"M E M B R A N E"
Illustration: MEMBRANE, Jacob Kirkegaard, 2020
Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and Danish Cultural Institute in Warsaw invite you to a presentation of Jacob Kirkegaard's “Membrane”.
MEMBRANE is a sound portrait of the growing border wall that separates Mexico and the U.S. This long metal barrier takes many forms and is made of many different materials, as it winds and twists several thousand kilometers through deserts, plains, and mountains, crossing Native American land, national parks, and even city streets to end in the Pacific Ocean.
Kirkegaard travelled along the wall from El Paso to Tijuana, stopping at sites on both sides of the wall to record ambient sounds of the surrounding landscape a well as the inner sounds of the metal structure: by attaching vibration sensors directly to the wall at each site, he captured the resonant frequencies of the different wall structures.
Membrane, with its panoramic vistas and penetrating close up views of the wall, reveals that this seemingly desolate and silent area of the American Southwest is alive with light and shadow, and especially with sound, the sound of the wall itself.
The event is organized in cooperation with the Danish Cultural Institute in Warsaw.
The sound art of Jacob Kirkegaard explores ways to reflect on complex, unnoticed or unapproachable conditions and environments. In 1981, at the age of six, Kirkegaard made his first sound recordings and in 1994 he was introduced to the world of sound art. His works have treated themes such as radioactivity in Chernobyl and Fukushima, border walls in global and metaphorical contexts and melting ice in the Arctic. Two of his recent works are immersive acoustic explorations into global waste management and of processes related to when a human being dies. The core element and method of his work derive from the use of sound recordings of the tangible aspects from its intangible themes.
Kirkegaard has presented his works at galleries, museums, biennales and concert spaces throughout the world, including MoMA in New York, LOUISIANA - Museum of Modern Art, The Sydney Biennale in Australia, the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan.
Kirkegaard's sound works have been released on labels such as Important Records (USA), Touch (UK), mAtter (JAP) and Posh Isolation (DK).