Day 1 - 1. July 2004
Travelling by buss. Did a last minute meeting with a local
newspaper, who took our picture while the bus driver was
helping us with our luggage. We're on our way to the
airport, making the last preparations as we go, Rolf had
to buy a sleepingbag, and Tor is working on the website
without a sleeping bag. The journey has begun!     
The flight went well, we played cards (UNO), and Tore
had some issues about the stewardesses being rude to
him. Now we're heading to Karolines, where we're
staying the night (all of us, save Katrine and Alex).
       
Tord the light technician is joining us tonight, and
we'll meet Cecilie in Copenhagen tomorrow. Then we're
heading for our final destination Iceland!
We're spending the three first days in Reykjavik, as
a little holiday before we get down to business.
I think we're all looking forward to spending some time
together, seeing some sights and visiting The Blue
Lagoon. Katrine is the only one of us who has been to
Reykjavik before, and she says it's great.
The rest of us - we just take her word for it... till
tomorrow, that is! WE'RE GOING TO ICELAND!!!
               
       
Day 2 - 2. July 2004
Got up at about 5.30 this morning, to catch the
flight. Tired, a bit moody and not very talkative, we
got to the airport. Now, eight hours later, we've had
two half-decent flight meals, and gotten some more
sleep, and we're ready for Iceland, on which we will
be landing in 30 minutes time. All the Icelandic
stewardess are really tall, and Tord the musician has
already expressed his surprise at their lack of blond
hair.
       
City life
Today we have been walking in Reykjavik
(Main street, mostly) Shopping, dining, drinking. In
the evening we met with Olafur, the icelandic leader
of the project, it was a very nice and promising
meeting. Olafur is a good man for the project.
              
Day 3 - 3. July 2004
Despite a late night yesterday, everybody at
Guesthouse 101 was up and about at 08.30 this morning
and we spent two hours at Heitur Pottir, and then we
had the mother of all breakfasts before scattering all
over town for cultural events/sights. Some of us has
visited Hallgrimskirkja, others went to "Klink & Bank"
to investigate the hottest in underground contemporary
art. There we met Erik Bugge and Trym Ivar Bergsmo,
two men who has been a great inspiration for
Silent Island.
     
Day 4 - 4. July 2004
”The Blue Lagoon, a pool of natural,
mineral-rich, geothermal water, is a unique
wonder of nature” Even here, bobbing around
in bright blue water, we’re working on Silent
Island, We had a meeting about the website in
a Blue Lagoon grotto.. Now Katrine is meeting
Olafur, to plan the details of the project.
This is our last night in Reykjavik, and we’ve
got lots of different things planned;
Going to the movies, visiting the churchtower
of Hallgrimskirkja, seing Metallica....
But most of all; EATING!
Day 5 - 5. July 2004
Words can’t describe!
Heimaey is without doubt the most fascinating
place I have EVER seen! It’s wild, wonderous and
totally awesome(to put it in the American way)
After arriving to the island and having eaten, the
group from Heimaey took us on a round trip that
included volcano-sightseeing, ghost stories and an
elephant; the Sungod is pleased and the games silly.
We had brief presentations of ourselves, our
countries and our work, and bonds are being made.
As of tonight, one of the Icelandic delegates is also
posting texts on the site. The project is officially
started, and it’s all uphill from here!
Day 6 - 6. July 2004
You can get a surprisingly good night sleep,
sharing a room with 23 people. We’re organized
by now, divided into groups for cooking and
cleaning for the rest of the project. This
morning we got to know the floor, much better
than most people do. We also got to know each
other better; working across boarders and
pushing personal boundaries.

We have seen Alexander as a dancing fishing
hook in a Marmæl-ballett, and Zindri has given
voice to a whole of five people in less than 10
minutes. We’ve done lots of drama exercises,
finally learned each other’s names, and we feel
prepared for the days to come. Some time
tomorrow we’re leaving for Bjarnarey
(our Silent Island), from which we’ll all
return with Puffin lice. Due to our lack of
technical and electronical devices, there
won’t be any updates for the next for days
Till then, we’ll be eating spaghetti on the
wrong island.
         
                

                    
Time spent on the silent island

Vestmannaeyjar consists of many islands; all of them
		ragged mountains, often covered with grass. When
		we arrived to Bjarnarey we faced high cliffs and the
		danger of Puffin lice. We had to climb up by rope, and
		only four at a time. Not for people scared of heights….
		The feeling of solitude; one house and 300 000 Puffins.
		And some sheep. Everywhere you turn, there are high
		cliffs, and you can’t reach the sea!
     
You’re a prisoner of nature, and you grasp to the full
		extent that you exist on its terms, constantly with the
		somewhat uneasy feeling of not knowing the time.
		You’re relying on other people to come pick you up;
		you’re stranded on a deserted island, surrounded by
		the massive forces of nature. The four elements are
		fighting for your attention, and you discover new
		aspects of yourself, sitting several hundred meters
		above the sea, crying for the people you love.
       
