn Fridfinnsson, Anat Spiegel and Thomas Myrmel.

On Friday September 8 at 7 pm the action starts for members only, with crystal tears, Mayan death flutes and lullabies performed within an architectonic intervention by Hreinn Fridfinnsson. Geraldine Geffriaud will be serving herbal elixirs.

On Saturday September 9 at 7 pm, the performance is repeated but with a twisted end – a boom box-amplified procession on bikes leaves from Kunstverein and slowly crawls across Amsterdam to end at David Bernstein’s opening of ‘Because Most of the Cosmos is Compost (Thinging Part V)’ at P/////AKT (Zeeburgerpad 53, 1019 AB Amsterdam).

The performance on Friday is a members only event and space is limited. We advise to arrive early on Friday and/or (on bike!) Saturday.

We wish to thank the (Gold)Members of the Kunstverein, Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst (AFK) and Ammodo Fonds for their continued support.


Hazenstraat 28
1016 SR, Amsterdam

For more info:




Press Metropolis M (pdf)

Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson “What am I Doing with My Life?”

20th May, 2017, 8pm

WAIDWML now punctures the project space during Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson‘s month long residency at A – DASH. A – DASH is an artist-run project space with studios in Athens, Greece. Founded in 2016 by an international group of artists and friends, the initiative began with the renovation of a listed neoclassical Athenian house near Lykavittos hill, generously supported by crowd funding.

Please join us for the pre-fabricated lyrics from the heart and the improvised healing beats with new and old faculty members. Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson will collaborate with Arnar Asgeirsson, David Bernstein, Jokūbas Čižikas, Indriði Arnar Ingólfsson and more. A special installation will be on view created by Arnar Ásgeirsson.





Asklipiou 74

114 71 Athens Greece





Press Release A-DASH (pdf)

Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson “What am I Doing with My Life?”

12th May, 2017, 7pm

WAIDWML will treat and heal the audience on the occasion of the opening ceremony of Žilvinas Landzbergas’ exhibition “R” for the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale. Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson will be assisted by his faculty members Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir, Indriði Arnar Ingólfsson and Jokūbas Čižikas.


Organiser: Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius

Commissioner: Kęstutis Kuizinas

Curators: Ūla Tornau and Asta Vaičiulytė



Lithuanian Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

Scuola San Pasquale, San Francesco della Vigna

Castello 2786

30122 Venice






Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson “What am I Doing with My Life?”

24th March, 2017, 9pm

WAIDWML is a rapshow by Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson a.k.a. Læknakjarval a.k.a. Litli Kjarval. The tour map is a body – Poland at the toes, Iceland is the nose and Læknakjarval needs various faculty for each bodypart. Acupuncture anaesthetist Indriði Arnar Ingólfsson and masseuse Árni Jónsson join Læknakjarval when WAIDWML crawls into Neukölln after its initial pollination with Jurgis Paškevičius and Robertas Narkus at Autarkia, Vilinius. Join us for medicinal rap!

“the toothpaste we use is very toxic – not only toxic but full of plastic – let it get to your brain start acting stupid – so so stupid I dont understand it – human feelings make me feel strange”


Before the hotel lobby there is the afterparty @ MAGENDOKTOR with special DJ guest Lord Pusswhip.


Broken Dimanche

Mareschstraße 1

12055 Berlin



Press Release WAIDWML (pdf)

Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson “What am I Doing with My Life?”

Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson’s performance is part rap, part stand-up routine, part concert on the topics of health, medicine and death. The performance on tour is conceived itself as a medical intervention of sorts acupuncturing cities with local collaborations. Styrmir is the doctor, the local curator is the surgeon, the guest artist is the nurse and the musician is the anesthetist. The musical recordings will make up an album depending on the prognosis. Styrmir describes himself as a practitioner of the chameleon style. This being a storyteller, a performer, a singer, an object maker, an illustrator, a mutant with the love for the absurd.

The prototype of his performance took place in Riga 2016 during the Survival Kit Art Festival.

The tour includes the European cities of Vilnius, Berlin, Athens, Amsterdam as well as Warsaw, London, Paris, Riga, and Reykjavik.


