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A revised version of the Self-Help-Academy will be present at the former USA military base in Iceland. In the year of 1997 a Self-Help-Academy was established to teach the military personnel how to repair and maintain their household. The academy was apart of the Quality-Life Campaign initiated by military for the betterment of life at the base. The curriculum of the renovated Self-Help-Academy examines how to take care of political subjectivities on borders and the maintenance of social ecologies. On the 23rd of October the Self Help Academy will hold the event Domestic Flights where domestic demarcations will be explored in particular by and through the animal which was prevented from “jumping inside” through open windows by keeping them closed, causing the predominant housing problem at the base, mold.  Storytelling, narration and motifs of magical realism will be the pedagogical method of the Self-Help-Academy.

Organizer: Bryndís Björnsdóttir

Contributors: The Many Headed Hydra (Bryndís Björnsdóttir, Emma Haugh, Suza Husse, Tejal Shah), Benjamin Busch, Georgios Papadopoulos, Haukur Már Helgason, Jón Bjarki Magnússon, Oxana Timofeeva, Jórunn Edda Helgadóttir, Ragnheiður Freyja Kristínardóttir and Snorri Páll Jónsson Úlfhildarson.

The event will be held in a space adjacent to the Officer’s Club at the former NATO base, in a space once thought to be the only Cold War museum in Iceland. A bus will go from the Reykjavik Art Museum at 17:00 o’clock with the program starting from 18:30. Free tickets to the bus are available at the Reykjavik Art Museum from 22nd of October on. Soup and other refreshments will be offered.



23 October 2016  17:00

Bus departure from the Reykjavík Art Museum, Tryggvagata 17, 101 Reykjavík

The Many Headed Hydra : : Performative bus tour from Reykjavík to Ásbrú

Bryndís Björnsdóttir, Domestic Attendance, performance, 2016
Readings with Reykjavík friends including Bryndís Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir, Halla Kristín Einarsdóttir, Jórunn Edda and others

Developed with people from different islands, continents and peninsulas, The Many Headed Hydra is a hydro-political art project that involves research, performance and publishing based on collaboration and modes of storytelling. Sea Body Infrastructure Image is the first head of The Many Headed Hydra surfacing from the waters of the Atlantic Ocean between the shores of the European peninsula, Iceland and West Africa.

                                     | 19:00

Arrival in space – Soup and refreshments

Installation in space:

Jón Bjarki Magnússon : : Ice in Afghanistan
In Kabul young boys push Ice cream trolleys up and down the streets. The fragile sounds of the trolleys promise happiness, just around the corner. We don´t see the happiness even though it echoes throughout the city. Sounds collected in Kabul‘s Karte Sakhi neighborhood in July and August 2013.

Snorri Páll Jónsson Úlfhildarsson : : OF INFERIOR QUALITY - Photographic series

Benjamin Busch : : Domestic Realism - Photographic series

Performance by Jórunn Edda Helgadóttir and Ragnheiður Freyja Kristínardóttir, members of No Borders

Items from the collection of the Reykjanes Museum

                                     | 19:00

Haukur Már Helgason : : ÚR          [PDF]
The aurochs, was a wild cattle species in Europe, present not only in nature but through literary and visual history, until and after its extinction in 1627. Attempts to de-extinct the animal were made in the Third Reich and failed. Such experiments have now resurfaced in Europe within the ecological framework of “rewilding”. This raises questions about the relation of various ecologies with what Agamben called thanato-politics. 

                                     | 19:30

Georgios Papadopoulos : : Animal Spirits - short stories and metaphors from economic writing        [PDF]

Animal Spirits is a metaphor that was popularized by John Maynard Keynes in his analysis of the apparently ‘irrational’ behavior of investors. Ever since the metaphor is revisited when economists find themselves unable to explain (not to mention predict) the behavior of markets. His intervention is going to investigate the intimate relationship of the homo oeconomicus to animals, revisiting some of the most famous fables and mysteries of economic writing, in an effort to investigate the relation of economy and ecology in a literary and somehow playful fashion.  

                                     | 20:00

Talk and break : : Moderator - Valur Brynjar Antonsson

                                     | 20:30


The talk is dedicated to the so-called uncanny animals, such as insects or parasites, which cannot be categorized as properly “wild,” but also not as either “domestic” or “homeless.” She proposes a new interpretation of Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” based on Freud’s idea of the uncanny and a hypothesis of the inhuman subject of the unconscious.

                                     | 21:30

Tejal Shah : : Between the Waves, five-channel video, 2013

Introduction by Emma Haugh and Suza Husse

With Tejal Shah’s „Between the Waves“ the Atlantic streams explored by The Many Headed Hydra also resonate the fluid embodiments from the archaic and futuristic realms of a different shoreline, of in-between landscapes inhabited by queer, inter-species forms of existence. Bodies of water are considered as hospitable public spaces for post-national as well as post-human imagination in order to rethink notions of rights, citizenship and belonging and to acknowledge natural beings and planetary earth forces as political subjects in their own right.

                                     | 22:00

Departure to Reykjavík