Danish artist transforms infamous Berlin techno club into swampland


Jakob Kudsk Steensen's new commissioned work, his first exhibition in Berlin, transforms the Berghain club into a swamp, exploring its ecology and mythology. Photo: Handout

Danish artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen has turned the hall of infamous Berlin nightclub Berghain into a virtual swampland as part of a new installation that refers to the German capital's origins.

Spread across the huge hall of the former district heating plant, Berl Berl features nine projection screens that mimic the wetlands surrounding Berlin, whose name is derived from the word "berl," or "swamp," in the language of the region's West Slavic inhabitants.

For the installation, Kudsk Steensen made extensive recordings of the wetlands over several months and then with the help of a digital platform assembled his images into an immersive landscape that although virtual, appears real when viewed and walked through.

The work is endless because the software makes the data flow together in ever new landscapes both under and above water. Pixelated surfaces occasionally appear, a reminder of the artificial process in this seemingly natural surrounding, before taking on new forms again.

The installation runs through Sept 26. A glimpse of the exhibit is also available here.

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