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Terratic Animism

Terratic Animism explores connections between dystopian mythologies revolving around climate change, and the idea of digital animation as a form of animism that connect us to the world around us. The work was developed by artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen, after he spent one month exploring derelict energy infrastructures scattered around mountains north of MASS MoCA while artist in residence there, February 2016. Steensen developed a costume made out of mylar and filmed himself while traversing the landscape. He then created a virtual forest based on his excursions, recreating key areas he filmed himself interacting within. Within the work are also references to the World's Fair in NYC and the uni sphere model of Earth, covered in snow. With the work, Steensen seeks to combine his own performative gestures with imaginations of future landscapes, and past Utopian energy infrastructures.

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    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Virtual Reality, Web / New Media
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  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    DSLR, computer animation
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  • NY Media Center
    New York
    United States
    February 1, 2017
    February 1, 2017
    Lumen price shortlist
  • BRIC, Brooklyn Art and Media Center
    United States
    November 1, 2016
    North American Premiere
Director Biography - jakob Kudsk Steensen

Jakob Kudsk Steensen is a Danish artist based in New York, working with video and digital technologies. Through his practice, Steensen is concerned with how imagination, technology and ecology intertwine, and he combines performance with virtual reality, satellite technologies, video and interactive installations as well as cartographic research. His work has most recently been exhibited at Carnegie Museum of Art, The Moving Image Fair, NYC, MAXXI, Museum of Modern Art in Rome, Museum of Modern Art Valencia, Podium in Oslo, Norway, and at Sleep Center in China Town, NYC. His work has been featured on Artnet, The Art Newspaper, Hyperallergic, Spike Art Quaterly, ARTREPORT, Politiken, Information, Worm, NEO2 and TSOEG. He has received awards from the Danish Arts Foundation, The Augustinus Foundation, and in 2016 he was a finalist for Climart. He has been artist in residence at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, AADK, Centra Negra, MASS MoCA and BRIC (Brooklyn Media Arts Center).

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