Jakob Kudsk Steensen is a Danish artist based in New York. He is concerned with how imagination, technology and ecology intertwine. To make his work, Steensen ventures on intense excursions where he collects organic material and photographs plants, rocks and sediments. He converts the collected material into digital worlds by the use of 3D scanners, photogrammetry, satellite data and computer game software to make virtual simulations with mythical beings and radical ecological scenarios. Inspired by ecology-oriented science fiction and conversations with biologists and ethnographers, he transforms abstract concepts and new perspectives on nature into sensory installations and VR, which people can enter and explore. Steensen often collaborates with studios, animators, musicians, performers, writers and biologists with the purpose of developing new ecological perspectives.
Jakob Kudsk has recently exhibited at Jepson Center for the Arts, Time Square for the Midnight Moment, at Carnegie Museum of Art, Serpentine Galleries for the annual marathon, The Moving Image Fair, NYC, MAXXI, WIRED annual conference, FRIEZE in London, Podium in Oslo, Ok Corral in Copenhagen, 86 Project Space, Brooklyn, Sleep Center, China Town and at London Science Museum. As the art director, designer and environmental artist on the VR project TREE VR, made with The Rainforest Alliance and NEW REALITY CO, Steensen’s has shown at Sundance and TriBeCa film festival. His work has been featured in MOUSSE Magazine, on Artnet, The Art Newspaper, Hyperallergic, Spike Art Quaterly, ARTREPORT, Politiken, Information, Worm, NEO2, VICE, NY Times, WIRED and TSOEG. He has received awards from the Danish Arts Foundation, The Augustinus Foundation, and Lumen Arts Price. He has been artist in residence at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, AADK, Centra Negra, MASS MoCA, BRIC and Mana Contemporary.
Jakob Kudsk Steensen is currently a 2017-2018 member of NEW INC, a technology and culture incubator by The NEW MUSEUM, in NYC.
2018, May: AQUAPHOBIA exhibited at Zabludowicz Collection 360 space, London. Solo show.
2018, May: AQUAPHOBIA shown for Click Festival, Helsingoer, Denmark. Group show.
2018, May: PANDO ENDO showing at Festival de la imagen, Bogota, Columbia. Group show.
2018, April: AQUAPHOBIA installed and exhibited at Berkely Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.
2018, March: "I'm sorry, I didn't quite catch that", exhibition at Artbyte about AI, curated by Isthisit (http://www.isthisitisthisit.com/im-sorry-i-didnt-quite-catch-that). Group show.
2018, March: "An imperceptible affair" at RAKE exhibition space for Trondheim Art and Science Biennial "Metamorf". Solo show.
2018: Closed Circuit Habitat in Cuchifritus Gallery and not for profit project space by Artist Alliance, NYC. Solo show.
2018: New Ear Festival at Fridman Gallery in NYC. AQUAPHOBIA was installed as part of a week of performances and exhibitions. Group show.
2018: Re-routing Nature at Sixty Eight Art Institute in Copenhagen. Pando Endo was installed for a group exhibition with Viktor Timofeev, Alfredo Aceto, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Rune Bosse and Kimmo Modig and Heidii M. Wee. Curated by Irene Calmpolmi. Group show.
2018: Homeostasis, The Wrong New Digital Art Biennale, Centro Cultural Sao Paulo. AQUAPHOBIA was exhibited together with VR work by Olafur Eliason, presented by Acute Art for The Wrong New Digital Art Biennial. Group show.
2018: AQUPHOBIA exhibited as a VR installation at Jepson Centre for the Arts, January - March. Group show.
2017: Times Square Midnight Moment, Nov. 1-30, "Terratic Animism". Organized by Times Square Arts and BRIC, Brooklyn Arts and Media Center, Brooklyn. Site specific public art work on Times Square.
2017: "GHOST, GHOST, GHOST, MACHINE!", Serpentine Galleries Marathon. Group show.
2017: Paradisiac Ecologies, OK Corral, Copenhagen. Solo show.
2017: Primal Tourism: Walkthrough, BRIC., Brooklyn Arts and Media Center. Solo site specific installation.
2017: The Extirpation of Animism, NY Media Center. Solo show and site specific installation.
2017: Isthisit? "Why don't we get a kick-starter going for an ISP?", online group exhibition. http://www.isthisitisthisit.com/why-dont-we-2
2017: FLATLANDS curated by Grace Franck for Mana Contemporary during Miami Art week, 2017. Miami, group exhibition.
2017: WIRED annual showcase and conference, AQUAPHOBIA. Organized by Acute Art with VR art work by Jakob Kudsk Steensen and Oluafur Eliasson.
2017: AMBIENT OCCLUSION, GOSSAMER FOG, London, UK. Katriona Beales / Eva Papamargariti / Robert Powell / Susannah Stark / Jakob Kudsk Steensen / Alan Warburton / Matteo Zamagni. Group show.