Tour launches on 21 February, 2017

on the occasion of Užgavėnės | Shrovetide | Carnival


Nuagarduko 41





“Trust me, because I am a doctor!”<br />
With crowd interaction and group exorcism through the power of MCing as a mad hip hop doctor, Styrmir confuses the theories and practice of Western medicine with Eastern traditions. Performance 30 min, Survival Kit, Riga, 2016"> Performance 30 min, Survival Kit, Riga, 2016">

Earth Homing

Earth Homing: Reinventing Turf Houses

8 August – 9 September, 2018

Icelandic turf houses reveal our primordial connection to the earth. Taking turf houses as a starting point of artistic experimentation “Earth Homing” realigns us with architecture and with the earth. What can we learn by revisiting this rich source of cultural heritage to “build” for the future?

Anna Júlía Friðbjörnsdóttir, Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir / Daniel Leeb, Birgir Andrésson, Borghildur Indriðadóttir, Claudia Hausfeld, Elín Hansdóttir, Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir, Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir, Hrönn Gunnarsdóttir, Kolbeinn Hugi, Ólafur Sveinn Gíslason, Ólöf Nordal, Ragna Róbertsdóttir, Sean Patrick O’Brien, Sólveig Aðalsteinsdóttir, Steingrímur Eyfyörð and Unnar Örn.


Grótta Island

Seltjarnarnes, Reykjavík

Earth Homing Press Release ENG (pdf)

Earth Homing Press Release IS (pdf)

Earth Homing Opening Event (pdf)

Earth Homing Public Program (pdf)

Earth Homing Hei Maei (pdf)

Earth Homing Press (pdf)

Ambivalent Homecoming. Turf Houses and Iceland’s Place in the World

6 September, 2018

One can travel through time and space with turf houses; they have been here and disappeared again. They have also been given meaning that has sometimes been described in a way that has put them out of joint with their own presence. They have been used as remains of a passed time, as symbols of a utopian future, as inferior alternatives to Modernity, as cure for Modernity and as tokens of a cross-regional heritage. Turf houses have for long been catalysts of imagination that continue to spark ideas about Iceland’s place in the world. Ann-Sofie Nielsen Gremaud will talk about some of the ideas about time and history that the turf houses have evoked.
Ann-Sofie Nielsen Gremaud is a Danish/Swiss cultural historian who has specialized in the cross cultural field of Icelandic-Danish history. Gremaud holds a PhD and in her thesis she introduced a crypto-colonial perspective in the analysis of Icelandic visual culture. She has published on contemporary art, Danish colonial history and the Anthropocene. Gremaud is affiliated with the Department of Danish at the University of Iceland and a part of the international research project “Denmark and the New North Atlantic”.


Grótta Island


Seltjarnarnes, Reykjavík


Earth Homing Public Program (pdf)

Don’t be Fooled by Iceland: Nation-Branding and Racialization

31 August, 2018

After a massive economic crash in Iceland in 2008, Iceland was within a period of a few years transformed from being a marginal tourism destination into a mass tourism country. The presentation focuses on nation branding, its links to national identities and subjectivities, as well as its role in retaining certain ideas of and about the past. It shows how the nation branding of Iceland has engaged with older colonial ideas from the past of so called “exotic” people that were animated during the economic boom and its aftermath, simultaneously, as the nation branding capitalized on ideas of the “Nordic” as a particular type of people. The presentation stresses that Iceland’s duality in regard to its engagement with Europe’s colonial past shapes Iceland’s position in a geopolitical space where Iceland can be projected as simultaneously as exotic and safe; as similar to “us,” but “peculiar” in a global marketplace of nation branding and commercialized tourism destinations.
Kristín Loftsdóttir is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Iceland. She finished her PhD from University of Arizona in 2000. Her research focuses on postcolonialism, whiteness, gender, racial identity, mobility and crisis, specializing in Iceland and Europe. She has also conducted research on migrant work of indigenous community in Niger in West Africa and irregular migrants in Brussels. Loftsdóttir is co-organizer of the project “Mobilities and Transnational Iceland” that received grant of Excellence by RANNÍS – Icelandic Centre for Research in 2016-2018.

