New sound installation by Jacob Kirkegaard in which multiple voices whisper the over 100 names that different cultures have used to describe ice and snow in all its forms. The names are spoken in eight languages; Danish, Faroese, Finnish, Greenlandic, Icelandic, Norwegian, Russian and Swedish, and are distributed over eight speakers throughout a bunker next to the Copenhagen Contemporary building.
The omnipresent and steadily whispering recitals of such names as Dead Ice, Frost Smoke, Glacier Tongue, Old Ice, Rotten Ice, Sastrugi, Tide Crack and Whiteout in eight Nordic languages is a subtle but persistent statement and tribute - not only to an undeniably disappearing phenomenon in times of globally rising temperatures but - to a vocabulary of words melting away as well.
The title of the work is quoted from Robert Frost’s poem Fire and Ice from 1920 which imagines the end of the world. The names for ice and snow were collected from a Glossary of Snow and Ice published by the Scott Polar Research Institute in 1966.
Voices: Anna Katrin Øssursdóttir Egilstrøð, Anna von Hausswolff, Inuk Silis Høegh, Tuomas A. Laitinen, Tine Surel Lange, Runar Magnusson, Uilu Pedersen, Katinka Fogh Vindelev and Katerina Zavolokina.
Topos has launched its digital release series Topos 00/00/00.
Topos is an independent arts organisation, founded in 2019 by three artists and composers, Jacob Kirkegaard, Tobias Kirstein and Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard , to pursue their shared commitment to cross cultural and cross media activities that move beyond the strictures and boundaries of separate fields and disciplines. Its projects and program use various modes of presenting, publishing and releasing contempor ary and archival material, generated or discovered by Topos.
Topos is collaborating with Julie Martin, Director of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) to research and publish selected material from the organization's extensive archive of sound recordings that include performances, interviews and other sound material produced by E.A.T. activities over the past 50 years. A double vinyl gatefold of John Cage's Variations VII from the legendary 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering in New York City in 1966 marked the beginning of Topos's collaboration with her. Their main focus is on sound generated in the 9 Evenings performance works by artists such as John Cage, Lucinda Childs, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Robert Rauschenberg, David Tudor and Robert Whitman.
About the May 15, 2020 Topos RELEASE:
Phantom Bell by Jacob Kirkegaard combines sounds of tinnitus interpreted from tinnitus sufferers’ descriptions of the sounds they hear. These sounds are combined with verbal accounts of their subjective reactions to their tinnitus.
Deriving from in-depth interviews with 9 tinnitus sufferers the result is 9 immersive compositions that invites the outside listener into some of their deeper associations linked to these intimate and present yet non-existing sounds.
All proceeds from the 00/00/00 series will fund physical releases from the E.A.T. archives.
About the April 3, 2020 Topos RELEASE:
XXMM is a new track by Jacob Kirkegaard created during the global lockdown and inspired from gloomy atmospheres while increasingly warming winds welcome Spring.
XXMM is a bittersweet tribute to the year 2020.
Please support TOPOS by purchasing this track. Topos is a non-for-profit organisation. All proceeds from the 00/00/00 series will fund future physical releases from the E.A.T. archives.
Galleri Tom Christoffersen in Copenhagen, Denmark Feb 28 - Mar 21, 2020 Closed due to Corona. Gallery will be open on appointments. Please write the gallery to schedule an appointment.
Membrane is a sound and visual portrait of the growing border wall that separates Mexico and the U.S. This long metal barrier takes many forms and is made of many different materials, as it winds and twists several thousand kilometers through deserts, plains, and mountains, crossing Native American land, national parks, and even city streets to end in the Pacific Ocean.
Kirkegaard travelled along the wall from El Paso to Tijuana, stopping at sites on both sides of the wall to shoot video and to record ambient sounds of the surrounding landscape a well as the inner sounds of the metal structure: By attaching vibration sensors directly to the wall at each site, he captured the resonant frequencies of the different wall structures.
Membrane, with its panoramic vistas and penetrating close up views of the wall, reveals that this seemingly desolate and silent area of the American Southwest is alive with light and shadow, and especially with sound, the sound of the wall itself.
Jacob Kirkegaard travelled with cellist Mariel Roberts and together they are currently working on a collaborative project using the material they collected:
In Spring of 2020, American cellist and composer Mariel Roberts and Danish sound artist and composer Jacob Kirkegaard embarked on their first collaboration to create an electro-acoustic, evening length work in response to the border "wall" which is meant to divide the US and Mexico.
Using extra sensitive equipment, Kirkegaard and Roberts traveled along the 600 mile border fence which runs from Texas to California to capture the sound of the objects and atmospheres which define the experience of the region. The source material for this work was captured by attaching vibration sensors directly onto the border fence, which make it possible to hear the resonances of the various types of metallic structures which make up the barrier.
