IOCOSE

IOCOSE INTERVIEW

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ABOUT

IOCOSE is composed by Matteo Cremonesi, Filippo Cuttica, Davide Prati and Paolo Ruffino.

These artists, with their artworks create a Post-Fail aesthetic that investigates the sclerotic dissolution of optimistic forecasts about the future.

The collective exists and works only through digital communication; the artists live in three different cities and, at the same time, they show how the tools, that permit to realize their works, are able to change economic, industrial and subjectivity production processes.

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↓ INTERVIEW BELOW

 

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Let’s  introduce you, can you describe yourself in few words?

We are four Italian guys, in the 32-34 age range.

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How did you come up with this collaboration?

After a party in Bologna, Italy. It was August. Friends in common invited us, we met there. We do not remember that evening, but it was fun. it was more than ten years ago and it was incredibly hot.

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Which are the artists you see with more interest or that have influenced your works?

It is difficult to say who has influenced our work. Probably a lot of people that we do not even know. We like a lot of artists, but randomly picking a few artists out of a long list we would say: Trevor Paglen, Piero Manzoni, John Baldessarri.

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IOCOSE, SCANDALE PROJECT, artist, contemporary artist, emerging artist, art installation, visual art, photography, photographer, art exhibition, exhibition view, creation, artist, contemporary art, Interview, groupshow, group show, art scandal project, scandaleproject,

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Your works speak about the problematic of post-internet era but you live in three different cities so your works is born with the support of internet media, how do you  experience this contraction? Is it useful in relationship with your creative process?

No, it is not useful. We would definitely work better face to face, in a restaurant, in front of a plate of chipirones and with a glass of wine. Although if we were there, we would probably not work at all. We think of IOCOSE as a kind of catalyst of comfort and discomfort. Whenever comfort accumulates above a certain threshold (for instance, by enjoying a nice vernissage, being invited to a fancy place), discomfort kicks in and balances the level of comfort/discomfort. This balance of comfort and discomfort determines the creative energy in the group. It’s a karma sort of thing. Usually, anything that happens on the Internet, such as emails, Skype calls, or even this interview, raises the discomfort bar. But that’s OK, it will bring waves of comfort later on, somehow. By the way, we live in four different cities now, not three (we have decided to make things even more complicated).

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Your manifesto “Art after failure: an artistic manifesto from the city of Bangalore”  is one of the most lucid essay about the technologic influence on real live. In your opinion, is there a way to escape from this condition of total submission of life under the technologic improvement?

It is not necessarily a matter of escaping from it. How would anyone do that, anyway? What is life outside of such a submission? It is not even a submission. We wanted to offer our understanding of the situation and make a statement. The statement maybe was a bit too long, although we still think it is quite bold. The future is just a story that is narrated in the present, and this is fine for us, we can deal with this situation. Because the future is really important, but at the same it reads like a novel, and the novel could reveal to be tragically dystopian if we are not careful.

IOCOSE, SCANDALE PROJECT, artist, contemporary artist, emerging artist, art installation, visual art, photography, photographer, art exhibition, exhibition view, creation, artist, contemporary art, Interview, groupshow, group show, art scandal project, scandaleproject,

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Your artworks are very different from one another,  however  I think there is always a research to take over  the contraction of our time, and you do this in a very efficacious way. Which is the cut-off point of senselessness that you still can’t translate into an artworks?

Wow, this is deep and difficult to answer and we simply don’t know. If we think too intensively about this question we would probably stop making art. With the Post-Fail manifesto we have been trying to rationalise the spirit of our production, but it is always in progress and in the making.

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With your artworks, you create an aesthetic of failure, but is it a failure of the human, of the technology or of the relations between them? 

There is no difference!

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I find your works extremely powerful political acts, are they meant to be also this?

Political acts are in the eyes of the beholder!

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Art is ?

We had to Google this one… Google suggests ‘Art is long life is short’. We take it.

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IOCOSE, SCANDALE PROJECT, artist, contemporary artist, emerging artist, art installation, visual art, photography, photographer, art exhibition, exhibition view, creation, artist, contemporary art, Interview, groupshow, group show, art scandal project, scandaleproject,.

Photographs courtesy of the artists.

Questions and interview of Dario Moalli.