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The Museum of Contemporary Art is proud to present the first solo exhibition of the Danish sound artist and composer Jacob Kirkegaard in Denmark

Earside Out
focuses on the essence of listening and challenge our understanding of sound

The exhibition presents some of Kirkegaard's most important works to date



WORKS INCLUDED IN THE EXHIBITION:

E A R S I D E  O U T

Created from spontaneous otoacoustic emissions that were acoustically recorded inside ears of 30 individuals. Earside Out explores the mysterious and complex tonal clusters of tones emitting from our ears.
12 speakers attached on thin strings suspended between the floor and the ceiling form a
3-dimensional spiral shape that resembles the cochlea
S T I G M A

Stigma was recorded in four natural landscape around the disabled nuclear power plant in Fukushima Japan. The layered sound recording of each space reveals its resonant frequencies and is accompanied by projections of layered video of
the same space projected on a vertical screen


A I O N

Recorded in four abandoned spaces inside the exclusion zone around the former nuclear power plant in Chernobyl.
The layered sound recording of each space reveal its resonant frequencies and is accompanied by projections of layered video
of the same space



L A B Y R I N T H I T I S

Labyrinthitis works with otoacoustic emissions generated by the artist’s ears to produce otoacoustic emissions in the ears of the listeners.
16 speakers are attached on a wall forming a spiral shape resembling the cochlea




       

S A B U L A T I O N

Sabulation is created from video and sound recordings of the ‘Singing Sands’ in the deserts of Oman, one of the few places in the world where the shifting sand dunes emit deep tones.
The sounds were captured using vibration sensors buried inside
the dunes


N A G A R A S  #  1

Nagaras # 1 visualizes the so-called 'Singing Sands' while in motion in the deserts of Oman


 



E A R S  O F  T H E  O T H E R

In Ethiopia, Kirkegaard asked fourteen people to describe their favorite everyday sound and worked with each of them to record that sound. From these
field recordings, he made
twelve untitled sound pieces,
each lasting exactly one minute


P I V O T

Kirkegaard’s vibration recordings of the heavy mechanical equipment that rotates the large globe at the top of Berlin’s TV tower, is combined with video footage of the city as seen from the tower for one full rotation of the globe


       
 

R E W I N D

Pieces of abandoned audio tape collected by Kirkegaard during
his travels around the world are displayed in plexiglass cases, each accompanied by a text description of the sounds that remain on the tape and a photo
of the location where the tape
was found

 

P H A N T O M  B E L L

This work combines sounds that resemble tinnitus interpreted from tinnitus sufferers’ descriptions of the sounds they hear, with verbal accounts of their subjective reactions to their tinnitus. Phantom Bell was installed in a darkened cell in the museum - a former panoptic prison


I M P E R I A

Tobias R. Kirstein & Jacob Kirkegaard's Imperia is based on recordings from the now defunct Nuclear Power Plant Barsebäck, Sweden. Imperia borrows its title from a poem written in 1912 by the Danish poet Sophus Claussen that deals with the relationship between destruction and the untamed forces of creation



EARSIDE  OUT -  BOOK

On occassion of this exhibition the book Earside Out will be released. This 130 pages hard cover book is a rich collection of Kirkegaard's photos with in-depth descriptions of his most important works from the last 10 years. In addition to the the works appearing in the exhibition the book includes the following works; Eldfjall, Tørst, Spherics, Celestial Road, Isfald, Durch die Wand and Matter of Memory.
Earside Out
also comes with texts and essays written especially for this book by Julie Martin, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Douglas Kahn, Jacob Lillemose & the artist. This book is designed by Signe Lupnov and is produced by Museum of Contemporary Art & Jacob Kirkegaard.

Click on the image to look inside: