COSMIC RIDDLES

The exhibition COSMIC RIDDLES by the Danish artist Jakob Jensen focuses on how human beings are constantly trying to solve the riddles of the universe in an artistic, scientific as well as philosophical way. Through photography he explores light as a sculptural phenomenon.
Exhibition duration:
18-11-2011 - 19-12-2011
Medium:
Photography, text, images, and sculpture
Title:
COSMIC RIDDLES
Artist:
JAKOB JENSEN
The relationship between the human being and the universe has always been strange and mysterious. Time, light, and space have undergone all sorts of studies, but it remains interesting to ask how our perception and experience of light affects our memories. Conversely, how our memory affects the experience of what we see.

The exhibition COSMIC RIDDLES by the Danish artist Jakob Jensen focuses on how human beings are constantly trying to solve the riddles of the universe in an artistic, scientific as well as philosophical way. Through photography he explores light as a sculptural phenomenon, and traces in a simple artistic way the travelling of light through so-called empty space. His work LYS, STOF, RØR (2011) specifically investigates the relationship between space and energy. This encounter is expressed sculpturally, by means of photographic film wrapped round fluorescent tubes, like light boxes with a photographic motif. In an otherwise empty space, these objects form small separate universes, each with an energy source at its centre.

In the exhibition, art and science strive to be united. The installation explores how we read and understand the universe visually through our senses and with the help of different instruments. A characteristic of looking into space - either with or without a telescope - is that we can see an infinite number of bright dots, but of course it is difficult for us to distinguish them from each other. We find ourselves asking: Is that a star, a planet or a galaxy? Because of the tremendous journey that light takes to get to us, the phenomenon is dislocated in time and space. Most likely, the star or celestial phenomenon we are watching probably does not exist anymore in the same form as we see it. It is a reprint of the light of the past, millions or billions of years old.
Through its combination of photography, text, sound, pictures and sculpture, COSMIC RIDDLES involves us in the artist's spatial and material exploration of the cosmos. Highly abstract notions of the universe connect with more mundane images, such as a farm, a bucket or a fluorescent light. Jensen also makes use of a variety of photographic methods and techniques. It is one of Jensen's firmest beliefs that ideas choose materials. For example, he uses his camera in such a way that a large part of the image is obscured by diffuse fog. Thus not only photography's credibility is at stake, but also our own confidence in the way that we see the world.

The particle physicist Francesco Sannino (head of CP3-Origins at the University of Southern Denmark) has authored a text for the exhibition, bringing out the way in which engagement with the universe is like dealing with a completely different world.

Jakob Jensen (b. 1970) studied at the Muthesisus Kunsthochschule in Kiel, Germany. Currently, he is based in Berlin, while spending much time on his farm on Zealand. Besides solo exhibitions, Jakob Jensen has participated in group shows at home and abroad.
More information is available at: www.jakobjensen.net.

OPENING Friday 18 November 16.00-18.00
The artist will be present.
ARTIST TALK Saturday 19 November at 14.00