Kitty Von-Sometime releases new video that focuses on an unspecified non-gendered dystopian being.

Kitty Von-Sometime, the mastermind behind the long-running The Weird Girls Project, has a new video piece out. It accompanies a single from the anonymous music collective KERAI, whose album is presented as the voice of a non-gendered being of unknown origin. We talked with Kitty about the video, The Weird Girls Project, and a retreat she’s hosting in the Westfjords this fall.

Kitty Von-Sometime.

Where did the idea for the new piece come from?
“I actually matched with someone on Tinder in London a while ago and after a little bit of a chat I just thought I’d delete Tinder for a while, because I do that often. But I said to them, I find you really interesting, so if you wanna add me on Facebook, do so. They reached out sometime later and said, I really like your video work, any chance you’d be interested in making a video that would be a collaboration with a single that we’re gonna release? I really liked the music, so I said yes. We hadn’t even met.

“I was very much a tomboy and played football and rugby before I got put in that school and they tried to stamp it out of me.”

They gave me the criteria that they’re presenting the entire album as the voice of a being that’s non-gendered, with no specification whether it’s an alien or a future dystopian breed of human. It’s unclassified and that’s the outline I was given. The idea I incorporated into it was that this being was alone in a post-apocalyptic future and desperately trying to find other creatures to have intimacy with and could not find any. So it focused on collecting these inanimate objects and have some sort of identification of intimacy and that’s the core of the video.”

It’s darker than your usual work, is there a specific reason for that?
“I felt the track led me there. The band initially wanted to have this creature in more Eden-esque Icelandic surroundings, but I liked the concept of producing a video that was shot in Iceland but didn’t look like Iceland. As glorious as this country is, sometimes it’s nice to not have waterfalls and glaciers in every video. I really enjoy bringing in a dark element. When I’m working with The Weird Girls Project I try to project more strength – not necessarily going away from dark imagery but at least not quite as creepy. I just enjoy doing different aesthetics, really. I wanted to produce something that was in a location that was epic when you saw it and I feel like we managed to do that.”

The collective behind the music is a very secretive group. Can you tell us anything about them?
“No I can’t! It’s a completely anonymous situation and that’s how they want to maintain it as they push forward with their release, so I’m going to respect that.”

A still from the video.

The outsider perspective seems to be something of a starting point for the collective. Do you share that approach or do you bring a lot of yourself into your art?
“I bring myself very heavily into my art, more so on personal pieces like this than The Weird Girls Project. I often feel like an outsider, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a bad thing. It just means you get a different perspective. Obviously I feel a bit weird these days, because I’ve lived in Iceland for 12 years and my Englishness has fallen by the wayside in so many areas, but I’m still so frigging English compared to a lot of Icelandic reference points, culture and behaviour. So I feel a lot like an outsider in many ways. But that’s not necessarily negative.”

What motivates you to use gender as a subject in your projects?
“I’ve always found gender to be very interesting. I don’t know if it’s because I was put in a girls’ school before I was a teenager and had etiquette lessons and was taught how to get in and out of a car in a ladylike fashion. I was very much a tomboy and played football and rugby before I got put in that school and they tried to stamp it out of me. I also have a condition which causes me have very high testosterone levels for a woman and I take meds for it. When the testosterone is proactive in my system, I’m very aware of it and I think it’s probably increased my interest in what it theoretically is to be masculine or feminine, more than what it is to be a boy or a girl or whatever.

“When the testosterone is proactive in my system, I’m very aware of it and I think it’s probably increased my interest in what it theoretically is to be masculine or feminine, more than what it is to be a boy or a girl or whatever.”

When I was 17 and doing my first psychology paper I chose the topic of what was then called the third sex, basically non-gender binary. Of course The Weird Girls Project is gendered and started over a decade ago. Now I think really if I could go back and change the name I would have changed it twelve times by now. But it started from the commentary on how female figures were portrayed and the social pressure as a woman to be a certain model size. It ties into gender and I know that the Project’s name is gendered and I’m trying to make it more open to female identifying people, rather than saying it’s for women. Although at this stage I think media pressure is hitting men in a way that’s as if we haven’t learnt anything.”

