The Icelandic surrealist group Medúsa published the magazine Geltandi vatn (Barking Water) in 1985. Only one issue was published. It included a manifest, one paragraph reads as follows: “Barking Water is published by Medúsa and is our advocate and the microphone of our passions. From here, we will crush everything that tries to stop us from making an appointment with life. The rebellion of the Elements can no longer wait. We have to throw everything away so that we can get free from the ethics of police and priests and seek new ways of life ... ” In the magazine there is an open letter to Steingrímur Hermannsson, then prime minister of Iceland, and another letter to American surrealist Ted Joans. The second issue of Barking Water was ready for printing in April 1985 but was not released and will be published for the first time on Andre Breton´s birthday 18 February, in a limited edition.
Here you can see a few pages. Among the topics in that second issue is an open letter to the National and University Library of Iceland, signed by Jóhannes Óskarsson – Jóhamar, a poem by Þór Eldon, a comic strip by Þorsteinn Sigurður Guðjónsson, some gossip by Dagur Sigurðarson and a short story by Björk. A small exhibition with Medúsa publications; poetry books, audio recordings, short stories, magazines, postcards, posters and leaflets is now on display in the library.