Jakob Kudsk Steensen (b. 1987, Denmark)

Direct inquiries: jk.steensen@gmail.com
Press material: info.erraticanimist@gmail.com

Jakob Kudsk Steensen is a Danish artist and art director based in New York. He is concerned with how imagination, technology and ecology intertwine. Kudsk Steensen develops VR and installations, which invite visitors to enter new ecological realities. To make his work, he collaborates with NGO’s, residencies, scientists and artists from different fields. Kudsk Steensen ventures on excursions where he collects organic material, which is digitized and converted into digital worlds with 3D scanners, photogrammetry, satellite data and computer game software. Inspired by ecology-oriented science fiction and conversations with biologists and ethnographers, his projects are ultimately virtual simulations populated by mythical beings existing in radical ecological scenarios.

Kudsk Steensen’s has recently exhibited internationally at the 5th Trondheim Biennale for Art and Technology, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Serpentine Galleries Marathon, Jepson Center for the Arts, Time Square Midnight Moment, MAXXI Rome, FRIEZE London, Podium, and Ok Corral. His work has been featured in MOUSSE Magazine, artnet News, The Art Newspaper, Hyperallergic, Politiken, Information, VICE, and the New York Times, among other publications.

He is currently a finalist for the Future Generation Art Prize 2019, and he has received awards from the Danish Arts Foundation, The Augustinus Foundation, and the Lumen Arts Prize. In 2018, Kudsk Steensen's work as an art director won him a Telly award, a Webby Award, a Lumiere Award, and a Games for Change Award. He has been the Artist-in-Residence at Harvestworks, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, AADK, Centra Negra, MASS MoCA, BRIC, and Mana Contemporary. Steensen is an alumni of NEW INC, a technology and culture incubator by The NEW MUSEUM, in NYC.


2017-2019: Mana Contemporary Art Center, Artist in Residence, Jersey City NJ
2017 - 2018: Member, NEW Inc, New York NY
2018, March- November: Harvestworks, New York NY
2017, Dec - Feb: Artist Alliance Residency, New York NY
2016, September - November: Bemis Center for Contemporary Art Omaha NE
2016, June - August: BRIC Residency, Brooklyn Media Arts Center, New York NY
2016, January: The Studios at MASS MoCA, Assets for Artists, North Adams MA
2015, May-July: AADK Spain, Aktuelle Architektur Der Kultur, Blanca, Spain


“RE-ANIMATED,” Tranen, Copenhagen, Denmark
“AQUAPHOBIA,” Zabludowicz Collection 360 space, London, England
"An Imperceptible Affair," Trondheim Art and Science Biennale, Trondheim, Norway
“Closed Circuit Habitat,” Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, New York NY

"Terratic Animism", Midnight Moment, Times Square Arts and BRIC, New York NY
“Paradisiac Ecologies” OK Corral, Copenhagen, Denmark
“Primal Tourism: Walkthrough”, BRIC, New York NY
“The Extirpation of Animism” NY Media Center, New York NY

"Primal Tourism", Istanbul Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey

“A Cartography of Fantasia”, Sleep Center, New York NY


(Upcoming), RE-ANIMATED at the 2019 Venice Biennial for the Future Generations Art Prize exhibition by Pinchuk Foundation
Future Generations Art Prize Exhibition, Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev
Swamp Protocol, Artebyte Gallery, London
Animal Charms, Aalto Studios Gallery , Finland
Currents New Media, exhibition space, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Click Festival, Helsingor, Denmark
Festival de la imágen, Bogotá, Colombia
“AQUAPHOBIA”, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley CA
"I'm sorry, I didn't quite catch that", arebyte Gallery, London, England
New Ear Festival 2018, Fridman Gallery, New York NY
“Re-routing Nature”, Sixty Eight Art Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark
“Homeostasis”,The Wrong New Digital Art Biennale, Centro Cultural Sao Paulo, Brazil
AQUAPHOBIA, Jepson Centre for the Arts, Savannah GA