These recordings are used both within and as inspiration for several compositions which comprise an approximately hour-long work for solo cello and the audio recordings of the fence. Each recording location is expressed as a "movement" within the work, which highlights its individual character and rich individual frequency set. The piece weaves the sound world of the heavily amplified micro-acoustic material from the border region with the sound of the live performer to create a dialogue between the subject and observer.
O P U S M O R S A sound work on four significant death spaces Live at CTM 2020 - LIMINAL in Berlin, February 2nd, 2020
Tsonami Festival, Valparaiso, Chile
Te invitamos a Poligonal Nº2 Diálogos de creatividad + acción social por el planeta, que considerará una charla sobre arte y ecología del artista ecuatoriano Paul Rosero, una performance sonora del artista Jacob Kirkegaard, seguido por un diálogo sobre cómo la crisis climática es también una crisis social entre Jacob Kirkegaard (artista danés), Catalina Amigo (especialista en estudios socioambientales de Red Pobreza Energética de Universidad de Chile), Andrés Briceño (arquitecto y Director de FabLab Santiago) moderado por Geraldine Mackinnon (Ilustradora botánica).
Martes 3 de diciembre 9:30 - 12:30 h., Centro de Extensión del Instituto Nacional. Gratis, previa inscripción en: https://cutt.ly/poligonal
O P U S M O R S
A sound work on four significant environments
for the immediate post-mortem
Four listening spaces for one of the existential and natural aspects of being alive, which is death.
The project portrays four sound environments that the human body commonly will be surrounded by or exposed to in the immediate post mortem: a morgue, an autopsy, a cremation and the decomposition - events that no one will ever get to sense on their own bodies because of the very fact of death.
The work is an immersive, intimate and powerfully detailed sonic meditation into the four significant death spaces
TESTIMONIUM is an audio-visual work created from recordings from waste, recycling and wastewater facilities
in Denmark and Latvia as well as from one of the world’s largest landfills; the Dandora dumpingsite in Nairobi, Kenya.
Vibration sensors were placed inside piles of waste and on large incinerators. Underwater microphones were lowered underneath the surfaces of polluted rivers and large wastewater management basins. Acoustic microphones were pointed at bleak landscapes of burning plastic ignited by the wind. Like a testimonium from the past as if experienced from the future, these close-up recordings of human generated waste offers an intimate revisit into human discarded matter, their metamorphic journeys or absorbing endurance.
Denmark: BIOFOS Denmark, Reiling Glasrecycling Denmark, STENA Recycling, ARGO, Vestforbraending. Latvia/Estonia: WasteArt project NOT out of sight NOT out of mind Campaign, IES, ZAAO Ltd (LV), MoKS (EE), Evelyn and John Grzinich. Kenya: Nao Takeuchi, Waste Management Unit, UN-Habitat, David Makori; Chief Environment Officer,
Wambua Ndaka; Site Manager at Dandora Dumpsite, Nairobi City County and Mohamed; leader of waste pickers at Dandora Dumpsite, Nairobi
TESTIMONIUM - UPCOMING AND CONFIRMED SHOWS:
World premiere in Nairobi, Kenya (UN Habitat exhibition) May 31st, 2019 Nuuk Art Museum, Nuuk, Greenland (As installation throughout the month) August 8th, 2019 ULTIMA Festival, Oslo, Norway (8-channel live version + installation throughout festival), Sep 13th, 2019
Parasound/Paradox film festival, Leipzig, Germany, November 2nd, 2019 DR Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, Denmark (organised by ArtFreq - prior to concert with Efterklang) November 6th, 2019 BIG EARS FESTIVAL, Knoxville TN, USA, March 26th-28th, 2019
Portrait of artist Jacob Kirkegaard and the making of TESTIMONIUM
This portrait was created by John Grzinich in Spring of 2019 on ocassion of the
exhibition "NOT out of sight, NOT out of mind"
TOPOS - a curatorial platform for mediated matter and ideas
TOPOS was founded in 2019 by the three artists and composers, Jacob Kirkegaard, Tobias R. Kirstein and Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard, to pursue their shared commitment to cross cultural and cross media activities that move beyond the strictures and boundaries of separate fields and disciplines. Its projects and program use various modes of presenting, publishing and releasing contemporary and archival material, generated or discovered by TOPOS.
TOPOS is collaborating with Julie Martin, Director of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) to research and publish selected material from the organization's extensive archive of sound recordings that include performances, interviews and other sound material produced by E.A.T. activities over the past 50 years.
On September 3rd TOPOS will launch with four new albums, one of them a double vinyl gatefold release of John Cage’s Variations VII which was part of E.A.T.’s legendary 9 Evenings in NYC in 1966. On this event TOPOS will also present Variations VII live. The co-producer of the original 1966 event, Julie Martin will be performing Variations VII with TOPOS.
Read more about the performances, releases and mission on their website by clicking on the logo above.
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New album Time is Local
is out on Sonic Pieces on the 27th of September