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Jacob Kirkegaard (field recording) & Mariel Roberts (cello)

March 27
12:00pm EDT / 5:00pm CET

On the closing day of Jacob Kirkegaard’s solo exhibition TESTIMONIUM, Kirkegaard and cellist/composer Mariel Roberts will present an online performance of excerpts from their new collaborative electro-acoustic work responding to the border wall dividing the U.S. and Mexico. 

In February 2020, the artists took a week-long 600-mile journey along the border fence spanning Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. They attached extra-sensitive vibration sensors (accelerometers) directly onto the barrier, capturing the resonances of the various types of metallic structures. The resulting work is a conversation among the cello, the subtle inner vibrations of the wall, and the sounds of the open environment. 

Jacob Kirkegaard’s spatial installations, photography, and sound sculpture are created through field recordings that capture profound dimensions of the world around him. His works reveal unheard and unseen phenomena, and present listening (to both sound and imagery) as a means of experiencing the environment. Kirkegaard has recorded locations as different as empty rooms in Chernobyl, Arctic calving glaciers, vibrating border walls, and tones generated by the human inner ear itself. Kirkegaard began exploring sound recordings at the age of six. He graduated from the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne in 2006 and has exhibited at numerous institutions throughout the world, including The Museum of Modern Art, The Hood Museum, ARoS, KW, The Menil Collection, Rothko Chapel, Aichi Triennale, and Mori Art Museum. Kirkegaard's work is in the collections of LOUISIANA Museum of Modern Art and ARoS Aarhus Art Museum in Denmark, and Bell Gallery at Brown University.


American cellist and composer Mariel Roberts is widely recognized not just for her “virtuosic” performances, but as a “fearless explorer” (Chicago Reader) in her field. Her passion for collaboration and experimentation as an interpreter, improvisor, and composer have helped create a body of work which bridges avant-garde, contemporary, jazz, classical, and traditional music. Roberts has been hailed as “one of the most adventurous figures on New York’s new music scene—one with a thorough grounding in classical tradition but a ravenous appetite for and tireless discipline in new work.” (Bandcamp). Roberts has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician across four continents, most notably as a member and co-director of the Wet Ink Ensemble, as well as with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Mivos Quartet, Bang on a Can All Stars, and Ensemble Signal. Roberts' compositions have been performed at venues such as Merkin Hall and Miller Theater in New York City.

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