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B L A C K  M E T A L  S Q U A R E

Installation. 100 x 100 x 1 mm black metal plate, 1 transducer, 1 contact speaker, 1 amplifier, 2 speakers, 1 subwoofer and steel wire

Untitled (Black Metal Square) was commissioned by and created on occassion of the exhibition Sound Noir at NAK - Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Fall 2015

100 years after Kazimir Malevich painted Black Square (1915), Jacob Kirkegaard brings the black square to life with sound. Untitled (Black Metal Square) is a freely hanging black metal plate whose natural vibrations are amplified and circulated back into themselves to generate resonances.
Centuries of artists have tried to express the nothing through blackness. Untitled (Black Metal Square) evokes Malevich's famous quote “It is from zero, in zero, that the true movement of being begins." Robert Fludd also attempted to express this feeling in his 1617 drawing of a black square. In his work the edges are inscribed with the phrase "et sic in Infinitum" (and like this to infinity) and function like gates that frame a passage to emptiness. To enter the blackness is to experience the potency of a primordial universe before creation. Kirkegaard poses the question, "and once we enter, what do we hear?"


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