2017. ANNY, Best of, NYC annual animation festival, Terratic Animism. NYC. http://www.animationnights.com/ . Temporary VR Installation.
2017: SUPERNOVA ANIMATION FESTIVAL, Terratic Animism. Curated by Ivar Ziele. Denver, Colorado. Screening. http://supernovadenver.com/ Screening
2017: UNCANNY CONDITIONS, curated by Peer to Space by Tina Sauerlander, at Whitebox.art in Munich. Group show.
2017: COPENX, AQUAPHOBIA, technology and culture conference and exhibition in Copenhagen. http://copenx.com/ . Temporary VR Installation.
2017: The Supernatural, 21stMuseumHotels, Durnham, North Carolina. Group show, July, 2017- July, 2018. https://www.21cmuseumhotels.com/museum/exhibit/the-supernatural/
2017: THATISNOTIT, curated by Alex Czetwertynski, Mana Contemporary, JC. Group show.
2017: Styles and Customs of the 2020s, VR exhibition at Carnegie Museum of Art, commissioned by DIS Magazine x Scatter. Group show.
2017: Primal Tourism: Island, Moving Image Immersive Media Fair, NYC. Group show.
2017: Sadness, curated by VNgravity and Janet40, Mexico. Group show.
2016: "Primal Tourism", Istanbul Contemporary, represented by the Moving image Fair - Immersive Media. (Solo exhibition booth).
2016: Insides Outsides,Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Ed Fornieles, Gregory Kalliche, Lawrence Lek, Sara Ludy, Clement Valla, at Hotel-art.us with www. sydneysydney.net, Sydney, Australia. Group show.
2016: BRIC Biennial, Brooklyn, New York. Group show.
2016: New Realities, Moving Image Fair, Istanbul. Group show.
2016: Territories Temporales, Centra Negra, Spain. Group show.
2016: Temple Video Festival, Temple University, Philadelpia. Group show.
2016: Eco-frames Ttravelling exhibition), Botanical Garden, Maynar Sur Seine, France. Group show.
2016: Tipping points, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Joey Holder, Rachel Pimm and Andreas Ervik, curated by Angela Chan, Podium, Oslo. Group show.
2016: BNL, Media Art Festival, MAXXI, Museum of Modern Art, Rome. Group show.
2016: Eco-frames (Travelling exhibition), CAAM, Las Palmas De Gran Canaria, Spain. Group show.
2016: Perverse Instantiations, curated by Carla Gannis, Project Space 184, Brooklyn. Group show.
2015: A Cartography of Fantasia, Sleep Center, New York. Solo show.
2015: Eco- frames, IVAM, Museum of Modern Art, Valencia. Group show.
2015: Cartographies, shown at COAM- Colegia Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid, Institute. of Architecture [National Institute of Architecture, Madrid]. Curated by AADK. Group show.
2015: Pin-up: Space and Place. Photo Hastings. Group show.
2015: Fantasia, AADK, Blanca, Murcia. Group show.
2015: FOCUS, festival for video-art, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen. Group show.
2014: We Take No Responsibility, Udstillingsstedet, Q, Copenhagen. Group show.
2014: Media Memoirs, Shanghai Design and Art Festival, The West Bund Museum. Curated by Wang Xin. China. Group show.
2014: The Other Side, Copenhagen Artists Run Festival, OK CORRAL, Copenhagen. Group show.
2013: Invite Only, TAARNET, Copenhagen. Group show.
2013: PERSPECTIVES, Humanities Main Library, Copenhagen University. Group show.
2013: INTRANSIT, V22, London. Group show.
2013: The Convergence of the Twain, London Science Museum. Group show.
2018, March - 2019, March: Harvestworks, NYC
2017, December - February, 2017: Artist Alliance Artist Residency, Lower East Side, NYC.
2017, May- November, Mana Contemporary Art Center, New Media Artist in Residence Program
2016, September- November, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art
2016, June- August: BRIC, Brooklyn Media Arts Center, NYC
2016, January: MASS MoCA/Assets for artist program in North Adams, Massachusetts
2015, May-July: AADK, (Aktuelle Arkitektur der Kultur Berlin/Spain), Spain
SELECTED INTERVIEWS AND CONVERSATIONS
2018, May: "How a YouTube video brought an extinct bird back from the dead", ENGADGET and Silica Magazine, https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/25/kauai-oo-honeyeater-youtube-memorial-ghost-media/
2017, December: Isthisit? Issue 3, Interview with Bob Mitchell-Knight, http://www.isthisitisthisit.com/issue-03
2017, October: "Reality Extended" MOUSSE MAGAZINE, J. K. Steensen, Kataharine Vegas and Ben Vickers. Mousse Magazine, vol. 60. http://moussemagazine.it/product/mousse-60/
2017, April: How to make VR extravenganza? We went behind the scenes to find out. By Brian Boucher, ARTNEWS, Artnet. https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/vr-artworks-artists-926351
2016, August: Video interview by John Carluccio for QINUA, Brooklyn
2016, August: Interview by Delphine Douglas for BRIC, blog
2016, March: TSOEG- Extensive interview by Luce Choules on the role of field work in my practice
2015, November: WORM, interview by curator and writer Angela Chan on "Decay, Ecology and Technology" on my work A Cartography of Fantasia
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, March: "Fra Brattora kan du ga inn i en park i Brooklyn", Interview in Adresse avisen, the regional newspaper of Trondheim, Norway.
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, July: CNN, "Virtually unknown, how to put a price on virtual reality art", http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/25/arts/oliver-giles-vr-art/index.html
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, December: http://www.wcpo.com/news/insider/new-years-eve-at-21c-museum-hotel-will-be-an-immersive-virtual-reality-celebration
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, November: Terratic Animism mentioned on BKreader as part of BRIC Biennaial
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, July: La Opinion, Spain, "El Centro Negra celebra una jornada de puertas abiertas con sus artistas residentes"
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
CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS
2018: Artist talk at CLICK Festival, Denmark
2018: In-conversation with curator Barbara London "Newfangled Realities: Virtual Reality, Video Gaming, and Media Art", for Festival International de la Imagen, Manizales, Colombia
2018: Artist presentation and discussion panel on VR, art and technology at Jepson Centre for the arts, Savannah.
2017: Artist presentation and panel on VR and cultural institutions at Godsbanen Cultural Centre, Aarhus, organized by HOTELPROFORMA.
2017: IMAGINATION, TECHNOLOGY, ECOLOGY, world-building in VR, at COPENX tech and cultural conference, Copenhagen.
2017: "The Next Storytelling Frontier: Accessing New Realities with Emerging Technology", moderated by Sarah Wolozin, Director of MIT Documentary Media Lab. Rus Gant, director of Harvard Visualization Reseach and Teaching Laborator, in discussion with VR artist Jakob Kudstk Steensen, Bill Lange director of center for advanved imaging and visualization laboratory WHOI (woods hole oceanic research institute) and Carla Borras from FRONTLINE. Woodshole Film Festival, 2017.
2017: Imagination, technology and ecology - on the importance of real world explorations for VR development, expert talk at The Creative Techweek, NYC
2016: Primal Tourism, artist talk at University of Omaha, department of Fine Art and Art History
2015: Future Ecologies, talk as part of Natalie Jeremijenko's university course on ecology and architecture at Tisch School of Arts, NYU
2015: Utopian Tourism, Dome of Visions, Copenhagen
2014: ”Aesthetics as the science of expressions”, A Symposium on the Dialogic Imagination, Central St. Martins, School of Fine Arts, University of the Arts London.
2014: ”Romantic Media Studies”, POPMODERNISM, NSU Winter Symposium, Stockholm University.
2017: Unreal Dev Grant for TREEVR (Art director and lead developer in TREE VR by NEW REALITY CO and The Rain Forest Alliance)
2017: Lumiere Awards, best location based VR (Art director and lead developer in TREE VR by NEW REALITY CO and The Rain Forest Alliance)
2017: LUMEN ART PRICE, Finalist in the VR category
2017: The Danish Arts Foundation, art work production grant
2016: Kunststyrelsen Danmark (The Danish Art Foundation), working grant
2015: Kunststyrelsen Danmark (The Danish Art Foundation), Sponsor of my residency and work production at AADK, Spain
2015: Noerrebro Lokaludvalg, sponsor of my exhibition Anti-Humanism
2012: Augustinus Foundation, sponsorship of tuition fee at Central St. Martins, School of Arts and Design, London
2011: Erasmus Grant for new media studies at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
2009: NORDIC CENTER SHANGHAI, Sponsored PARTICIPATION at Fudan University, China
The Current Museum
21stc Museum Hotels
2015: Copenhagen Speed-show #1, net-art exhibited at a net-cafe in Noerrebro, Copenhagen.
2015: 8-bits of Anti-Humanism with Lu Yang, Meneo and Goto80, Science Friction, Copenhagen.
2015: Anti-Humanism with Lu Yang. Ok Corral, Copenhagen.
TREE VR, shown at Sundance and TriBeCa Film Festival
2017, Cannes Film Festival - Art director and lead developer in TREE VR by NEW REALITY CO and The Rain Forest Alliance
2017, TriBeCa Film Festival - Art director and lead developer in TREE VR by NEW REALITY CO and The Rain Forest Alliance
2017, Sundance Film Festival - Art director and lead developer on TREE VR by NEW REALITY CO and The Rain Forest Alliance
2012-2014 MA Art. Copenhagen University
2012-2013 MFA (PG-cert) Central St. Martins, School of Fine Art
2009-2012 BA. Art in Art and New Media, Aarhus University
2011 Erasmus student, New Media Studies. Vrieje Universiteit, Amsterdam
2010 Exchange Student, Art, Fudan University, Shanghai