29 Jan
Concert hall

8:30 pm

Jacob KirkegaardDK

Jacob Kirkegaard is a Danish artist who focuses on the scientific and aesthetic aspects of resonance, time, sound and hearing.

His installations, compositions and performances deal with acoustic spaces and phenomena that usually remain imperceptible.

Using unorthodox recording tools, including accelerometers, hydrophones and home-built electromagnetic receivers, Kirkegaard captures and contextualizes hitherto unheard sounds from within a variety of environments : a geyser, a sand dune, a nuclear power plant, an empty room, a TV tower, and even sounds from the human inner ear itself.

Now based in Berlin, Kirkegaard is a graduate of the Academy for Media Arts in Cologne, Germany.

Over the last fifteen years, Kirkegaard has presented his works at exhibitions and at festivals and conferences throughout the world such as Club Transmediale in Berlin, James Cohan Gallery and Diapason in New York as well as Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles and Museum of Contemporary Art in Denmark.

He has released five albums (mostly on the British label Touch). Jacob is also a member of the sound art collective freq_out.

At Hertz 2011 Kirkegaard presents ‘Labyrinthitis’

Jacob Kirkegaard has turned his ears inwards: His work ‘Labyrinthitis’ is an interactive sound piece that consists entirely of sounds generated in the artist’s auditory organs, and will cause audible responses in those of the audience.


Kirkegaard is sitting in a soundproof booth, a specialized scientific room, with tiny speakers and microphones in his ears. In this way alone, Kirkegaard has countered Duchamp’s dictum: One can look at seeing, one can’t hear hearing.

Douglas Kahn