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Retracing Berlin’s Wetlands – Follow Artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen and Scientist Kim Mortega into the (virtual) Swamps of Berlin

Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Dr Kim Mortega, Emma Enderby, Bettina Kames

Artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen, scientist Dr Kim Mortega (MfN) and curator Emma Enderby in conversation on LAS' latest commission Berl-Berl at Halle am Berghain.

On the occasion of Berlin Science Week, LAS (Light Art Space) hosts a conversation between artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Dr Kim Mortega from the Natural History Museum, moderated by guest curator Emma Enderby and introduced by Dr Bettina Kames, Director of LAS. They will discuss the LAS commission Berl-Berl which was on view at Halle am Berghain from July to September 2021. The talk will take place at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and will be live streamed on YouTube.

Jakob Kudsk Steensen and ornithologist Dr Kim Mortega discuss the collaboration between LAS and the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin on the artist’s most recent project: Berl-Berl. The conversation is moderated by Emma Enderby, who curated the exhibition. Follow the speakers as they take you on a journey to the origins of Berlin, discuss what it takes to bring art and science together and how Sorbian mythologies can guide us through the wetlands of today. The audience will get a look behind the scenes of a collaboration that brings together art and science as well as get an insight into the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin’s vast collection through an artistic lense. The talk touches on Berlin’s past as a swamp, highlights the importance of its remaining wetlands for the unique biodiversity of the city and tells the many stories connected to this intricate ecosystem.


This event can be attended digitally or in person. This event is free of charge and will be held in English.

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Jakob Kudsk Steensen

Halle am Berghain Berlin

Jakob Kudsk Steensen (b. 1987, Denmark) lives and works in Berlin. His artistic practice deals with environmental storytelling through 3D animations, sound works and immersive installations. Kudsk Steensen has recently exhibited at venues including: Serpentine Galleries, London (2020/2019); Venice Biennale (2019); PinchukArtCentre, Kiev (2019); MATADERO Madrid (2019); Pylon-Hub, Dresden (2019); Tranen Space for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen (2018); South by Southwest, Austin (2019); 5th Trondheim Biennale for Art and Technology (2018); Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2017); Ok Corral, Copenhagen (2017); BRIC Brooklyn (2016); MAXXI Rome (2016); FRIEZE London (2019). The artist was the inaugural recipient of the Serpentine Galleries’ Augmented Architecture Commission, which was established with Google Arts & Culture and architect Sir David Adjaye, OBE in 2019. Kudsk Steensen was shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize 2019. As part of the awards programme, he was invited to create and exhibit new installations of RE-ANIMATED (2017–18) in Kiev and Venice. He has received awards from the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival (2019), Telly Awards (2018), Games for Change Awards (2018), Danish Arts Foundation (2017), Lumen Prize (2017), Lumière Foundation (2017), Augustinus Foundation (2012) and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​



Photo credit: Jakob Kudsk Steensen © Bastian Thiery

Dr Kim Mortega

Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

Dr Kim Mortega is a scientist at the Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Research Berlin. Her recent citizen science projects include The nightingale project (2018–19) and WissensFluss: Die Berliner Panke  (2021) with a focus on urban nature in Berlin. WissensFluss connects Jakob Kudsk Steensen’s artwork Berl-Berl with the current state of Berlin wetlands and integrates public engagement and knowledge transfer for a broader audience. Her research and teaching interests are conservation, biodiversity, and urban ecology with a special interest in birds. She regularly teaches field courses in tropical ecology and conservation for the Tropical Biology Association in Africa. Mortega received her doctorate in genetics and evolution of songbirds at the University of Konstanz and the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology.


Photo credit: Dr Kim Mortega © Pablo Castagnola

Emma Enderby


Emma Enderby is the guest curator for Jakob Kudsk Steensen’s exhibition project at Light Art Space (LAS). Enderby is a curator, writer and lecturer of modern and contemporary art. She is currently the Chief Curator at The Shed, New York, where she curated the retrospective exhibition Agnes Denes: Absolutes and Intermediates, and shows with Trisha Donnelly, Tony Cokes, Oscar Murillo and the institution’s emerging art programme, Open Call. As a curator at Public Art Fund, Enderby curated Tauba Auerbach: Flow SeparationKatja Novitskova: EARTH POTENTIALSpencer Finch: Lost Man Creek, and David Shrigley: MEMORIAL, along with group exhibitions Commercial Break and The Language of Things. Previously, as exhibitions curator at the Serpentine Galleries, London, she organised exhibitions including Hilma af Klint: Painting the UnseenRachel Rose: PalisadesTrisha DonnellyLeon Golub: Bite Your TongueHaim Steinbach: once again the world is flat and assisted on Adrián Villa Rojas: Today We Reboot the Planet. She was also co-project curator for the Serpentine Pavilion commissions of SelgasCano and Smiljan Radić. Previously, she worked at the Royal Academy of Arts, London and Whitechapel Gallery, London.


Photo credit: Emma Enderby © Jeremy Liebman

Dr Bettina Kames is the director and co-founder of the Berlin-based art foundation LAS that brings together art, technology and science. She is an art historian who studied in Munich, Paris, New York and Berlin, where she did her PhD on “Radical Painting / End of Painting” at Freie Universität Berlin. Between 2007 and 2013 Kames worked in New York and curated several exhibitions including Mel Bochner, Charlotte Posenenske, Medardo Rosso, Richard Serra, Alberto Giacometti and Ragnar Kjartansson. After returning to Munich, she conceived various private collections and developed strategies as well as educational programmes for museums.


Photo credit: Dr Bettina Kames © Robert Fischer

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