Artist bioIC-98 (originally Iconoclast, founded in 1998) is an artist duo comprising
Visa Suonpää (b. 1968) and Patrik Söderlund (b. 1974).
IC-98 projects take the form of installations combining research, text, drawing and animation. They are best known for their animated film installations, which combine classical drawing and digital effects, often depicting landscapes shaped by interlaced forces of nature and technology, navigation and exploitation, climate and migration.
IC-98’s intensely abstracted, readily identifiable visual language weaves myriad bridges between the material and mythical, the individual and the collective, nature and culture. Their work is rooted in investigations into the body politic, social formations, architectural constructions, different ecologies and the presence of human and natural history in everyday life. They often collaborate closely with other arts professionals such as poets, composers and architects.
IC-98 has exhibited extensively internationally. They represented Finland at the Venice Art Biennale 2015. IC-98’s recent solo exhibitions include shows at Röda Sten Konsthall, Gothenburg, Sweden (2016), Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland, and Helsinki Art Museum, Finland, and previous appearances in Conde Duque Madrid, Spain (2014), Beaconsfield, London UK (2014) and Turku Art Museum, Finland (2013). Their works have been presented in numerous group exhibitions, most recently at the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany (2014), Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City (2014), Quartair, Netherlands (2014), Moonshin Museum, South Korea (2014), Kiasma, Helsinki (2014), MAMba, Argentina (2012), Reykjavik Arts Festival (2012), KUMU Art Museum, Estonia (2012), Loft Project Etagi, St Petersburg (2011), IPCNY, New York (2011). IC-98 has also had solo art fair presentations at Moving the Image Art Fair, New York (2015), ARCOmadrid (2014), Volta, New York (2013) and Volta, Basel (2012). Works by IC-98 are found in numerous private and public collections in the Nordic countries. IC-98’s prize-winning self-publishing initiative, Iconoclast Publications, has brought out 16 publications to date.
Currently IC-98 is in the pre-production phase of their first live action film due to be released in 2017 by Elokuvayhtiö Testifilmi Oy, which they founded together with Mika Taanila and Jussi Eerola. The Kingdom of Birds follows the sole survivor of an undefined ecological apocalypse as he lives through his last day on earth. The film is loosely based on the highly controversial oeuvre of Finnish deep ecologist, ornithologist and fisherman Pentti Linkola, whose life and thought can be summed in the paradox: “How can a person reconcile his hatred of humankind with his love of human beings.”
IC-98 OnlineIC-98 Website: www.socialtoolbox.com
IC-98 on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/ic98
Elokuvayhtiö Testifilmi Oy
Elokuvayhtiö Testifilmi Oy is a Helsinki-based production company focusing on ambitious film art, emphasizing the vast potential of cinematic possibilities over traditional storytelling. The company was founded in 2015 by IC-98, Mika Taanila and Jussi Eerola. www.testifilmi.fi
IC-98: Hours, Years, Aeons – Moving Images and Other Projects 1998–2015
Publication date: 2015 Hardback, 176 pages
Editors: Taru Elfving & Patrik Söderlund
Publisher: Frame Visual Art Finland
ISBN 978-952-68337-0-5 (hardback)
ISBN 978-952-68337-1-2 (PDF)
Online edition: http://issuu.com/framefinland/docs/ic98_hoursyearsaeons_1_
Published on the occasion of the 56 International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia in 2015, the artist monograph Hours, Years, Aeons – Moving Images and Other Projects 1998–2015 maps out the practice of artist duo IC-98 over the past two decades. The introduction by Curator Taru Elfving serves as a bridge to their site-specific work in Venice, followed by an essay by Professor Jukka Sihvonen, which guides readers through the conceptual labyrinth formed by their earlier works. A comprehensive selection of IC-98’s moving images, installations and publications is presented by the artists, while an interview by Critic Martin Herbert delves into the wealth of cross-disciplinary cultural references and research that inform their oeuvre.
The monograph is available online at Issuu
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