"GHOST, GHOST, GHOST, MACHINE!", Serpentine Galleries, London, England
Isthisit? "Why don't we get a kick-starter going for an ISP?", online group exhibition, http://www.isthisitisthisit.com/why-dont-we-2
“FLATLANDS”, curated by Grace Franck, Mana Contemporary at Miami Art week, Miami FL
WIRED annual showcase and conference, VR art work by Jakob Kudsk Steensen and Olafur Eliasson, organized by Acute Art, New York NY
“Terratic Animism”, SUPERNOVA ANIMATION FESTIVAL, curated by Ivar Ziele, Denver CO
“AQUAPHOBIA”, COPENX, Copenhagen, Denmark
“Terratic Animism”, Animation Nights New York (ANNY), New York NY
“UNCANNY CONDITIONS”, curated by Peer to Space by Tina Sauerlander, whitebox.art, Munich, Germany
“The Supernatural”, 21st Museum Hotels, Durham NC
“THATISNOTIT”, curated by Alex Czetwertynski, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City NJ
“Styles and Customs of the 2020s”, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh PA
“Primal Tourism: Island”, Moving Image Immersive Media Fair, New York NY
“Sadness”, curated by VNgravity and Janet40, Mexico

“Insides Outsides”, Hotel-art.us, Sydney, Australia
"Affect Bodies", BRIC Biennial, Brooklyn NY
“New Realities”, Moving Image Fair, Istanbul, Turkey
“Territories Temporales”, Centro Negra, Blanca, Spain
Temple Video Festival, Temple University, Philadelphia PA
“Eco-frames”, Botanical Garden, Maynard Sur Seine, France
“Tipping points”, curated by Angela Chan, Podium, Oslo
BNL, Media Art Festival, MAXXI, Museum of Modern Art, Rome, Italy
“Eco-frames”, CAAM, Las Palmas De Gran Canaria, Spain
“Perverse Instantiations”, curated by Carla Gannis, Project Space 184, Brooklyn NY

“Eco- frames”, IVAM, Museum of Modern Art, Valencia, Spain
“Cartographies”, COAM- National Institute of Architecture, Madrid, Spain
“Pin-up: Space and Place”, Photo Hastings, Brighton, England
“Fantasia”, AADK, Blanca, Murcia, Spain
“FOCUS”, festival for video-art, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark

“We Take No Responsibility”, Exhibition Center Q, Copenhagen, Denmark
“Media Memoirs”, Shanghai Design and Art Festival, The West Bund Museum, Shanghai, China
“The Other Side”, Copenhagen Artists Run Festival, OK CORRAL, Copenhagen, Denmark

“Invite Only”, TAARNET, Copenhagen, Denmark
“PERSPECTIVES”, Humanities Main Library, Copenhagen University, Copenhagen, Denmark
“INTRANSIT”, V22, London, England
“The Convergence of the Twain”, London Science Museum, London, England 


Cinequest Festival for Technology and Cinema, best VR graphics for RE-ANIMATED

Future Generation Art Prize, Finalist, RE-ANIMATED
Finalist for Best of Immersive and the Sensible Art and Science Award, Geneva International Film Festival
Webby Award, People’s Choice VR
Games for Change Award, Most Innovative
Telly Award Gold Award, Best of VR
Kaleidoscope x Inception, VR art awrd, 2nd place

Unreal Dev Grant, Art Director and Lead Developer, TREE VR
Lumiere Awards, best location based VR, Art Director and Lead Developer, TREE VR
Lumen Art Prize, Finalist, Art Director and Lead Developer, TREE VR
The Danish Arts Foundation
Kunststyrelsen Danmark (The Danish Art Foundation)
Kunststyrelsen Danmark (The Danish Art Foundation)
Augustinus Foundation


2019, SXSW, Immersive Cinema, Official Selection in the immersive film program, RE-ANIMATED
2019, CPH DOX, Film Festival, Official Selection in the immersive film program, RE-ANIMATED
2019, CPH DOX Film Festival, Official Selection in the VR art program, AQUAPHOBIA
2018, Geneva International Film Festival, RE-ANIMATED
2017 Cannes Film Festival - Art director and lead developer on TREE VR by NEW REALITY CO and The Rainforest Alliance
2017, TriBeCa Film Festival - Art director and lead developer on TREE VR by NEW REALITY CO and The Rainforest Alliance
2017, Sundance Film Festival - Art director and lead developer on TREE VR  by NEW REALITY CO and The Rainforest Alliance


