Mesothelioma, 2020, Photography, 30 x 30 cm

Necronomicon

Jacob Kirkegaard

19.1 - 11.2.2021

Opening: Online only

This work consists of a selection of forensic microscopies of eight different causes of death that Kirkegaard has edited into eight abstract square pictures in black and white. Six sound files play back sound recordings of six different types of calliphoridae (blow flies) that he held still in front of a microphone, thus revealing each calliphoridae’s the unique wing frequency and tone.
Together, all six characteristic calliphoridae form a dissonant swarming chord.

The title of the work is borrowed from the horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. Translated from Greek Necromonicon is “the image of the law of death” and in History of the Necromonicon Lovecraft described the phenomenon as the nightly sound of insects like a howl of demons.

The eight causes of death illustrated are: Mesothelioma, liver failure, Melanoma, stroke, cardiac arrest, atherosclerosis, blod clot and Covid-19.

The six different types of blow flies are: Calliphora vicina, Calliphora vomitoria,Lucilia bufonivora, Lucilia caesar, Pollenia rudis and Sarcophaga carnaria.

Necromonicon, 2020

Melanoma, 2020, Photography, 30 x 30 cm  

Cardiac arrest, 2020, Photography, 30 x 30 cm  

Atherosclerosis, 2020, Photography, 30 x 30 cm  

Covid-19, 2020, Photography, 30 x 30 cm  

Stroke, 2020, Photography, 30 x 30 cm  

Liver failure, 2020, Photography, 30 x 30 cm  

Blod clot, 2020, Photography, 30 x 30 cm