Grótta Island


Seltjarnarnes, Reykjavík


Earth Homing Public Program (pdf)

The Reykjavik Housing Market – From the Reykjavik of Dieter Roth to a Continuous Crisis in a Small, Open Economy

23 August, 2018

From travellers of earlier centuries to artists like Dieter Roth, the image of Reykjavík has largely been shaped by foreign eyes, often quite unbeknownst to Icelanders. And many trends that shape European cities are found in Reykjavík, such as gentrification of formerly “undesirable” neighbourhoods. As elsewhere, housing prices in Reykjavík mirror demographic and social changes, now not only changes in Iceland but to some degree international trends. Sigrún Davíðsdóttir is an Icelandic journalist, living in London. She has covered the 2008 financial crisis, both in Iceland and elsewhere, extensively on her blog, In 2011, she published a thriller in Icelandic, “Samhengi hlutanna”, related to the crisis.

Veitingasala Nesklúbbsins

Seltjarnarnes, Reykjavík


Earth Homing Public Program (pdf)

Turfhouses and (Post)Colonialism

21 August, 2018

Sigurjón Baldur Hafsteinsson is a professor at the University of Iceland. His latest books are Phallological Museum(2013) and Death and Governmentality: Neo-liberalism, Grief and the Nation-form(2018, co-authored with Arnar Árnason). He has published on cultural Icelandic turf house heritage and the museum context.




Grótta, Seltjarnarnes


Earth Homing Public Program (pdf)

Hei Maei

18 August, 2018

18.08 – 18.38

Borghildur Indriðadóttir‘s performance “Hei Maei” takes place on the historic ship Cape Race at Reykjavik’s old harbor. “Hei Maei” meaning ‘home not home island’ calls out to the mysterious marine habitats and magnitude of the ocean. Hei Maei reflects on the meaning of home. Live sound by Branislav Jovančević. The event is a part of Reykjavik Culture Night.



Old Harbor

Ægisgarður 7

101 Reykjavíkurborg


Earth Homing Hei Maei (pdf)

Earth Homing Architecture

16 August, 2018

Hrólfur Karl Cela from Basalt Architects is the first speaker of the “Earth Homing” public program. For his talk entitled “Earth Homing Architecture” Hrólfur will present his most recent projects including the new Blue Lagoon Hotel and Spa in Svartsengi, Grindavík as well as imperative concepts such as nature, sustainability or earth architecture.



Steingrímur Eyfjörð´s work “Modarkofinn” (Dirt Hut) (1996) will be on view.


Grótta Island


Albertsbúð (black harbor house)



Earth Homing Public Program (pdf)

Earth Homing Architecture (pdf)


4-6 September, 2017

Cycle – Sovereign / Colony (CSC) is perceived as a forward looking transdisciplinary art project with a focus on the Western Nordic area including Greenland, Faroe Islands and Iceland. As a part of the month long program hosted by the Gerdarsafn Art Museum a workshop on Icelandic turf houses with an academic, architect, artists, a turf builder and former tenants will take place. Turf houses are highly insulated homes for all classes and for all of Icelandic architecture dating back to the 9th century. The workshop is key for the education of the problematic nature and denial of colonialism in Iceland. How can turf houses as a symbol of cultural heritage be emblematic of national identity? The workshop will lay the groundwork to test dynamic ways of aesthetic realignment and transformation for a larger exhibition project.


Gerdarsafn – Kopavogur Art Museum

Hamraborg 4

200 Kopavogur

The Bakery

Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017

10 June – 2 October 2017

The work of Hreinn Friðfinnsson often evokes intricate storylines of inspiration, conception, and creation, containing layerings of time and nature, both revealing and concealing the mysteries of the world around us. A work spanning the artist’s career, House Project (1974–), is sustained by its grand narrative. The first iteration of the project was, in fact, a far-flung ephemeral gesture, which would go on to echo in successive forms.