”Jakob Kudsk Steensen Creating Overwhelmingly Complex Worlds”, CLOT Magazine, interview by Polly Bindman, jakob-kudsk-steensen-creating-overwhelmingly-complex-world

”Artist Profile - Jakob Kudsk Steensen”, interview conducted by Ben Vickers for RHIZOME: http://rhizome.org/editorial/2018/dec/14/artist-profile-jakob-kudsk-steensen/
"How a YouTube video brought an extinct bird back from the dead", ENGADGET, Silica Magazine: https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/25/kauai-oo-honeyeater-youtube-memorial-ghost-media/

Bob Mitchell-Knight, Interview, Isthisit? Issue 3: http://www.isthisitisthisit.com/issue-03
Ben Vickers, "Jakob Kudsk Steensen and Kataharine Vegas: Reality Extended", Mousse Magazine, vol. 60: http://moussemagazine.it/product/mousse-60/
Brian Boucher, “How to make VR extravenganza? We went behind the scenes to find out.”, artnet News:  https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/vr-artworks-artists-926351

John Carluccio, BK Stories interview, BRIC TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=0dQvb5ctXbw
Delphine Douglas, Interview, BRIC TV: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/blog/interview-visual-artist-residence-jakob-kudsk-steensen
Luce Choules, Interview, TSOEG: https://tsoeg.org/guests/jakob-steensen/

Angela Chan, “Jakob Kudsk Steensen: Decay and New Ecology in “A Cartography of Fantasia”, WORM: http://wormworm.org/filter/Interviews/Jakob-Kudsk-Steensen-Decay-and-New-Ecology-in-A-Cartography-of


