PHOTO: © Jakob Kudsk Steensen via Hamburger Kunsthalle


In the organizer's words:

With The Ephemeral Lake, the Hamburger Kunsthalle is presenting an immersive installation to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) in 2024, which interacts the unique expressive power of the works of the important Romantic painter with digital landscapes of the 21st century. The latest project by Danish artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen (*1987) combines landscape painting with the latest digital media technology such as 3D painting, interactive design, virtual worldbuilding and ambisonic sound in an extraordinary spatial installation exclusively for the Kunsthalle. With this visually stunning work inspired by Caspar David Friedrich, Steensen examines an impressive natural phenomenon: "Ephemeral Lakes" is a geological term that describes the formation of periodically occurring water accumulations in dry, barren, often desert-like landscapes. Steensen transforms scans and artifacts from his extensive research trips to some of the most inhospitable areas on earth into an interactive exhibition driven by AI, music and sound recordings of the environment. The virtual spaces of the artwork combine with the inner worlds of the visitors to create a very personal experience and thus - in the spirit of Romantic painting - thematize the turn to nature and the relationship between figure and landscape.

Jakob Kudsk Steensen uses 3D animation, sound and digital technologies to create immersive installations that bring often overlooked or endangered natural phenomena to life through virtual simulations. Most recently, his works Liminal Lands were exhibited at Luma Arles and Berl-Berl at the Halle am Berghain in Berlin and at the ARoS Museum of Art in Aarhus. Curator: Ulrich Schrauth

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Hamburger Kunsthalle Glockengießerwall 5 20095 Hamburg

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