Jakob Kudsk Steensen (b. 1987, Denmark)

Contact
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 City. He is concerned with how imagination, technology and ecology intertwine. In a practice that emphasizes field work and collaboration, Kudsk Steensen develops VR and video installations that invite viewers into new ecological realities. He collaborates with NGOs, researchers, residencies, and artists across disciplines, and ventures on intense excursions where he collects organic material to convert into digital worlds through a variety of digital processes. Inspired by ecology-oriented science fiction and conversations with biologists and ethnographers, his projects are ultimately virtual simulations inhabited by mythical beings existing in radical ecological scenarios.

Kudsk Steensen has recently exhibited internationally at the Venice Biennale, the PinchukArtCentre, Tranen, SXSW, 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.

The artist is the first recipient of the Serpentine Galleries’ Augmented Architecture Commission, created in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture and Sir David Adjaye, OBE, which will debut in July 2019. He was shortlisted 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. Since 2018, Kudsk Steensen's work as an art director and artist has won him a Cinequest Best Graphics award, 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.

RESIDENCIES

2020 (Upcoming), January - May, Luma Foundation, Arles, France
2019 (Upcoming), Autumn: La Becque Artist Residency, La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland

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

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
“The Deep Listener”, Serpentine Galleries, London
“RE-ANIMATED”, Pylon-Hub, Dresden

2018
“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

2017
"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

2016
"Primal Tourism", Istanbul Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey

2015
“A Cartography of Fantasia”, Sleep Center, New York NY

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
RE-ANIMATED at the 2019 Venice Biennial for the Future Generations Art Prize exhibition by Pinchuk Foundation
Speculative Species - VR art in the age of the anthropocene, Espronceda, Barcelona. Curated by Tina Saurlander.
Eco-visionarios: Arte para un Planeta en Emergencia, MATADERO, Madrid, Spain
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

2018
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

2017
"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
“AMBIENT OCCLUSION”, GOSSAMER FOG, London, England
“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

2016
“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

2015
“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

2014
“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

2013
“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 

AWARDS

2019
Cinequest Festival for Technology and Cinema, best VR graphics for RE-ANIMATED
Prix du Jury (Jury price), Les Contres Arles, VR arles

2018     
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

2017
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
2016
Kunststyrelsen Danmark (The Danish Art Foundation)
2015
Kunststyrelsen Danmark (The Danish Art Foundation)
2012
Augustinus Foundation

FILM FESTIVALS

2019
SXSW, Immersive Cinema, Official Selection in the immersive film program, RE-ANIMATED
CPH DOX Copenhagen, Film Festival, Official Selection in the immersive film program, RE-ANIMATED
CPH DOX CopenhagenFilm Festival, Official Selection in the VR art program, AQUAPHOBIA
Cinequest Film Festival, Official Selection, RE-ANIMATED
Anima Mundi, Brazil, Immersive Cinema, RE-ANIMATED
Les Contres Arles, VR Arles, RE-ANIMATED
CURRENTS: Santa Fe International New Media Festival, RE-ANIMATED
VRHam! Immersive Cinema, Official Selection, RE-ANIMATED

2018
Geneva International Film Festival, RE-ANIMATED
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, TREE VR
Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival, TREE VR
CPH:DOX Copenhagen, TREE VR

2017
Cannes Film Festival - Art director and lead developer on TREE VR by NEW REALITY CO and The Rainforest Alliance
TriBeCa Film Festival - Art director and lead developer on TREE VR by NEW REALITY CO and The Rainforest Alliance
Sundance Film Festival - Art director and lead developer on TREE VR  by NEW REALITY CO and The Rainforest Alliance

FESTIVALS

2019
Games for Change Festival, RE-ANIMATED, New York
The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), World VR Forum, ITU, Geneva Switzerland

2018
Games for Change Festival, TREE VR

SELECTED INTERVIEWS AND CONVERSATIONS

2019
”Hans Ulrich Obrist and Jakob Kudsk Steensen in conversation”, opening of Serpentine Annual Pavillion, Serpentine Galleries. Interview transcribed in The Deep Listener (book), Serpentine Galleries
”The Deep Listener - an immersive journey through Hyde Park”, video interview with David Adjaye, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Jakob Kudsk Steensen on The Deep Listener, Link.
“Jakob Kudsk Steensen Our Middle Existence”, Louisiana Channel (video interview), https://channel.louisiana.dk/video/jakob-kudsk-steensen-%EF%BB%BFour-middle-existence
”Neue Welt (New World)”, Das Magazin, interview and article by Hans Ulrich Obrist, https://www.dasmagazin.ch/2019/05/10/neue-welt/
”Jakob Kudsk Steensen Creating Overwhelmingly Complex Worlds”, CLOT Magazine, interview by Polly Bindman, jakob-kudsk-steensen-creating-overwhelmingly-complex-world

2018
”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/

2017
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

2016
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/

2015
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

PRESS

2019, “The natural world meets the virtual in Jakob Kudsk Steensen's augmented reality experience at Serpentine Galleries”, by Ben Luke, The Art Newspaper, https://www.theartnewspaper.com/review/jakob-kudsk-steenson-the-deep-listener-at-the-serpentine-galleries
2019, “The Artists Using Technology to Harness the Forces of Nature”, by Sanjana Varghese, Elephant Magazine, https://elephant.art/the-artists-using-technology-to-harness-the-forces-of-nature/
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 

CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS

2019
”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.

2018
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

2017
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

2016
”Artist Talk: Primal Tourism”, department of Fine Art and Art History, University of Omaha, Omaha, NE

2015
”Future Ecologies”, Tisch School of Arts, NYU, New York NY
”Utopian Tourism”, Dome of Visions, Copenhagen, Denmark

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, London, England
”Romantic Media Studies”, POPMODERNISM, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

EDUCATION

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