What else do you have coming up?
“I’m going to be taking part in choreographer Unnur Elísabet Gunnarsdóttir’s project “Ég býð mig fram” and produce a video for her series in the next month.”

Can we expect anything from The Weird Girls Project in the coming months?
“I’m hosting a retreat in September called The Weird Experience and that is based around The Weird Girls Project ethos. There will be an episode produced shortly after in the Westfjords with people who have attended the retreat, as well as local Westfjord women.”

Can you tell us more about the retreat?
“The retreat will apply a lot of what I have learned from producing the project, along from my own development and research. As life rolls merrily by, I’ve realised more and more the importance of self-care. Making sure to take time out occasionally to realign your aims in life and figure out what’s important. Not to keep pushing through constantly as your health and wellbeing can suffer dramatically if you do not check yourself now and then. It’s a combination of reviewing your daily routine and having some helpful reminders and practical approaches to enable the women attending to leave feeling like they’ve taken a deep breath and realigned everything. There will be workshops, discussions, activities and adventures. It’s held in collaboration with The Blue Bank center in Þingeyri. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and I’m very excited!”

The Hamburger Factory
- gourmet burgers

Ok. You’re in Iceland. Most likely for the first time.

You will probably bathe in the Blue Lagoon and take a road trip to Gullfoss and
Geysir. That’s all well and good. But neither Geysir’s nor waterfalls are
something you eat. That’s why we have 15 brilliant and creative hamburgers at
The Hamburger Factory. And they are all perfectly square. Don’t miss out on
Iceland’s most beloved hamburgers.

The Hamburger Factory is Iceland’s most innovative gourmet burger chain.
Packed with burger-craving customers since it’s opening in 2010, among the
regulars is Iceland’s best known fisherman, Eric Clapton. In our restaurants we
welcome tourists with our newspaper like menu and smiley service. They are
packed with fun items and memorable connections to Icelandic pop culture.

Locations:

Omnom Chocolate
- award-winning chocolate maker

    Omnom Chocolate is an Icelandic craft chocolate company based in Reykjavík. We produce handcrafted chocolate from organic cacao beans sourced ethically and sustainably. We’ve developed direct relationships to create premium chocolate with fine flavor cacao beans.

    Our creative flavors are carefully crafted by meticulous chocolate makers. The cacao beans are roasted, winnowed, ground, and refined into melty-smooth chocolate.

    Omnom’s process is one of constant exploration, invention, and experimentation. If it doesn’t please us, if something isn’t absolutely delicious, there’s no reason to be doing it. So, we always start with our taste buds and follow our instincts. Our team searches for the finest ingredients in the world and new ways to improve chocolate. This obsession with knowing where our ingredients come from has led us around the corner to dairy farms in the Icelandic countryside and all the way to rainforest cacao farms of Nicaragua.

    In only a few short years, we’ve grown from our 50 sq. m. petrol station space and become an award-winning chocolate maker. Now, with our headquarters in 101 Reykjavík, our chocolate is sent out around Iceland and all over the world.

    At the end of the day, our goal is to make chocolate.

     

    Alfred’s Apartments
    - gay owned an operated

      Alfred’s Apartments and Alfred’s Studios is a gay operated and owned accommodation in the heart of Reykjavik.

      Alfred’s Apartments offers spacious apartments at a good price located just around the corner from Laugavegur shopping street. You can choose the apartment starting from a Small Studio for 2 persons to a large One-bedroom Apartment with balcony for 5 persons.

      Their staff will ensure your comfort during the stay and provide the most updated information about the city, gay and night life in Reykjavik.

      Each apartment has a private bathroom with a shower, fully equipped kitchen and free Wi-Fi. Guests can buy groceries at the local grocery store 50 meters from the apartments. Because of their very central location, numerous shops, restaurants and cafés are available in the surrounding area. The Church of Hallgrimur is located 350 m from the apartments, a tourist agency is just 50 m away and the nearest gay bar is less than 5 minutes walking distance.

      Laekur hostel
      In the hostel we have dorms for 4-8 persons with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. The rooms are furnished with free internet, lockers, and a USB charger by each bed. The beds have linen provided and you can rent a towel in the cafe on the ground floor for 5 EUR.

      All the dorms are mixed with both genders. You can also book a whole room with 4-8 bunker beds.

