Jakob Kudsk SteensenBerlBerl.world
The virtual world BerlBerl.world begins with a swamp as its protagonist – its ecosystem, history and mythologies – and pays tribute to Berlin's origin as a wetland that formed over 10,000 years ago, and was drained in the 1700s. ‘Berl’, the ancient Slavic word for ‘swamp’, is thought to be the origin of ‘Berlin’ and gave the exhibition its name.
To explore Berl-Berl online, scroll the Triglav: a deity that represents the three dimensions of Slavic cosmology: heaven, earth, and the underworld.
Jakob Kudsk Steensen
Jakob Kudsk Steensen (b. 1987, Denmark) lives and works in Berlin. His artistic practice deals with environmental storytelling through 3D animations, sound works and immersive installations. Kudsk Steensen has recently exhibited at venues including: Serpentine Galleries, London (2020/2019); Venice Biennale (2019); PinchukArtCentre, Kiev (2019); MATADERO Madrid (2019); Pylon-Hub, Dresden (2019); Tranen Space for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen (2018); South by Southwest, Austin (2019); 5th Trondheim Biennale for Art and Technology (2018); Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2017); Ok Corral, Copenhagen (2017); BRIC Brooklyn (2016); MAXXI Rome (2016); FRIEZE London (2019). The artist was the inaugural recipient of the Serpentine Galleries’ Augmented Architecture Commission, which was established with Google Arts & Culture and architect Sir David Adjaye, OBE in 2019. Kudsk Steensen was shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize 2019. As part of the awards programme, he was invited to create and exhibit new installations of RE-ANIMATED (2017–18) in Kiev and Venice. He has received awards from the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival (2019), Telly Awards (2018), Games for Change Awards (2018), Danish Arts Foundation (2017), Lumen Prize (2017), Lumière Foundation (2017), Augustinus Foundation (2012) and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.
Jakob Kudsk Steensen : Berl-Berl
Jakob Kudsk Steensen: Berl-Berl, 2021
Sound composition and music by Matt McCorkle
Featuring music by Arca
© 2021 Jakob Kudsk Steensen
Commissioned by Light Art Space (LAS)
Curated by Emma Enderby
Visual Identity: Wkshps x Studio Pandan