What

The Curious Case is an ongoing film and photography series that explores the things that people do; The curious and daily activities that people devote their time to at work, at home and in the surrounding environment. The project is by filmmakers Karna Sigurðardóttir and Sebastian Ziegler and was initiated in 2012 in Vopnafjörður, Iceland in collaboration with Vopnafjörður Council and Magnús Már Þorvaldsson.

On this website are the first hints of stories which we found during our initial research in Vopnafjörður in winter 2012/2013. A film built on the project will be released in autumn 2014. And another curious case is that of Andenes.

Where

All this happens in the curious fjord of Vopnafjörður which sits right by the edge of the Arctic circle, in North East Iceland. The Vopnafjörður community counts 670 inhabitants (672 including us) which is spread between a small fjord village and the surrounding wide and open farmland. The stories are found and observed in the homes of the generous people of Vopnafjörður, at their working places, in recreation centres and sanctuaries, in the mountains and on the ocean. The ever present ocean.

On the edge of the Arcticus

On the edge of the Arcticus

Why

Because people are too interesting to let them unnoticed. Visual tales of people’s activities, philosophies, obsessions, possessions and obstructions reveal the spirit of the Vopnafjörður people and culture as the dark winter time surrounds the community. Daily activities are often hidden as there appears to be little reason to show them or share, yet it is these moments that we believe to be a source of poetry.

A bird standing on a rock

A bird standing on a rock

Who

The Curious Case of Vopnafjörður was initiated by Vopnafjörður Council in 2012 and is overseered by Magnús Már Þorvaldsson. The content is created and produced by Karna Sigurðardóttir & Sebastian Ziegler, together with the community in Vopnafjörður. The project is supported by the East Iceland Cultural Council.

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Magnus having a quick break at his desk for a quick chat.

Karna and Sebastian in Vopnafjörður, with a dog.

Karna and Sebastian in Vopnafjörður, with a dog.