(2003-) IC is a way to interpret the ways traditional manufacturing industries are going through changes.The term is meant to illustrate ways that traditional manufacturing industries throughout the Western world are aesthetizised in novel ways. IC can illustrate a number of processes of change in the industrial milieu and can be used to show how people are starting to look with new eyes at old factories. During the last years several people have been working with IC and contributed with electronic music, video art, graphic design and performances.
I’ve written a number of texts on the topic (see the Writings-page), and the concept also include the experimental film Sugar Added – Further dimensions of Industrial Cool and the CD-album IC1 – The Birth of Industrial Cool (both 2004). For info: IC . A spin-off project was Skiftet (The Shift) which is presented at a separate page in the Portfolio section.
The project and concept has been presented in various places, eg. at the Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology, in Stockholm. March 27th 2004. During an evening the museum had IC as it’s major event, with a dance performance, inspired by the movie Sugar added, four live concerts, and a lecture on the ideas behind Industrial Cool.
Swedish national television broadcasted an hour long feature on Industrial Cool. February 26th 2007, Kunskapskanalen: Mera kultur.
Industrial Cool was the departure point and inspiration for a 4 month undergraduate course at The Department of Interior Architecture and Furniture Design at Konstfack (University College of Arts, Crafts and Design) in Stockholm during Autumn 2007.The students produced proposals of a rework of an old industrial estate in the town Eskilstuna. I held an inspirational lecture to start off the course.
In collaboration with New Media Meeting September 21-22 2007The Museum of Work in Norrköping arranged a smaller live version of the IC1-concept, called “Sound of Norrköping”. Sounds were recorded in factories and workplaces around the city, these were then transformed, interpreted and performed by electronica artist Christian Björklund. Dancer Emilie Bardon did a dance performance to the music. During the event I lectured on the Industrial Cool-concept and took part in the musical performance.
In 2008 I finished a book in Swedish about Industrial Cool. The book can be downloaded as pdf from it’s dedicated site. There’s also a soundtrack for the book, images and a blog on IC.