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USA:
    * Jacob Kirkegaard performs live at Fridman Gallery's New Ear Festival in New York City, February 8th.
Thrum is a sound portrait of an industrial section within Africa’s largest outdoor market, Merkato, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. While being an essential hub for trading, a significant part of Merkato is also based on recycling. This piece is composed of nearby field recordings, extracted from the thrumming ‘iron and metal section,’ where hundreds of men spend all day reshaping oil drums by hammering on them with all their might. 
    * VOID: Kirkegaard's first solo exhibition in the U.S.A. at Fridman Gallery, New York City. Feb 11th-March 17th.
Black Metal Square #1 (2017) is a free-hanging one-square-meter black metal plate whose subtle natural vibrations are amplified and fed back into itself, enhancing the readymade resonance. The sound sculpture references Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square and the astronomer Robert Fludd’s early 17th century drawing of a black square inscribed with the phrase et sic in infinitum (and so on to infinity). What does the Black Square sound like? 
Ice Age (2016) is a pair of photographs of spectacular glaciers in Greenland where Kirkegaard made field recordings of melting ice. In one of the pictures, we see a hydrophone cable disappearing into a hole in the glacier, which resembles an eye staring back at us. The hydrophone is listening deep inside the glacier, eavesdropping on an otherwise inaccessible and dangerous space. Presented alongside the photographs is Melt, a composition of those field recordings, a sonic image of constant flow and change, and of human actions affecting the surrounding world.
Hotel Chernobyl (2006) is a series of photographs taken inside the only hotel existing inside the Zone of Exclusion in Chernobyl, Ukraine. The images of barren interiors, filled only with 1980s furniture and dim halogen light, resonate with the conspicuous absence of human bodies. Accompanying the photographs is Aion, an audio-visual work recorded and filmed in the Zone.

DENMARK:
    * MELT is part of the exhibition Kortlægninger (Mappings) alongside the Greenlandic/Danish artist Pia Arke (1958-2007) and Aage Bertelsen (1873-1945). Rønnebæksholm, Næstved, January 6th - April 29th
    * For the exhibition Vibrant Matter, Kirkegaard has created Anima & Animus, a new sound work created from surface vibration recordings of a man's body. The sounds acompany the Danish artist Kai Nielsen's sculpture of a woman; Leda without the Swan (1920). The title refers partly to the feminine and masculine latin terms for 'air, wind, breath, vitality'. But in particular to Carl Jung's theory of Amina as the female part in the man's unconscious and Animus as the masculine part of woman's unconscious. By exposing the masculine body's inner sound world along with the female Leda the work disolves the borderline between sculpture and living body, woman and man. SAK, Svendborg, Jan 21st - March 4th.


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DENMARK:
    * MELT is part of the exhibition Kortlægninger (Mappings) alongside the Greenlandic/Danish artist Pia Arke (1958-2007) and Aage Bertelsen (1873-1945). Rønnebæksholm, Næstved, January 6th - April 29th
    * For the exhibition Vibrant Matter, Kirkegaard has created Anima & Animus, a new sound work created from surface vibration recordings of a man's body. The sounds acompany the Danish artist Kai Nielsen's sculpture of a woman; Leda without the Swan (1920). The title refers partly to the feminine and masculine latin terms for 'air, wind, breath, vitality'. But in particular to Carl Jung's theory of Amina as the female part in the man's unconscious and Animus as the masculine part of woman's unconscious. By exposing the masculine body's inner sound world along with the female Leda the work disolves the borderline between sculpture and living body, woman and man. SAK, Svendborg, Jan 21st - March 4th.
    * Kirkegaard will perform his first otoacoustic sound work Labyrinthitis (2007) live at Jyderup Højskole, Jan 25th at 7:30 pm.





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