Mesmerizing photos of Iceland from Emmanuel Coupe-Kalomiris that look like they could be viewed through either a microscope or airplane window. Via WIRED. Photo: Emmanuel Coupe-Kalomiris

“I was wondering about how rational we are as humans. Where does this come from? Where does this need, this addiction come from?”

Andri Magnason is an Icelandic writer who co-directed the documentary film Dreamland, about a massive industrial project in Iceland that exposed some ugly truths about politics, industry and so-called green energy. He studies what seem like cycles of endless growth simply for growth’s sake. 

'Ísland' is a self-reflexive piece about Ryan Walker’s interaction with the land, people and culture of Iceland. Shot during the midnight sun in June 2012.

We were there and we are nostalgic. 

In Iceland we have 50 words for ‘dying’ and only two for ‘living.’ We are hard wired for resilience.
Margrét Pála of Iceland who advocates discipline to develop optimism, courage and resiliency in young children.
My greatest fear is that children will not have a chance because of lack of adversity. We need adversity to be the best people we can be.
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Valgeir Sigurðsson - Architecture of Loss

The song from the fittingly titled Architecture of Loss (download it here)is a dark and writhing battle between two opposing structures: atmospheric cello drones make up a stormy, domed sky, against which it seems a frustrated, forlorn being throws firecrackers in the hope of making his dent on the world. One catches a cirrus streak, and the whole thing goes off.

Valgeir Sigurðsson (PopTech Iceland) is a composer, producer, engineer, musician and founder of Greenhouse Studios and the Bedroom Community record label, based in Reykjavík, Iceland. Sigurðsson has a new album due out on September 24, 2012.  

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Watch now: From the Icelandic food store chain, Bonus, to the midnight sun, everyday Iceland inspires writer Andri Magnason. His poetry and children’s books reflect his deep connection to his homeland as does the way he’s schooled himself—and the public—on preserving Iceland’s beauty and natural resources.

Watch now: Icelandic five-piece band amiina got their start as the string section for the legendary Sigur Ros and took the PopTech stage with a glockenspiel, a musical saw, a couple of violins, drums, and a laptop. The result? Seventeen minutes of complex, sweetly innocent music that we think will brighten your day.

Oh! amiina will be at PopTech Camden 2012! Secure your ticket here

Oooh! Here’s a free collection of MP3s from Alexi Murdoch, Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nico Muhly commemorating their collaboration at the PopTech conference in Reykjavik.

Watch now: Silja Ómarsdóttir on rewriting Iceland’s constitution.

Silja Ómarsdóttir was one of 25 people tapped to rewrite Iceland’s constitution after the country’s financial meltdown in 2008. She details how the citizens of Iceland reacted to the bank collapse and the eventual response from the government, which included updating the country’s constitution. Ómarsdóttir explains the constitution creation process and what it meant to overhaul the constitution, with considerable public input, in four months.