Life goes on... like an echo in the forest...


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2020. 1. 14.

  Catharsis is an artwork by Jakob Kudsk Steensen immersing audiences within a digital simulation of
  a re-imagined old-growth forest, a forest that has developed undisturbed over hundreds of years.


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 large-scale video and XR installations that invite viewers into new ecological realities. Key collaborators include Composer and Musical Director for the Philip Glass Ensemble Michael Riesman, Ornithologist and author Dr. Douglas H. Pratt, Architect Sir David Adjaye OBE RA, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the Natural History Museum London, among others.

Kudsk Steensen has recently exhibited internationally at the Venice Biennale, the Serpentine Galleries, the PinchukArtCentre, MATADERO Madrid, Tranen Center for Contemporary Art, Pylon-Hub, SXSW, BRIC Brooklyn, the 5th Trondheim Biennale for Art and Technology, the Carnegie Museum of Art, MAXXI Rome, FRIEZE London, and Ok Corral, among other institutions and festivals.

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. The Deep Listener was the first project of its kind to use Augmented Reality to take the public on an audio-visual ecological expedition through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, London.

Kudsk Steensen was shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize 2019. As part of the awards program, he was invited to create and exhibit new installations of RE-ANIMATED (2017-18) in Kieve and Venice. He has received awards from the Danish Arts Foundation, The Augustinus Foundation, the Lumen Arts Prize, The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, Games for Change, the Lumiere Foundation, The Telly Awards, and Cinequest Festival.

Kudsk Steensen is currently an Artist-in-Residence at La Becque, a Swiss residency focused on nature and technology. Next he will join the residency program at Luma Arles in France. He has held residencies at Mana Contemporary, Harvestworks, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, AADK, Centra Negra, MASS MoCA, and BRIC Brooklyn. He is an alumnus of NEW INC, a technology and culture incubator by The NEW MUSEUM, in NYC.


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

2019: Art_React, Azores, September
2017-2019: Mana Contemporary Art Center, Artist in Residence, Jersey City NJ
2017 - 2018: Member, NEW Inc, New York NY
2018: Harvestworks, New York NY
2017: Artist Alliance Residency, New York NY
2016: Bemis Center for Contemporary Art Omaha NE
2016: BRIC Residency, Brooklyn Media Arts Center, New York NY
2016: The Studios at MASS MoCA, Assets for Artists, North Adams MA
2015: AADK Spain, Aktuelle Architektur Der Kultur, Blanca, Spain


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

“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

"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

"Primal Tourism", Istanbul Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey

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


Extemporary, Art out of Time. NCCA Arsenal, September 14- December 8. Curated by Toke Lykkeberg Nielsen. Novgorod, Russia.
COSMIC EXISTENCE - Unexpected Encounters, possible futures. Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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

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

"GHOST, GHOST, GHOST, MACHINE!", Serpentine Galleries, London, England
Isthisit? "Why don't we get a kick-starter going for an ISP?", online group exhibition,
“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
“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,, 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

“Insides Outsides”,, 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

“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

“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

“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 


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

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

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
Kunststyrelsen Danmark (The Danish Art Foundation)
Kunststyrelsen Danmark (The Danish Art Foundation)
Augustinus Foundation


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

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

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


Games for Change Festival, RE-ANIMATED, New York
The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), World VR Forum, ITU, Geneva Switzerland
Catharsis”, YES Conference, Kiev
”RE-WILDLING”, Screen City Biennial, Norway
”RE-ANIMATED”, JI.HVLA Festival, Czech Republic
”RE-ANIMATED”, Wave of Tomorrow, Jakarta, Indonesia

Games for Change Festival, TREE VR


”Life Hacked”, Manchester International, UK
”The Deep Listener”, Serpentine Galleries, London
”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.

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

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

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

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

”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


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

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