IC -98 è il nome del duo artistico che rappresenterà la Finlandia alla prossima Biennale di Venezia nel 2015.
La sigla rappresentativa degli artisti Visa Suonpää e Patrik Söderlund che inizialmente, quando si fondarono nel 1998, si chiamavano "Iconoclast", trasformato poi nella sigla IC-98.
Attualmente sono in mostra presso la galleria Beaconsfield di Londra (da cui la foto)
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Based in Turku, Finland, IC-98 is Visa Suonpää (b. 1968) and Patrik Söderlund (b. 1974). In 2015, IC-98 will represent Finland in the Venice Biennale.
IC-98 (originally 'Iconoclast', founded in 1998) aims to realize its objectives typically in collaborations, drawings, animations and books. The objectives are not programmatic, nor are the messages unequivocal – on the contrary, they are in constant movement towards the intersections of individual intuition and mutual agreements – the ideal is a free space of thought. IC-98 is interested in events, which did not take place, fantastic connections between things, heresies and pure systems of thought, the presence of history in everyday life, the body politic, social formations and architectural constructions, control mechanism and techniques of escaping them.
The medium of choice always follows strategically the context, its history and present situation, and the objectives in question. In practice, traditional research is combined with intuitive, subjective and personal considerations. The drawings, animations and books (the typical but not only mediums of choice) are ambiguous mashups constructed from diverse sources of information. They are stages or stagings, tableaux vivants, a theatre where the world according to IC-98 is played out. All IC-98 projects can be characterized as narrative constructs, blueprints of the possible or scripts for action. They try not to close on themselves but to act as condensations of diverse fluxes, both linguistic and affective – they open up to point something out or to bring something together, like expanded collages. IC-98 strives for an expressive quality, which retains traces of incompleteness, a process or becoming – it is a language but a language which stutters, which has obscurities and strange gaps, a cartography that escapes pure reason. In general, what IC-98 is after is the virtual.