Jacob Kirkegaard - The Turbines Ensemble

An immersive composition that will transport you to the heart of Europe's oldest hydropower plant. Using sensor recordings of the plant's essential mechanical structure and live underwater recordings from the powerful Bega river, Kirkegaard has crafted a hypnotic soundscape that captures the interplay between man-made technology and the natural world.

This performance is part of Croazieră cu Pelicanul la Ecluză.


The work of Jacob Kirkegaard explores ways to reflect on complex, unnoticed or unapproachable conditions and environments.

In 1981, at the age of six, Kirkegaard made his first sound recordings and in 1994 he was introduced to the world of sound art.

His works have treated themes such as radioactivity in Chernobyl and Fukushima, border walls in global and metaphorical contexts and melting ice in the Arctic. Two of his recent works are immersive acoustic explorations into global waste management and of processes related to when a human being dies. Since 2006 Kirkegaard has also been extensively researching, recording and creating works using otoacoustic emissions; tones generated from the actual human ear. The core element and method of Jacob Kirkegaard's work derive from the use of sound recordings of the tangible aspects from its intangible themes.

A project developed by SIMULTAN.org, and is part of the National Cultural Program "Timișoara - European Capital of Culture in 2023" funded by Timișoara's Municipality through the Projects Center and the Center for Culture and Art of Timiș County fom public funds allocated by the Ministry of Culture.

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Sonic Narratives

Sonic Narratives