Since 2016, The Icelandic Love Corporation has amongst other, worked with clairvoyant mediums, as a part of the conceptual starting point for 3 mayor art projects. They call this method, Medium - Medium, and will in this lecture discuss how it came along, and how they have expanded they’re collaboration by inviting people from other art fields to come and join them momentarily to realise they’re ideas for these projects. On the 25. Of January they premiered the film,Vagus Symphony, with live music of Iceland Symphony Orchestra in Eldborg, Harpa, they’re biggest work in 28 years of they’re collaboration, where the collaborators where from different fields like composers, film makers, actors, dancers and a gymnastics group.
The visual artists Jóní Jónsdóttir and Eirún Sigurðardóttir are the current members of the art collective The Icelandic Love Corporation (ILC) an art group established in 1996 by Jóní, Eirún and Sigrún Hrólfsdóttir. Sigrún was a member from 1996-2016 and Dóra Ísleifsdóttir was a member from 1996-2001.
Jóní and Eirún graduated from The Icelandic Collage of Arts and Crafts in 1996. Jóní studied at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts 1997-1999 and graduated with MA.Ed. in Art Education from Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2011. Eirún studied at Berlin University of the Arts 1996-1998 and graduated in 2014 from the University of Iceland with a postgraduate Diploma in Applied Gender Studies.
The Icelandic Love Corporation has actively and successfully worked in the field of visual art, both at home and abroad, using nearly all possible media—including performance, video, photography, and installation—the ILC confronts the seriousness of the world with works that blend playfulness, humor and spectacle with refreshing genuineness and subtle social critique that often incorporates ideas of traditional femininity, with feministic approach.
ILC´s Interdisciplinary art led them to collaborate with Björk Guðmundsdóttir for her Volta album in 2007 and a wide range of other collaborations e.g. GusGus, Ensemble Adapter, Ragnar Kjartansson and Kiyoshi Yamamoto.
They’re works have been exhibited internationally, e.g. at ARoS Kunstmuseum Denmark, MoMA Museum of Modern Art New York, The Schirn Kunsthalle Germany, Kunsthalle Wien Vienna, Amos Anderson Art Museum Helsinki and Lilith Performance Studio Sweden.
ILC was shortlisted for Icelandic Pavilion for the Venice Biennale 2017 and nominated the Art group of Reykjavík by Reykjavík City’s Department of Culture and Tourism in 2018.
The Icelandic Love Corporation is presented by
Gallery Gudmundsdottir, Berlin, Germany
Listval Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland
Pinksummer Contemporary Art, Genova, Italy
Photo credit: Vagus Symphony, visual art for a symphony orchestra, 2024
Documentary still from the premiere at Harpa Concert Hall with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra by Saga Sig.