Interview: John Lunquist Coey & Fredrik Sundqvist
Luca Curci talks with John Lunquist Coey & Fredrik Sundqvist during ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL 2019 – VISIONS at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi and at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
After living in New Zealand and London, John moved to Sweden where he first crossed paths with Fredrik at a creative hub in the capital Stockholm. The artistic duos run-in would quickly spur into a partnership that persisted through new frontiers within digital art and video, fueling an emerging interest in technology and communication. Experiments with electricity-songwriting and harnesspainting would later lay the groundwork for the pairs burgeoning medium of video art. In terms of creation, they refuse to comply to a single process or technique. Instead the duo often turns to new fields of craft and in doing so, often merge forms and absurdist content into their work. According to JojoFred, art can truly begin and end anywhere. Let it be a physical space, like a supermarket, garden shed or a delayed subway train. It’s all about a moment of self-discovery, a thought that needs to become a tangible.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
John Lunquist Coey & Fredrik Sundqvist – There is a distinction between creating art and experiencing it. Creating art, for us, is about finding
new ways of connecting those weird looking pink dots. Doing things in a new, raw, original way and always trying to take it a step further than your mind thought possible. Depending on what you’re trying to say, a piece can take any conceivable form, there really is no limit. And how you say it is really what distinguishes you. Art gives us energy, it refuels us. The strength is if it’s portrayed in a new way, that’s how you get a different kind of refueling.
LC – What are you currently working on?
JLC & FS – Right now, without giving too much away, we are focusing on human blood, the politics surrounding this body fluid have really caught our attention. There are aspects of blood that we are about to explore and dive deeper into. There is still controversy surrounding red cells, white cells, platelets, and plasma.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in the society? And the contemporary art?
JLC & FS – An artist should awaken his or her environment, be it feelings, a sense of urgency, injustice or love. To drive people to act or to awake a new thought, turning people in directions where they can’t turn themselves. We don’t really see a distinction between what tools are used to accomplish this feat.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
JLC & FS – Experiencing a lot will ultimately lead to new insight, new thoughts and ideas. Being mugged under a bridge in France or standing at a gasstation in Sweden, it doesn’t really matter, everything counts. Fredriks grandma and Buzz Aldrin are also great inspirations.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
JLC & FS – As a creative duo we never really run into a fence of doubts in our work. It might have to do with the fact that we never really begin or end anything. The only creative journey or process we have embarked is life. We simply follow our feelings and truly accept what happens with our work, every step of the way.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?
JLC & FS – It’s fantastic to see how people can think so differently, creating such diversity in thought and soul is really an accomplishment. We are really in bewildered awe in the presence of passionate creativity.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
JLC & FS – A platform for pure expression that really can’t be understood until you fully delve into it and
experience it for yourself, this is the world of contemporary art, but it is also a world of new evoking thoughts and a refueling of oneself.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
JLC & FS – Portraying or revealing a piece can be a tormenting situation, so it is with upmost gratitude that we were given such hospitality and assistance. It made the experience stronger and more beautiful.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
JLC & FS – Absolutely, every platform is an opportunity and every situation can create or evoke something new, whether it’s a meeting or an insight of oneself.