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Photo by Arild Midtbø Kalseth

Arta sonoră a lui Jacob Kirkegaard explorează modalități de a reflecta asupra aspectelor imediate complexe, neobservate, neglijate sau nepotrivite ale condiției sau civilizației umane. Lucrările sale au tratat teme precum radioactivitatea din Cernobîl și Fukushima, topirea ghețarilor din Antarctica, zidurile de graniță din Palestina și tonurile – emisiile otoacustice — generate de urechea umană. Printr-o abordarea multidimensională și cercetări ample, aceste fenomene complexe și condiții actuale sunt prezentate prin compoziții, instalații, video și fotografie.


A sound work on four significant death-spaces
Four listening spaces for one of the existential and natural aspects of being alive, which is death.

The project portrays four sound environments that the human body commonly will be surrounded by or exposed to after dying: a morgue, an autopsy, a cremation and the decomposition – events that no one will ever get to sense on their own bodies because of the very fact of death. OPUS MORS is an immersive, intimate and powerfully detailed sonic meditation into these four significant death spaces.

Opus Morturarium
Two ambient recordings made inside two morgues listens within the deep tones from the facilities that keep the corpses cold

Opus Autopsia
Detailed near-field sound recordings of a full autopsy starting with opening the corpse, following the removal and slicing and cutting open all the organs and brain, to finally returning all the organs, closing and washing the corpse. This work reveals each unique sonic timbre of the human organs. 

Opus Crematio
Coffin being rolled into the oven, the oven’s different burning stages, the removal and relocation of the ashes into the ash cooler and then to the bone crusher. Finally, the ashes being poured into the urn. Vibration sensors placed on the surfaces of the oven reveal the inside sound environment of the oven. 

Opus Putesco
Sound recordings made at a forensic study facility where donated corpses are placed in an enclosed nature area to decompose while being studied. This work was made from near-field sound recordings of decomposing corpses recorded with measurement microphones placed 1 cm above – as well as with vibration sensors inside the corpses.