2019, “SXSW VR Cinema: Re-Animated, The last Kaua'i 'ō'ō bird inspires an immersive work of mindwarping art”, Austin Chronicle. https://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/sxsw/2019-03-12/sxsw-vr-cinema-re-animating/?fbclid=IwAR0xaQF18FlKbKFLhyd4K6InCv0E9q9v-DBbPSXLyia2j0O2T2RLraDK9Ag https://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/sxsw/2019-03-12/sxsw-vr-cinema-re-animating/?fbclid=IwAR11i2sLQnP8IdOgc9p3bMRXOgHyqBdMKantn2T6DCPv-qnu_aju5yDnnyE
2019, “End Uddoed Fugle er Blevet Genoplivet”, review of RE-ANIMATED in Jyllandsposten, https://jyllands-posten.dk/premium/kultur/ECE11051286/en-uddoed-fugl-er-blevet-genoplivet-og-kan-traeffes-paa-biblioteket-i-gentofte/?fbclid=IwAR32cI-XDwvrKucv2Uq8-Rpk_yuM5iyWrxH1Yg0WSzFWwFu5LUnIBM0m9Hc
2019, “Hvor de doede fugle synger”, review of RE-ANIMATED in Kunstkritikk.no, http://www.kunstkritikk.no/kritikk/hvor-dode-fugle-synger/?fbclid=IwAR2YedGVnFssBLeU3V-_uAGyHjXODCfcExMm_w-0j4muw3yTYE-9VfrNQDc
2019, “Top karakter til RE-ANIMATED”, review in Politiken by Mathias Kryger, https://politiken.dk/kultur/art6867352/Politikens-kunstanmelder-giver-topkarakter-til-virtual-reality-v%C3%A6rker-p%C3%A5-Gentofte-Bibliotek
2019, “En Fugl Forevigt”, review of RE-ANIMATED in Kunsten.nu by Christian Asmussen. https://kunsten.nu/journal/%EF%BB%BFen-fugl-for-evigt/?fbclid=IwAR2xY_yF0XDw_rddj-t2rqyUtIRE3MfDJN63J_yiQ5waBoLhDhFrBvPyhfc
2019, “Parringskald”, review of RE-ANIMATED in Weekenavisen by Mikkel Rosengaard. https://www.weekendavisen.dk/2018-47/kultur/parringskald?fbclid=IwAR3Z-SlptWPvfFxLsrfcdUE7zxY1NpMXPNFPUszsFAxd9NZJZ84aicIBxbY
2019, “Få sekunder efter jeg har taget VR-udstyret på hovedet kommer det første skrig. Fra mig.”, review of RE-ANIMATED in Information by Maria Kjaer Themsen. https://www.information.dk/kultur/anmeldelse/2018/11/faa-sekunder-taget-vr-udstyret-paa-hovedet-kommer-foerste-skrig?fbclid=IwAR33GtVjcypM0eEKIzsrO3XSuS67zUdxZ4TPnPJTa0pYqgFZ-zPgTfktGlw
2019, Jagten paa metaverset”, Danish National Radio P1, https://www.dr.dk/radio/p1/digitalt/digitalt-74?fbclid=iwar1j8cu7fgpxeaui1odwqosucccf1q8vr52jm4hefwx6g-7kh_1asu8oh8w
2019, “Billedkunstneren Jakob Kudsk Steensen: Computerspil er mine TV-serier, de fungerer som inspiration”, Politiken, https://politiken.dk/kultur/art6909988/Computerspil-er-faktisk-mine-tv-serier-de-fungerer-bedre-for-min-inspiration
2018, May: "Five Theses on Virtual Reality and Sociality", by Deborah Lewitt. http://www.publicseminar.org/2018/05/five-theses-on-virtual-reality-and-sociality/
2018, March: "I'm sorry I didn't quite catch that", Isthisit? Issue 04, http://www.isthisitisthisit.com/issue-04
2018, February: VICE Creators Project, "Sexo, futurismo y Sci-Fi, la nueva ola de arte digital", https://www.vice.com/es_mx/article/gy8gn3/creators-sexo-futurismo-y-sci-fi-nueva-ola-arte-digital?utm_source=tcpfbmx
2018, January: PULSE Arts and Technology Festival Wraps at Jepson, The Inkwell. https://theinkwellonline.com/2018/01/24/pulse-arts-and-technology-festival-wraps-at-jepson/
2018, January: Pulse Art+Technology Festival Returns to Savannah with virtual reality, music and films.https://www.dosavannah.com/article/wed-01102018-1730/pulse-arttechnology-festival-returns-savannah-virtual-reality-music-films
2018, January: "Jakob Kudsk Steensen's AQUAPHOBIA",  Connect Savanna, https://www.connectsavannah.com/savannah/pulse-2018-jakob-kudsk-steensens-aquaphobia/Content?oid=6905469
2017, November: "Flatlands", Miami New Times. http://www.miaminewtimes.com/arts/flatland-by-mana-contemporary-in-downtown-miami-december-6-9862791
2017, June: 3PICKS, Kopenahgen, Kopenhagen.dk, http://kopenhagen.dk/magasin/magazine-single/article/3picks-mary-ann-cvahte-anbefaler-udstillinger-i-uge-23/
2017, April: Virtual reality exhibit transports museum visitors to 2020s dystopia, Pennlive,  http://www.pennlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/03/virtual_reality_carnegie_museum.html
2017, April: Carnegie Museum takes you to 2020 Dystopias in VR, VRSCOUT, http://vrscout.com/news/htc-vive-viveport-subscription-free-arcade-saga-download/
2017, March: Between Bells, (Primal Tourism: Island featured), interview with Edward Wincklemann and Murat Orozobekov, Cheddar TV.
2017, March: Moving Image Embraces virtual reality, by Sarah P. Hanson, The Art Newspaper.  http://theartnewspaper.com/market/moving-image-fair-embraces-virtual-reality/
2017, March: VR gets experimental at Moving Image Fair, by Kyle Melnick. VRSCOUT. http://vrscout.com/news/vr-experimental-moving-image-new-york-2017/
2017, March: Fixed Bodies at the Moving Image Art Fair, by Tanner Tafelski. HYPERALLERGIC. http://hyperallergic.com/362298/fixed-on-bodies-at-the-moving-image-art-fair/
2017, February: Market for Virtual Reality gets tested at Moving Image Fair, by Brian Boucher. Artnet News. https://news.artnet.com/market/moving-image-virtual-reality-art-873725
2017, March: MIT Media. Interview about the use of haptics in TREE VR that I art directed: https://www.media.mit.edu/projects/tree/overview/
2017, February: "New realities", ART-SCENE.TV: http://www.art-scene.tv/en/news/details/datum/2016/09/23/new-realities-by-moving-image-immersive-media.html
2017, February: VICE Creators Project, Mexico: https://creators.vice.com/es_mx/article/janet40-y-vngravity-quieren-eliminar-la-brecha-entre-lo-fisico-y-lo-digital
2016, November: Village Voice, November 23, Review of my work "Terratic Animism" as part of BRIC Biennale on Affective Bodies.
2016, November: Information, November 18, ’Vi er i en fucked up æra i Tyrkiet. Og kunsten må ikke tale om det"
2016, November: Terratic Animism on Sciencefictional.net, blog by The Guardian Art Critic and curator Andrew Frost
2016, November: The Artsy Bog on Istanbul Contemporary and my work Primal Tourism
2016, November: Milliyet.com, Çağdaş İstanbul’un sanat nefesi, on my work Primal Tourism shown in Istanbul
2016, November: Randian-Online about Istanbul Contemporary. Picture repotage of Primal Tourism VR. http://www.randian-online.com/np_market/contemporary-istanbul-2016/
2016, September: Art-scene.tv on Moving Image Fair: Immersive Media in Istanbul and my work Primal Tourism
2016, March: Spike Art Quaterly, The Body, issue 47 together with Anselm Franke, Lu Yang, Ian Cheng, Hannah Perry, Stelarc, Bernhard Wilhelm
2016, April: ARTREPORT- review of Perverse Instantiations at 184 Project space in Brooklyn, NYC
2016, April: AQNB, brief description of the group exhibition Tipping Points
2015, October: NEO2, text (in Spanish) on relationships between financial speculation, ecology and technology in my work
2015, July. The Diplomat, "The work of Danish Artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen in Spain".
2015, February: Review of the exhibition "Anti-humanism" that I curated with Lu Yang. Review by Danish critic Torben Sangild in Politiken. http://politiken.dk/kultur/kunst/kunstanmeldelser/premium/ECE2513625/kinesisk-mediekunstner-fremstiller-vilde-posthumane-vaerker 


