The video installation by IC-98 seen in Transit, functions as an architectural bass line for the whole creation. Like the surrounding nature, the work is continuously present. Slowly changing and evolving, it comments, criticizes and mirrors everything.
“IC-98’s practice in recent years has focused on addressing the environmental crisis and artistic-political methods of finding solutions to it. The animations Nekropolis (2016) and Epokhe (2017), as well as the film Omnia mutantur (2018), are allegorical descriptions of time, climate, and how environmental and cultural histories merge in different eras. On the other hand, the site-sensitive projects House of Khronos (2016–), Mare tranquillitatis (2020), IÄI(2020) and the ongoing Misi-Raaka Park of Natural Destruction (2019–) have instead of mere artistic depiction sought to create tools and zones to help a new kind of community based on the interdependence of all organisms emerge from the crisis.
The narrative of images created for Transit stems from Nekropolis, an animation which shows a cloud of carbon released into the atmosphere over a barren, rocky landscape. The dead and buried have risen to the skies, but the earth is desolate. The energy of the sun gives life, but also suppresses it. The world is ruled by the eye of Father Sky who maintains separation, distance, and well-defined borders when the survival of all living things would require touch, entanglement, rooting together, and a return to Mother Earth.
The second scene’s wide panorama explores this possibility of a new community as life rains back down to Earth. Small particles in the atmosphere turn into rocks; rocks turn into seeds and seeds into new worlds. These worlds assimilate and pollinate, grow shoots and stalks that reach towards and mutually support each other. It is as if the ancient cyclopic eye were finally dividing, infinitely.
The heat of the sun creates a whole new world and atmosphere. Everything cross-pollinates, and a community based on reaching out and rooting together emerges from these encounters and entanglements; in minerals, soil, mycorrhizal associations, between cells and within cell walls. Our human bodies are animal bodies, and our animal bodies are composed of carbon and water, supporting and being supported by myriad worlds of other organisms. We touch and we are touched, we care for each other and we are cared for. Everything in life vibrates.”
– Patrik Söderlund (IC-98)