|Insane Creators Enterprise (iCE Advertisements)|
|Headquarters||None (digital group)|
|Key people||Many Axe (Frozen Tormentor)|
iCE Advertisements (or more commonly and accurately simply "iCE") is a digital art group founded in Canada by Many Axe (later Frozen Tormenter) in 1991. Although the expanded title is rarely ever used, iCE is an acronym for Insane Creators Enterprise. iCE, along with ACiD Productions, has been one of the most prominent and critically successful groups on the underground computer artscene.
The ANSI artscene was in a continual state of flux, with intense rivalry between artists and groups. In addition, ansi artists tended to switch loyalties often, moving from group to group. Groups would merge and restructure, or completely disband, but iCE was generally viewed by artscene regulars as one the more stable groups. iCE was known to have particularly effective artistic leadership, and benefited from early artscene leaders such as Tempus Thales.
During the transition between BBS to the Internet, interest in iCE began to wane somewhat during the late 1990s. This was quickly reversed after the introduction of their well received Tiles collaborative art project in December 2000.
In 2006 iCE has branched out into collaborative art, photography and digital art with members worldwide. Although iCE has continued to release monthly galleries of art, they abandoned the traditional artpack format after the release of their July 2002 artpack (dated August 6, 2002) in favor of an online presentation via their website.
- August 1992 (first release)
- August 1997 Disk A (fifth anniversary)
- August 1997 Disk B
- August 1997 Disk C
- August 1997 Disk D
- August 1997 Disk E
- August 2002 (final iCEpack released in zip format)
- December 2002 (tenth anniversary, converted to zip format by RaD Man)
In the news
- iCE's Modern Version of Old-Fashioned Quilting Bee on slashdot.org (January 23, 2005)
- Web-based Collaborative Artwork on slashdot.org (July 2, 2001)
- New iCE Web Site on slashdot.org (June 4, 1999)