”Making Art in Virtual Reality” talk at SXSW with Christian Lemmerz and Khora Contemporary
“Extinction in reverse”, talk with science journalist Britt Wray and curator Xin Wang, moderated by curator Toke Lykkeberg. Tranen Center for Contemporary Art.

Artist talk, CLICK Festival, Helsingør, Denmark
"Newfangled Realities: Virtual Reality, Video Gaming, and Media Art", Festival International de la Imagen, Bogotá, Colombia
Artist presentation, Jepson Center for the Arts, Savannah GA

Artist presentation organized by HOTELPROFORMA, Godsbanen Cultural Center, Aarhus, Denmark
”IMAGINATION, TECHNOLOGY, ECOLOGY: World-building in VR”, COPENX Tech and Cultural Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark
"The Next Storytelling Frontier: Accessing New Realities with Emerging Technology", moderated by Sarah Wolozin, Director of MIT Documentary Media, Woods Hole Film Festival
”Imagination, Technology and Ecology”, expert talk, The Creative Techweek, New York NY

”Artist Talk: Primal Tourism”, department of Fine Art and Art History, University of Omaha, Omaha, NE

”Future Ecologies”, Tisch School of Arts, NYU, New York NY
”Utopian Tourism”, Dome of Visions, Copenhagen, Denmark

”Aesthetics as the Science of Expressions”, A Symposium on the Dialogic Imagination, Central St. Martins, School of Fine Arts,  University of the Arts London, London, England
”Romantic Media Studies”, POPMODERNISM, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden


2012-2014        MA Art. Copenhagen University, Copenhagen, Denmark
2012-2013        MFA (PG-cert) Central St. Martins, School of Fine Art, London, England
2009-2012       BA. Art in Art and New Media, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
2011                  Erasmus student, New Media Studies. Vrieje Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2010                 Exchange Student, Art, Fudan University, Shanghai, China