Abendland (Hours, Years, Aeons) by IC-98 makes its festival premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival

Abendland (Hours, Years, Aeons) by Finnish contemporary artist duo IC-98 (Patrik Söderlund and Visa Suonpää), will have its festival premiere in the Short Film Program at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Earlier this year, Abendland, (Hours, Years, Aeons), a pencil-drawn digital animation, represented Finland as part of a mixed-media installation in the Finnish Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale.

Set in a post-human era, Abendland (Hours, Years, Aeons) peers into the future with a deep time perspective. It guides viewers into another plane of temporality: Deep time begins to resonate through fleeting cycles of life, and space appears as infinite dark matter. Here may stand not the last man, but the last tree, left standing alone to spin yarns of the past into a distant future.

“It is wonderful and a bit surprising, too, that the drawn animations that we created to be presented above all as media installations are attracting attention in the field of cinema. Currently, we are at the pre-production stage of our first fiction film The Kingdom of Birds. Hours, Years, Aeons was selected for the Sundance Film Festival at an ideal time for us,” says Patrik Söderlund of IC-98.

IC-98 is an artist duo comprising Visa Suonpää (b. 1968) and Patrik Söderlund (b. 1974). Their solo exhibition Drawn into Tomorrow is currently on show at Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland, UK. Their solo exhibition will be seen at the Röda Sten Konsthall in Gothenburg, Sweden in spring 2016.

IC-98 has exhibited extensively both in Finland and internationally. Their solo exhibitions include Conde Duque, Madrid, Spain (2014), Beacons Field, London, UK (2014) and Turku Art Museum, Finland (2013). Their works have been presented in numerous group exhibitions, most recently at Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany (2014), Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City (2014), Quartair, Netherlands (2014), Moonshin Museum, South Korea (2014) and Kiasma, Helsinki (2014).

The Sundance Film Festival takes place on 21–31 January in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah, The United States. The festival is one of the world’s premiere places to debut new independent films. Over the course of its more than 30-year history it has launched films including Whiplash, Boyhood, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Little Miss Sunshine, sex, lies, and videotape, Reservoir Dogs, and Napoleon Dynamite.
For more information, please contact:

Patrik Söderlund, patrik.soderlund@gmail.com
Heljä Franssila, Head of Communication, Frame Visual Art Finland, +358 44 728 9908, helja.franssila@frame-finland.fi

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