For his first solo exhibition in Berlin, Danish artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen has dived into the city’s geological history. After the end of the last ice age, numerous marshes formed in the glacial valley in which Berlin now stands – the city’s name actually derives from the Slavic word “berl”, meaning swamp. Now Steensen is bringing new life to these former wetlands or, more specifically, to Halle am Berghain as part of cultural project Light Art Space (LAS). Steensen has transformed the club space into an immersive, virtual swampland where you, the visitor, can lose yourself. The artist’s aim was to combine relics of the past with local myths and contemporary found objects. The installation that results combines taxidermy with animal sounds courtesy of Berlin’s Natural History Museum, counterposed with alienating photographs of animals and plants taken by the artist during recent travels in Spreewald. Berl-Berl is an exhibition that surrounds you, not least because of the rich musical landscape provided by sound artist Matt McCorkle and singer Arca. As well as at Berghain, you can experience the installations online by visiting BerlBerl.world.
Text: Laura Storfner / Credit & Photos: Jakob Kudsk Steensen & Berl-Berl (2021)
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