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TOPOS is a not-for-profit arts organisation, founded in 2019 by the three artists and composers, Jacob Kirkegaard, Tobias R. Kirstein and Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard,
to pursue their shared commitment to cross cultural and cross media activities that move beyond the strictures and boundaries of separate fields and disciplines. Its projects and program use various modes of presenting, publishing and releasing contemporary and archival material, generated or discovered by Topos.
Topos is collaborating with Julie Martin, Director of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) to research and publish selected material from Martin’s and the organisation's extensive archive of sound recordings that include performances, interviews and other sound material produced over the past 50 years.

The sound art of Jacob Kirkegaard (b. 1975) explores ways to reflect on immediate complex, unnoticed or unapproachable aspects of the human condition or civilisation.

His works have treated themes such as radioactivity in Chernobyl, melting ice in the Arctic, border walls in Palestine, and tones - otoacoustic emissions - generated from the actual human ear. With his peculiar alchemist approach and extensive research, complex phenomena and current conditions are portrayed through composition, installation, video and photography. Rather than providing answers, his portrayals create spaces for reflexion. 

Kirkegaard has presented his works at galleries, museums and venues throughout the world, including MoMA in New York, LOUISIANA - Museum of Modern Art and ARoS in Denmark, The Menil Collection and at the Rothko Chapel in Houston, The Sydney Biennale in Australia, Aichi Triennale in Nagoya, the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan. Jacob is represented through Fridman Gallery (New York) and Galleri Tom Christoffersen (Copenhagen). His work is represented in the permanent collection of LOUISIANA. His sound works are released on labels such as Important Records (USA) and Touch (UK). Initiated by CM von Hausswolff, Kirkegaard is a founding member of the sound collective freq_out. In 2016 he was the sound-artist-in-residence at University of Oxford, U.K.

Jacob Kirkegaard's most recent two projects focus on the sound of global waste management and on environments related to the immediate human post mortem. 













Tobias R. Kirstein (b. 1972) is an artist, composer, curator and writer.

Since the end of the 1990s, Kirstein has worked as a composer using the radio, the audio recorder and tone generator as main instruments; as a conceptual artist working with performance art, sound installations and writing and also worked as a curator fx. at Mayhem (www.mayhem.kbh)- a pivotal venue for extreme sound that he also co-founded - and the interdisciplinary Click-festival.
Kirsteins works are often monomaniacally concerned with sound and power in both a conceptual and very concrete manner in either physically challenging performances or very discrete installations in the public space. For several years, he has been investigating the power of the act of listening - listening as an aggressive, but invisible, territorial tool. He often works seeks collaborations with people from other parts of the artistic spectrum: visual artist, poets, sculptors, computer programmers and musicians.

Kirstein has toured, done performances and sound exhibitions in the UK, USA, Japan, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Egypt and Germany. At places such as Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Ordrupgaard Museum, Kunsthal 44Møen, Disjecta Gallery (USA) etc.

He recently released 4 books on sound, philosophy and force in collaboration with poets, painters and researchers. He is currently working on a book on revolutions.


Interdisciplinary artist Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard
(b. 1979) considers his work to be a basic research in realities.

Working within the domains of imaginary & physical sound as well as other non-sonic media, NLL seeks to stimulate new ways of approaching reality. This can be heard in his work with sonic potentiality and music for the inner ear - an imaginary kind of music only audible for the inner ear of the listener, or in the SOUND X SOUND series where he works with multiplication of sound as a method of investigating music instruments - not only as sources of sound but also as cultural markers and the hierarchies in which they are embedded.
Løkkegaard is interested in how stories about sound can be accepted as being sound detached from any physical manifestation, and how sound installations without sound can evoke imaginary soundscapes.
The interest in how the narrative meta-sphere can be a space for artistic action has also lead NLL into creating Curatorium, a curatorial non- event that celebrates sound on an annual basis. Curatorium is a story about a sound-art festival that never takes place - a festival in between realities. NLL raises the question: When does something actually exist?

Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard was educated from the RMC in Copenhagen and the School of Architecture at The Royal Danish Academy of Art. His work has been presented at a variety of different venues and museums around the world and he has given lectures at CalArts, Goldsmiths University of London a.o.p. NLL has been awarded with several prizes a.o. from the Danish Art Foundation and the Sonning Foundation.


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