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Q&A with the editors of Neptún

27 november 2017, Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum

Neptún is an art magazine from Reykjavik, it mainly features Icelandic artists. Editors Kolbrún þóra Löve and Helga Kjerulf both lived in Amsterdam in recent years and frequently dropped by the shop for a chat and to drop off new issues. In their latest issue they feature a couple of Amsterdam-based artists. We enjoyed a short interview and discussed the latest issue of Neptún.

(You can buy the magazine online.)

Q: How would you describe your magazine?
A: Neptún is a printed magazine focused on art and design. It was founded in Reykjavík in 2014, but for the past two years we have been based between Amsterdam and Reykjavík. We publish mostly interviews, articles and various kinds of features, primarily focused on Icelandic art and design.

Q: Which magazines inspired you when you started Neptun?
A: At the time we were inspired by stuff like Toiletpaper, Elephant and Printed Pages.

 

Q: What is your favourite article in the new issue?
A: Our interview with artist Steingrímur Eyfjörð was really fun to do. It discusses his career of 40 years, along with topics ranging from Icelandic art history, art education, children's toys in space, and so much more...

Q: The magazine is from Iceland but you work from Amsterdam - does Amsterdam have an influence on the content of the magazine?
A: Even though the focus is still very much on Icelandic art and design, we have featured a few Amsterdam-based artists. Reykjavík can be a bit of a bubble so it is nice to be exposed to things happening in other places. Plus, there are many Icelandic artists based in Amsterdam and surrounding areas.

Q: Why have you chosen the printed magazine as a format?
A: We chose the printed format because we wanted to make a physical object as opposed to just putting information up online. Reading a printed magazine is different than looking at things on the internet, the process is slower and the interaction with the content is different.

 

Q: What is the Icelandic magazine landscape like? We only have a few titles in the shop...
A: It has been growing. We recommend the Reykjavík Zine and Print fair, and we're also excited by a new magazine called Myrkfælni, which is centred around the underground music scene in Iceland. Also, we finally have a proper indie magazine shop in Reykjavík, called Books in the Back, and a new really cool design store called YPSILON, where you can find Toiletpaper mag and more.

Q: Which magazines did you recently pick up?
We just ordered the 6th issue of Listvísi, an Icelandic indie magazine that publishes content by artists about art.

(You can buy the magazine online.)

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