The sources from Jacob Kirkegaard's work are found in acoustic phenomena, often either unheard or overheard by the human ear. By the use of several sensors and methods of recording the material is evolved and conceptualised into compositions, spaces, visual and audible works. His works ranges from underground Icelandic glaciers, abandoned radioactive spaces in Tjernobyl, the rotating TV-tower of Berlin, Greenlandic hydro-sonic ice calving, and tones generated by the ear itself.
Jacob Kirkegaard’s works listens behind the immediate and challenges our conception of who we are and the world we live in.
Jacob Kirkegaard graduated from the Media Art Academy in Cologne in 2006. His works are released on the TOUCH (UK), Important Records (USA), VON Archives (F) & Posh Isolation labels (DK). Kirkegaard has presented his works at several renowned exhibitions platforms, festivals and conferences all over the world, i.e. MoMA, Issue Project Room & The Stone (NYC, USA), KW & Transmediale (Berlin), The Menil Collection, Rothko Chapel, Museum of Jurassic Technology & Stanford University (USA), Mori Art Museum and Aichi Triennale (Japan) as well as at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, ARoS, Aarhus and Museum for Contemporary Art, Roskilde (DK).
Black Metal Square #1-3, 2017, Three black metal plates (100 x 100 x 0,06 cm; 75 x 75 x 0,05 cm; 50 x 50 x 0,04 cm), sensors, contact speakers, transformers and metal wire
Black Metal Square #1-3 (1), Black Metal Square #1-3 was created for Jacob Kirkegaard's solo exhibition 'alt & intet' at ARoS. The exhibition consists of five different sound installations by the artist.
Black Metal Square #1-3 (2), 2017, The installation takes inspiration from Kazimir Malevich's famous painting 'Black Square' from 1915 and his quote 'It is from zero, in zero, that the true movement of being begins'.
ISFALD (3), The ice sounds used in this work were recorded with underwater microphones at the Ilulissat icefjord and with vibration sensors at the melting glaciers of Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, June 2013
STIGMA (1), 2014, 33 minute installation / video work from field recording & video footage, looped, To hear more please visit: http://fonik.dk/works/stigma.html
STIGMA (2), As a sequel to AION, Kirkegaard's new sound and video installation STIGMA created especially for Mori Museum (MAM Project) in Tokyo, works with the natural landscape of Fukushima
STIGMA (3), Inspired by hanging scroll landscape painting Kirkegaard fills a five meter vertical screen with idyllic nature scenes. By recording and layering their ambient sound, the resonances of these outside spaces are revealed. STIGMA challenges the perception of a nature we usually embrace
EARSIDE OUT, 2015, Composition from audio recordings of tones generated by the human ear. 12 speakers, steel wire, and speaker cable. 35 minutes. , Earside Out portrays spontaneous otoacoustic emissions – mysterious and complex tonal clusters, here recorded in the ears of 30 arbitrary people. The tones from each individual ear are spread across 12 speakers attached to thin steel wires and suspended between the floor and the ceiling, forming a three-dimensional spiral. Installation shots from Kirkegaard's exhibition 'all & nothing' at ARoS, 2017