“In the summer of 1974, a small house was built in the same fashion as Sólon Guðmundsson intended to do about half a century ago, that is to say an inside-out house. It was completed on the 21st of July. It is situated in an unpopulated area of Iceland, and in a place from which no other man-made objects can be seen. The existence of this house means that ‘outside’ has shrunk to the size of a closed space formed by the walls and the roof of the house. The rest has become ‘inside’. The house harbours the whole world except itself.”[1]

With House Project Friðfinnsson turned the tale of an eccentric anomaly into a pointed confrontation with the boundaries of space. The work’s history has unfolded to include the 1974 construction, Second House’s migration from Iceland to its permanent home at Domaine de Kerguéhennec in France in 2007, the homecoming of Third House—constructed in 2011 on the original site of First House in the remote lava landscape outside of Reykjavík—and now Fourth House encountered within Skulptur Projekte Münster.

Every new ‘house’ was physically constructed inside out in turn, with each iteration successively dematerialized through this process of inversion or mirroring. Whereas First House and Second House were created with traditional Icelandic building materials—wooden constructions with metal siding, wallpaper, a door, and windows with curtains—Third House was conceived as a drawing, a simple steel outline of the frame, becoming a kind of echo of First House. Similarly devised in this reduced, yet inverted form, Fourth House culminates the project in a fully mirrored state—a transforming work—interacting with its surroundings.

In light of the fact that every homecoming requires further venturing, the work needed to migrate once more without a permanent home, becoming in a sense forever nomadic, forever in motion. Five kilometres outside the inner city of Münster in Sternbuschpark, Friðfinnsson’s work nearly melts into its surroundings, and yet its reflective quality materializes in relation to each visitor, as the frame of a house surfaces and space is constructed. A reflected reality is mirrored and structured by its own form.

Annabelle von Girsewald and Cassandra Edlefsen Lasch


Clearing in Sternbuschpark

Sternbusch 24

Münster 48153


The Bakery VI

2 June, 2016, 7-10pm The Bakery VI coincides with the book launch “Way Over” by the Icelandic Art Center hosted by Egill Sæbjörnsson’s studio. As with each Bakery iteration there will be an exhibition setting the mood to get your hands dirty. The exhibition displays all of the former posters, works of art such as framed drawings, and ‘breads’ made by former participants, along with hats and aprons from previous events. The theme of the evening, “The Fantasy of Breads and Cakes” is diversity. Each guest is invited to create breads and cakes out of clay. Celebrating difference as a positive, each ‘bread’ is as unique as its creator. Kinzigstr. 18 10247 Berlin (Behind the green gate)


The Bakery V

22 May 2016, 12-4pm

Egill Sæbjörnsson’s The Bakery V takes place at The Hafnarfjördur Centre of Culture and Fine Art during the Reykjavík Art Festival. The theme of the daytime open workshop entitled, “Architecture – Working With Dough” is elements of architecture.

Harfnaborg Center of Culture and Fine Art



Press (pdf)

The Bakery IV

11 July 2015, 2pm

Egill Sæbjörnsson’s collaborative artistic project The Bakery hits its fourth edition with a special focus on the direct and indirect impact of the climate change.

Agora Collective, Berlin


The Bakery III

3 May 2015, 1-4pm

Egill Sæbjörnsson’s The Bakery III asks participants to envision future homes alongside

invited architects and arts professionals, an open event to be creative through a medium that is

both familiar and unfamiliar, displacing auto-cad with molding and modeling.

The Bakery III was a part of the opening events of homecomings: PROJECTIVE SPACE  in the courtyard of Kurfürstenstr. 13, 10785 Berlin.


Invitation (pdf)

The Bakery II

13 June 2014, 7 pm

Traveling between different locations, The Bakery is an evolving project investigating the passion of baking. With each installment The Bakery—part performance, part installation —presents the results from the event prior while creating its next iteration. For its second episode we’ll bake with dough under the guidance of Zeit für Brot at freitagsküche in Frankfurt am Main.

freitagsküche, Frankfurt am Main



Monopol Tipps und Termine 09.06.14 (pdf)

The Bakery I

21 September 2013, 3-10pm

The Bakery is a performance, installation and research project initiated by Egill Sæbjörnsson in collaboration with the curator Annabelle von Girsewald.

Participating artists: Rosa Barba, Florian Neufeldt, Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson

Come and participate in The Bakery in the courtyard on Torstrasse 111, Berlin