MEDITATIONS ON THE ANTHROPOCENE
28 January–23 April 2017
(closed 15/16 March)
Preview: Friday 27 January 6-8pm
Meditations on the Anthropocene continues an ongoing relationship between Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall and Finnish artist duo IC-98 – Patrik Söderlund (b. 1974) and Visa Suonpää (b. 1968) – whose projects combine research, text, drawing and animation.
The exhibition profiles IC-98’s most recent work, Nekropolis, 2016, Epokhe (The Last Sixth of the Final Hour), 2016 and Abendland (Hours, Years, Aeons), a work commissioned to represent Finland at La Biennale di Venice, 2015. The show includes screenings of earlier works as part of BGV’s FlatScreen Programme in the Ragged Canteen, providing an overview of IC-98’s long-term engagement with the impact of human intervention in the natural world and concepts of global deep memory.
Meditations on the Anthropocene provides context for and coincides with IC-98’s commission for Victoria & Albert Museum London (1-7 February 2017). The V&A commission is made in collaboration with textile artist Kustaa Saksi for the festival Collecting Europe that imagines a view of Europe 2000 years from now.
IC-98 is best known for 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. The artists are concurrently developing site-specific, long-duration environmental projects involving landscape and plant life.
excerpt, Abendland (Hours, Years, Aeons), 2015