[spectre] Podcast: sound artist Jacob Kirkegaard on listening

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Thu Oct 28 18:44:12 CEST 2021

>From the vault: *Podcast: sound artist Jacob Kirkegaard on listening*

In 2014, we interviewed Norwegian artist *Jacob Kirkegaard* as part of a
research project entitled ON LISTENING. This podcast takes us back to that

Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/extra/jacob-kierkegaard/capsula

With projects on the deserts of Oman, the Chernobyl 'zone of alienation',
Arctic calving glaciers and the tones generated by the human inner ear
itself, mapping out Jacob Kirkegaard's artistic practice is no easy task.
He allows himself to be led by wonder, focusing on hidden or unheard layers
of sound and sonic phenomena in highly charged contexts.

Kirkegaard uses accelerometers – special contact microphones that record
the imperceptible vibrations of materials – to capture hidden resonances.
He later works these sounds into compositions or mixed media installations
that channel an access to an inner world, addressing complex and often
conflicting realities from a neutral standpoint: it is just sound.

A cluster of keywords may suggest an insight into his artistic practice:
resonant frequencies; accelerometer; Fukushima; calving glacier;
metalistening; space; Palestine; neutrality; radiation; John Cage,
hydrophones, cochlear; layering; otoacoustic emissions; Arctic; rooms;
disharmonic; sleep; nuclear; recording.

Kirkegaard is a graduate of the Academy for Media Arts in Cologne and a
member of the sound art collective freq_out. He regularly collaborated with
the late electronics pioneer Else Marie Pade. His first retrospective solo
exhibition was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde, and he
has presented his work at galleries, museums, and concert spaces throughout
the world. His sound works have been released on labels such as TOUCH,
Important Records, VON Archives and Posh Isolation.

*In this podcast, Kierkegaard reflects on the importance of listening and
argues that sound art can create purely sensory spaces that go beyond our
immediate perception, helping us to grasp the unfathomable.*
02:04 The medium is not often the message
06:48 Framing ressonant frequencies
10:26 Maybe I never went to Chernobyl
17:52 Sound as side effect
20:02 Isfald, 2013
25:33 On neutrality
27:05 How to record a place
31:51 Doubt, knowledge, wonder
37:45 Ottoacoustic Emissions
47:30 Earprint: Spontaneous Ottoacoustic Emissions
53:43 If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it
make a sound?
56:09 "House of Mare", 2010

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