The island is mocking us, you hate it, and love it, and
		for those reasons it binds you to it. Somehow I’m still
		there. You can find the feeling of flying, and the sensation
		of drowning in birds. The wind is in your hair, and gives
		hope and the feel of the sea. You can find yourself or
		somebody else. Or go looking for a straw standing still
    
Things to do when there is nothing to do:
Find a place in the  grass,  look towards the sky, tumble
around untill you fall. Collect all my tears walk towards the
edge and throw them in the ocean. Find a way to make all
the birds be silent. Find a straw that is still. Tell all your
worries to a puffin kindly ask it to fly far away. Find a tree,
give it a hug. When you discover that there are no trees
here, go home. Find a flower, smile at it.
     
Silent words from the books we got at Bjarnarey:
      
- Time flies when you don’t know what time it is.
  There isn’t any room to be bored.
     
- Not having a camera here is physically painful
  Everything was blue, and on the other side was
  Heimaey. It was incredibly beautiful.
      
- I feel like a prisoner here. I can feel the ocean on the air,
  but I can’t reach it
     
- I feel like I’m on top of the world
     
- The sound from the sea is really loud
     
- I can’t survive without silence. Too much silence will kill
  me. The silence has more impact when more people
  share it. You feel like singing, but there aren’t any songs
  beautiful or powerful enough. Where’s poetry when you
  need it?
       
Things to do when there is nothing to do:
      
- Find a place in the  grass,  look towards the sky,
  tumble around untill you fall
      
- Collect all my tears walk towards the edge and
  throw them in the ocean
     
- Find a way to make all the birds be silent
      
- Find a straw that is still
      
- Tell all your worries to a puffin kindly ask it to fly
  far away
     
- Finn et tre, give it a hug. When you discover that
  there are no trees here, go home.
       
- Find a flower, smile at it    
       
Silent words from the books they wrote in
Bjarnaey:
    
- Time flies when you don’t know what time it is.
     
- There isen’t any roo m  to be bored
     
- Not having a camera here is physically painful
     
- Everything was blue, and on the other side was 
  Heimaey. It was incredibly beautiful
     
- I feel like a prisoner here. I can feel the ocean on
  the air, but I can’t reach itI feel like I’m on top of
  the world
     
- The sound from the sea is really loud I can’t survive
  without silence.
    
- Too much silence will kill me
DAY  11 - 11. July 2004
Safe and sound back from the island, we’ve
started on the process of making the
performance. We’ve shared feelings, ideas
and sentences from the books we got from
Katrine. There’s been dancing, crawling and
a whole lot of balance, chanting, shouting
and violence. Now there’s a relaxed feeling in
the group, all the potential anger and
frustration has vanished. Tonight we’re finally
getting Vélasalur, which is the place we’re
doing the performance at.

We just have to clear out an exhibition first.
The long nights of work have started, and
some of us have moved back to the Youthclub
after enjoying a few nights of Icelandic hospitality.
We have been offered to stay longer if we like, and
some of us will definitely take up on that offer.
I’ve been holding my breath for three days,
afraid to let the feeling go.
        
DAY 12 - 12. July 2004
The Day is drawing nearer. This has been the
longest day of the project, and we worked until
half past midnight. We finally have the
performance, and even better; it's really good!
We're starting early tomorrow, in order to fit in
a couple of run-throughs before the show at
20.30.
        
And after that, we're having dinner with
the mayor of Heimaey. Smoked Puffin, which
supposedly is better that the cooked kind we
ate today, with various success. Some thought
the Puffin too cute to be eaten, others ate it
because of their cuteness. Currently eating
Puffins on the wrong island...
     
DAY 13 - 13. July 2004
We're all very tired, but also very excited. We just
got a three hour break for rest and recreation, or
Heitur Pottur, if one wants. After two run-throughs,
it's nice to have some fruit, and a few minutes to
collect your thoughts. The group has established
a good chemestry, and we're working really well
together. It's almost a shame the Norwegians and
Faroese are leaving in the morning.
           
After the show
High on applause! The performance went great,
and the Icelandic audience is blown away. Just
like the project promised, there's a lot of energy,
and the themes are well covered. Prenouncing
some of the texts from our private thoughts from
the island. We gave them light and dark, love and
hate and not to mention noise and silence. 
The circle has been closed, and in the circle
there's no beginning and no end.
       
DAY 14 - 14. July 2004
Currently snacking at Kringla, the largest mall in Iceland. We left Heimaey this morning, after, of course, a final visit to Heitur Pottur. It was a somewhat late night yesterday, at ten o'clock we had dinner with representatives from the city counsel, and everybody exchanged gifts.
We gave away books on Northern Lights, and Vesterålen, and recieved some lovely Puffin-candles, after ironically enough, having eaten smoked Puffin. We celebrated the end of this part of Silent Island, and discussed the possibility of a next part,
maybe on the Faroe Islands. Then we had a short and sweet afterparty at Andres, who we finally met again. Hopefully not for the last time. As goes to the wonderful people of Heimaey, and our friends from the Faroe Islands.
The silence grows, the more who share it....