Liminal Lands – GIFF 2022
Liminal Lands, GIFF 2021
© 2021 Jakob Kudsk Steensen
International Immersive Works Competition

Liminal Lands

Swiss Premiere
Jakob Kudsk Kudsk Steensen
France, Denmark, United States
2021, 18min
Experimental, VR
No Dialogue
Produced as a series of moving paintings, Liminal Lands is a journey to the elements of the land and sea. A fascinating and quasi-mystical immersion in the yet so familiar strangeness of our natural environment.

Danish artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen’s latest virtual reality work once again challenges our sensitivity to the energies of the natural world. Both fiction and documentary, Liminal Lands is woven like a sonic and visual narrative about the passing seasons in a crystallized wetland, as if cut off from the rest of the world. A sensory and quasi-mystical journey in the heart of a natural reserve where the movements of the participants influence what surrounds them.

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Creation
Jakob Kudsk Kudsk Steensen
Key collaborators
Key collaborators
Matt McCorkle (Sound artist)
3D Design
Jakob Kudsk Steensen
Interaction Design
Jakob Kudsk Steensen
Production
Erratic Animist (Liz Kircher)
Supported by
Luma Foundation
World sales
Liz Kircher

Jakob  Kudsk Kudsk Steensen, GIFF 2021
Jakob Kudsk Kudsk Steensen
b. 1987, Denmark
Jakob Kudsk Steensen brings together physical, virtual, real and imagined landscapes in mixed reality immersive installations. Using a site specific and slow media approach, he reimagines stories of overlooked ecosystems and forgotten natural histories. He is concerned with how imagination, technology and ecology intertwine, investigating how people relate to the natural world on an emotional level. His immersive installations pull the audience into a deeply sensorial and meditative journey. Steensen has been dubbed the “digital gardener. His work stems from the idea that that technology and nature are transforming exponentially faster than we can comprehend and it is vital now more than ever that we connect back to the pulses and energies of the earth, of geological timescales.
His works are created through collaborations with artists, scientists, and natural history museums, including; Michael Riesman, musical director of Philip Glass Ensemble, architect David Adjaye, and the Museum of Natural History in New York City and London.
The artist has participated in residencies including the Luma Foundation in France to La Becque in Switzerland, and from Bemis Art Center to MASS MoCA in the USA, allowing him to develop and construct his new virtual and terrestrial universes over months of extensive research, collaboration and field work.
Jakob was a finalist for the Future Generation Art Prize at the 2019 Venice Biennale. He received the Serpentine Augmented Architecture commissioni in 2019 to create his work The Deep Listener with Google Arts and Culture. He is the recipient of the best VR graphics for RE-ANIMATED (2019) at the Cinequest Festival for Technology and Cinema, the Prix du Jury (2019) at Les Rencontres Arles, the Webby Award - People’s Choice VR (2018), and the Games for Change Award - Most Innovative (2018), among others.
Prior works
2019, RE-ANIMATED

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