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Series “Paying Tribute to the Landscape”- Darren Almond & Jacob Kirkegaard

Beyond the Arctic Void

Swirling winds of diamond dust, rainbow refractions everywhere, deep sounds emanating from under the ice. Artists Darren Almond and Jacob Kirkegaard share their extraordinary experiences of the Arctic.

Meet English artist Darren Almond and Danish artist Jacob Kirkegaard in this video where they talk of their different approaches to the interpretation of the Arctic - Kirkegaard works with sound under the ice, and Almond with pictures over the ice - yet they both share similar observations.

Jacob Kirkegaard talks about his experience of the Arctic as well as of the creation of his recent work ISFALD (Icefall) which is audible in the video. The installation is a dark room with sounds rising from precise points on the floor - recordings of ice sheets falling into the sea, melting or scratching against on another.

English artist Darren James Almond (b. 1971) works in a variety of media including photography and film, which he uses to explore the effects of time on the individual. He uses film, photography and sculptural work to harnesses the symbolic and emotional potential of objects, places and situations, producing works which have universal as well as personal resonances.

Almond was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2005, where he exhibited the four-screen video installation If I Had You (2003) about his grandmother -- 'a portrait of youthful reminiscence and the dignity of old age' In 1996, Almond was awarded the Art & Innovation Prize by the Institute of Contemporary Art, London, followed by his solo exhibition at White Cube, London in 1997. Almond has participated in numerous biennials around the world, including the Venice Biennale in 2003. Almond graduated from Winchester School of Art in 1993, with a BA (hons) degree in Fine Arts.

Danish artist Jacob Kirkegaard (b.1975) is best known for his sound installations, such as 'AION' (2006) which was recently part of MoMa's first major exhibition of sound art: Soundings. AION is a recording of abandoned spaces at Chernobyl. Kirkegaard recorded ten minutes within each space and then played the recording back into the room, layering the sound to create a unique tone emanating from a seeming void.

Kirkegaard is a graduate of the Academy for Media Arts in Cologne (2006) and is currently based in Berlin, Germany. Parallel to his studies, he has been giving lectures on sound and space at the Royal Architect Academy and at the Art Academy in Copenhagen.

Darren Almond was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner at Great Western Studios, London, 2013

Jacob Kirkegaard was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner in his installation ISFALD at the ARCTIC exhibition, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2013

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