Jakob Kudsk Steensen
May 21 – Jul 16, 2023
12:00 – 18:00
Outernet Arts presents Liminal Lands a new hybrid reality by Jakob Kudsk Steensen.
Liminal Lands explores the forgotten wetlands of Salin de Giraud, a place where the fundamental energies of sun, salt, wind, water and bacteria collide. Gathered over a year of fieldwork in the salt marshes of southern France, Steensen digitised and revived these real photographic elements into a synchronised 3D composition that highlights the otherwise unseen macro and microscopic ecosystems of the wetlands.
Wetlands cover 1% of the planet's surface, but they account for 10% of all biodiversity. They are at the cradle of human life, as wetlands function as filters creating sustainable sources of freshwater. Liminal Lands brings a new, slow sensibility to these otherwise overlooked environments, encouraging visitors to re-examine their relationship to the ecosystems beneath their feet.
"When I started embracing hyperlocal sensitivity, and what it meant to be present in the landscape, it shifted something inside of me, deeply and profoundly. Through this much more extreme engagement with nature, I found out that you have to spend enough time in a place to start seeing it, to realise that it looks and feels different than anything you can imagine."
- Jakob Kudsk Steensen
Originally commissioned by Luma Arles for the 'Prelude Exhibition, 2021, Liminal Lands has also been shown at Nahmad Contemporary, Kornhausforum Bern, Reference Studios x Selfridges, Today Art Museum Beijing, SODA Gallery Manchester, as well as the BFI London Film Festival, Geneva International Film Festival, South By Southwest, Sonar Festival and VRHAM Hamburg. Liminal Lands is also being prepared for online distribution. Sound Design by Matt McCorkle.
Liminal Lands can be purchased on Steam here.
To coincide with this exhibition we are screening Ammonite by Disinformation in our adjoining screening space.
About Jakob Kudsk Steensen
Jakob Kudsk Steensen (B. 1987, Denmark) is an artist working with environmental storytelling through 3d animation, sound and immersive installations. He creates poetic interpretations about overlooked natural phenomena through collaborations with field biologists, composers and writers. Projects are based on extensive fieldwork. Key collaborators include Musician ARCA, Composer and Musical Director for the Philip Glass Ensemble Michael Riesman, Ornithologist and author Dr. Douglas H. Pratt, Architect Sir David Adjaye OBE RA, BTS, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the Natural History Museum Berlin, among others.
Jakob has recently exhibited with his major solo exhibition “Berl-Berl” in Berlin at Halle am Berghain, commissioned by LAS, and at Luma Arles with “Liminal Lands” for the “Prelude” exhibition. He was a finalist for the Future Generation Art Prize at the 2019 Venice Biennale. He received the Serpentine Augmented Architecture commission in 2019 to create his work The Deep Listener with Google Arts and Culture. He is the recipient of the best VR graphics for RE-ANIMATED (2019) at the Cinequest Festival for Technology and Cinema, the Prix du Jury (2019) at Les Rencontres Arles, the Webby Award - People’s Choice VR (2018), and the Games for Change Award - Most Innovative (2018), among others.