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Born in Munich, Germany (1989). Lives and works in Munich.

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Born Denmark (1975). Lives and works in Copenhagen.


Jacob Kirkegaard records acoustic and visual properties of carefully selected environments to generate spatial installations, sound sculpture and photography. His works reveal unheard and unseen phenomena, and present listening (to both sound and imagery) as a means of experiencing the world. Kirkegaard has recorded environments as different as subterranean geyser vibrations, empty rooms in Chernobyl, Arctic calving glaciers and tones generated by the human inner ear itself. 

Kirkegaard participated in the 21st Biennale of Sydney with Through the Wall, a large-scale installation revealing a merging sound environment from both sides of the Israeli West Bank Barrier. Kirkegaard's sound works have been released on labels such as Important Records (USA), Touch (UK), mAtter (JAP) and Posh Isolation (DK). He is a founding member of the sound art collective freq_out as well as the not-for-profit arts organisation TOPOS. In 2016 Kirkegaard was the sound-artist-in-residency at St. John's College, University of Oxford, U.K.

Jacob Kirkegaard graduated from the Media Art Academy in Cologne in 2006. He has exhibited at numerous institutions throughout the world, including MoMA, The Hood Museum, LOUISIANA, ARoS, KW, The Menil Collection, Rothko Chapel, Aichi Triennale, and Mori Art Museum. His work is in the collections of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum in Denmark, and Bell Gallery at Brown University, USA.



Through What Agency?

MCA Santa Barbara

May 2022

Jacob Kirkegaard: TESTIMONIUM

The Wire

April 2021

Listening to the Heart: Jacob Kirkegaard Interviewed by Julie Martin

BOMB Magazine

March 5, 2021

Jacob Kirkegaard: Testimonium


February 27, 2021

Decaying Sound, Sounding Decay: Jacob Kirkegaard

Flash Art

February 23, 2021

Need More Nature? Listen to 12 Essential Field Recordings

New York Times

June 3, 2020

Portfolio by Takashi Arai & Jacob Kirkegaard


March 3, 2020

Jacob Kirkegaard: Creating Space for Awareness with Sound

​National Sawdust Log

December 26, 2019

Danish sound artist Jacob Kirkegaard creates from within the scorched Chernobyl environment


March 30, 2017


ALL EARS ON ETHIOPIA – explorations of sound artist Jacob Kirkegaard

The Guardian

September 30, 2012


Other Realm of Sea

Sensate Journal

April 2011

Jacob Kirkegaard: The Poetics of Space


March 2010

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