Halle am Berghain to host an immersive installation about the origins of Berlin

Halle am Berghain will host a new exhibition this summer focusing on the origins of the area we now call Berlin. Using animation, Mixed Reality (MR), and Virtual Reality (VR), Danish artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen will re-imagine ecosystems from 10.000 years ago: the lost marshlands forged by ancient glaciers. The exhibition was commissioned by the Berlin art foundation Light Art Space (LAS) and will take place between 10 July 2021 — 26 September 2021.

Catharsis immersive installation by Jakob Kudsk Steensen / Exhibited at the Serpentine Galleries in January 2020 for Connect BTS 2020

Steensen’s immersive installation promises an audio-visual exploration that will allow visitors to imagine long-gone natural worlds. The artist is currently studying the swamps and wetland of the Spreewald, the forest area outside Berlin. He is also collaborating with the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, which will provide access to its vast archives of extinct species, including sounds from insects and amphibians from Berlin and its environs.

Catharsis immersive installation by Jakob Kudsk Steensen / Exhibited at the Serpentine Galleries in January 2020 for Connect BTS 2020

LAS foundation states: “Jakob Kudsk Steensen’s new commissioned work and his first exhibition in Berlin transforms the Halle am Berghain into a portal leading to a world of past wetlands and extinct species reanimated. […] Halle am Berghain will be transformed into a portal in which relics of the Ice Age connect to present-day wetlands – lost worlds revived in the present day”.

Photo: LAS / Jakob Kudsk Steensen