      Blue Lagoon
      - a world of wonder

      Named by National Geographic as one of the 25 Wonders of the World, the Blue Lagoon is a shimmering expanse of warmth, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Its unique geothermal seawater comes from 2000 meters within the earth where sea and fresh water converge in a tectonic frontier of porous lava and searing heat. Propelled by extreme pressure, the water ascends to the earth’s surface, emerging enriched with silica, algae, and minerals: the elements that endow Blue Lagoon geothermal seawater with its radiant, healing properties.

      From its humble beginnings in the shadows of a geothermal power plant, Blue Lagoon has evolved into a world of wonder, now encompassing a hotel, a restaurant, a luxury lounge, a renowned line of skin care, a research center, in-water massage, and a wealth of spa and refreshment facilities.

      Achieving harmony with the volcanic landscape of Iceland’s Reykjanes lava plain, the lagoon and its surrounding architecture embody the unification of the man-made and the natural, and adhere to the highest principles of sustainability.

      Blue Lagoon. A wonder of the world. A world of wonder.

      Whales of Iceland
      - larger than life

      Whales of Iceland is the largest whale exhibition in Europe (and perhaps even the world), where guests can learn about the giants of the sea in a calm and modern environment. The permanent exhibition features whales like guests have never seen them before. It is truly a giant experience.

      Landsbankinn
      - leading financial institution

      Landsbankinn is a leading Icelandic financial institution. It offers a full range of financial services and is the market leader in the Icelandic financial service sector with the largest branch network.

      The present bank was established on 7 October 2008 but the history of its predecessor dates back to 1886. The bank is owned by the National Treasury of Iceland, which holds 98.2% of its share capital, and other shareholders who own 1.8%.

      Landsbankinn’s strategy is to provide comprehensive financial services that meet customer’s needs. It emphasizes providing exemplary service to customers, developing e-banking for their convenience, increasing the efficiency of support functions, modernizing its technology and ensuring effective utilization of its balance sheet.

      The bank’s vision is to be exemplary and its role is to be a trusted financial partner.

      Special emphasis is placed on promoting a performance-oriented culture in the bank. To follow up on the implementation of this strategy, the bank has defined key goals which are measured regularly to determine progress. These goals include, for example, customer satisfaction and loyalty, profitability, cost efficiency and the correlation between risk appetite and employee satisfaction.

      Landsbankinn wishes to lead the development of a sustainable society in Iceland by integrating economic, social and environmental concerns in its operations. The Bank aims to ensure that both its owners and society at large benefit from its activities.

      It intends to achieve this aim by building solid infrastructure and a strong team of 1.100 employees, by listening to its customers and by respecting and encouraging its employees to actively participate in their community. Landsbankinn was a founding member of Festa, a Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, and is a member of the UN Global Compact.

      Landsbankinn has been a proud sponsor of the Reykjavik Pride since it was first celebrated in Iceland.

      Dohop
      - get inspired

      Dohop allows people to find the cheapest flights available with just one click. Founded in Reykjavik in 2004, it is the only Icelandic company of its kind and quickly became the go-to tool for finding cheap flights among the locals. Dohop finds the best deals among hundreds of different airlines and online travel agencies, to make sure that the user is getting the cheapest price. Dohop also offers hotel and car rental search engines, so users can make all of their travel bookings from a single website.

      Dohop‘s specialty is finding so-called “self-connect” flight options, which can save travelers money by booking a ticket through two or more different airlines. The ability to look for these self-connect option is what sets Dohop apart from its competition, as it can save people hundreds of dollars on certain routes.

      More recently, Dohop has developed a unique product called Dohop Go!, which allows users to check for the cheapest available flights from their home airport. This tool is perfect for those who are looking for travel inspiration but are not willing to overpay for their flight ticket. Dohop Go! is now available in the Dohop Flights App, both for Android and iOS, along with its traditional flight, hotel, and car search engines. “

      Macland
      - for all your Apple needs

      From starting out as a proper startup with only a good idea and the need to change things, to becoming an established company with 6 employees. Starting from scratch and expanding organically has allowed us to love our expansion and take our customers on the ride with us.

