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Social reflection takes poetic form in the melancholy works of IC-98. The duo’s recent work has dealt with the relationship between living and inanimate nature and the future themes of environmental destruction and the post-human world.

Several of IC-98’s recent works deal with nature taking over an abandoned man-made environment. These natural processes, the relationship between living and inanimate nature, and the future of environmental destruction and the post-human world are highlighted as important themes in the works. The duo’s work during the latter part of the 2010s draws on post-humanist thinking in which the anthropocentric view of the world is considered in a critical way. The enduring landscapes of the dark and melancholic works reflect natural history in a human time span.

IC-98 is best known for its animations that combine classic pencil drawing with digital effects. The end results are slow-moving, poetic images. Their contemplative works can be produced in very diverse material forms: During a career that spans 20 years, the duo has produced artist books, site- and context-specific projects and interventions, films and commissions.

IC-98 was set up in 1998 by Patrik Söderlund (b. 1974) and Visa Suonpää (b. 1968). Their backgrounds are in cultural studies and the visual arts. In their works they combine scientific research, philosophy, ecology and social thinking. For the duo, it is important that their artistic work is rooted into the world and is in dialogue with historical, social and political realities. IC-98 collaborates with a wide range of professionals in the arts and sciences.

Photos: Matti Pyykkö