Jakob Kudsk Steensen

Jul 10, 2021 — Sep 26, 2021
Halle am Berghain

An immersive installation that leads us to Berlin's origins as a swamp formed by a glacial valley over 10,000 years old.

Jakob Kudsk Steensen's new commissioned work and his first exhibition in Berlin transforms the Halle am Berghain into a portal leading to a world of past wetlands and extinct species reanimated.

Artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen (b. 1987, Denmark) uses animation, Mixed Reality (MR) and Virtual Reality (VR) to reinterpret ecosystems that have been neglected or lost. His works invite the viewer to bridge time and place, creating installations where we can see, listen and explore natural worlds otherwise invisible to us. His exhibition at Halle am Berghain, commissioned by LAS, will enable visitors to experience the local landscape over time. The focus of the work is on Berlin's origins in the swampy landscape of the glacial valley that emerged more than 10,000 years ago.

Kudsk Steensen’s projects are rooted in extensive field research, as well as collaborations with biologists, historians, composers and writers. For his LAS commission, Kudsk Steensen is researching wetlands such as Germany’s Spreewald region and documenting their ecosystem and soil layers. The artist is also working with the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin to use their extensive archive of extinct species, and sounds of insects and amphibians from Berlin and its surrounding landscapes.

By combining his recordings from the wetlands with research on extinct animal species, the artist builds a bridge between us and the history beneath our feet - Kudsk Steensen describes this as “touching time”. In this way, the Halle am Berghain will be transformed into a portal in which relics of the Ice Age connect to present-day wetlands - lost worlds revived in the present day.

Guest Curator: Emma Enderby, Assisted by Liz Stumpf


Jakob Kudsk Steensen's artistic practice deals with environmental storytelling in the form of 3D animations, sound works and immersive installations.
Biography, Jakob Kudsk Steensen


Emma Enderby is the guest curator for Jakob Kudsk Steensen’s exhibition project at Halle am Berghain.
Biography, Emma Enderby

“Often new perspectives on ecology arise through upheavals in the field of technology.”

Jakob Kudsk Steensen in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serpentine Galleries, 20 June 2019

Jakob Kudsk Steensen © Hugo Glendinning


“Art can offer new, poetic ways of sensing virtual space.”

Jakob Kudsk Steensen in conversation with Xin Wang for Art Agenda Conversations, 21 May 2020

Jakob Kudsk Steensen, 3D scan of algae, work in progress, 2020.