      Macland is located at Laugavegur 23 (101, Downtown Reykjavik)
      For all your Apple needs. We are here.

      Aurora Reykjavik
      - northern lights center

        Aurora Reykjavik is a Northern Lights Center situated in downtown Reykjavík at the Old Harbor next to Icelandair Hotel Marina and Vikin Maritime Museum.

        Aurora Reykjavík is Iceland’s first educational and recreational Northern Lights Center where multimedia is used to explain when, why and how the Northern Lights work, with the highlights being large HD projection of the Aurora’s. We also share myths and legends about what our ancestor thought about those mystical lights.

        The Northern Lights Center is for all ages. Children are our favorite guests and we created the exhibition in a way that children can have a look freely and parents don’t have to worry about things being broken.

        Aurora Reykjavik offers a great selection of souvenirs that are designed and made by Icelanders along with nice little coffee corner, where you can enjoy free coffee and tea while browsing through the souvenirs or just planning your next step.

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        Ísey skyr
        - once tasted never forgotten

        Our Story
        Once upon a time, 1,100 years ago in fact, Nordic settlers began arriving in Iceland. They brought with them the skills and knowledge for producing skyr. As time passed, the know-how and recipe for this nutritious food slowly faded out elsewhere in the Nordic region. Luckily, the Icelandic skyr-making tradition continued.

        For centuries, Icelandic skyr formed a cornerstone of the national diet, helping to keep people strong in living conditions that were often harsh. On family farms countrywide, it was the women who nurtured this dairy and passing on both the recipe and the original Icelandic skyr cultures from mother to daughter.

        Ísey skyr builds on this remarkable legacy. It was some of those very same women, the recipients of their mothers’ expertise, who, around 90 years ago, taught Icelandic dairy scientists the art of skyr-making. The production process is more high-tech these days, and the quality standards more rigorous. However, the basic recipe and the use of original cultures to ferment the skimmed milk remain the same. Protein rich, fat-free, creamy and delicious – Ísey skyr is as relevant to consumers now as it was all those centuries ago.
        This is our secret and you are in on it

        You can read more about Ísey skyr on our website.

        Núðluskálin
        - noodle bar

        Núðluskálin is a small gay owned and operated fusion noodle bar.

        All of our courses are individually made from fresh ingredients and therefore highly customisable.
        We offer fully Vegan versions of all courses.
        Though originally a take-away we now seat over 30 people.

        Núðluskálin is located right in the heart of Reykjavík on Skólavörðustígur 8 (street leading up to the big Church) near the junction with Laugavegur (main street).

        Seatours
        - adventure cruise

        Ferry Baldur – the gate to the West fjords
        and VikingSushi Adventure – Bird & Nature watching Tour for everyone all year around

        The “VikingSushi Adventure” is the right boat tour for travelers who are adventurous and want to experience something new – close up to the nature seafood simply doesn’t come fresher than this! The archipelago area of the Breidafjordur Bay always surprises her visitors during winter or summer with spectacular sights. Where else you get to try delicious fresh scallops and sea urchin roe straight from the ocean served with soy sauce, wasabi and ginger.

        600x400-seatours-tasting

        This old volcanic area, characterized by the typical basalt formations of the islands, is the home of countless birds. Here you will also find the strongest currents in Iceland. The VikingSushi Tour takes roughly two hours and our captain is also the tour guide.

        600x400-seatours

        The VikingSushi Tour is a true adventure through incredible nature which should not be missed by any traveler to West Iceland.

        Birds, possible to spot:
        -puffins (from the middle of April until the middle of August)
        -eider ducks
        -shags
        -kittiwakes
        -fulmars
        -white-tailed eagle

        The car ferry Baldur is the bridge to the West fjords via the island Flatey
        Ferry Baldur crosses Breidafjordur Bay daily from Stykkisholmur on the Snæfellsnes peninsula to Brjanslaekur in the north. A ferry ride considerably shortens the route between the south and mid-west of the country and the West Fjords region. It also gives you the opportunity to experience a floating restaurant.

        Take a stopover at the charming island Flatey when you are crossing the bay or go to a day tour to Flatey and back to Stykkishólmur. At Flatey are no cars allowed and between the houses of the 18th century you get the feeling of a journey back in time.

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