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RE-ANIMATED

RE-ANIMATED is based on the last Kaua’i ʻōʻō bird that died in 1987, marking the extinction of its species. RE-ANIMATEDis a reanimation of the bird and its song, inhabiting a distorted digital reconstruction of the Kaua’i ʻōʻō’s original habitat. While we cannot bring back what’s been lost, we can use memory to create new life and new visions for the future.

Jakob Kudsk Steensen is an artist working with environmental storytelling through 3d animation, sound and immersive installations. He creates poetic interpretations about overlooked natural phenomena through collaborations with field biologists, composers and writers. Projects are based on extensive fieldwork of several months duration. Key collaborators include Composer and Musical Director for the Philip Glass Ensemble Michael Riesman, Ornithologist and author Dr. Douglas H. Pratt, Architect Sir David Adjaye OBE RA, BTS, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the Natural History Museum London, among others.

Artist:
Jakob Kudsk Steensen

Composer and Music Director:
Michael Riesman

Co-producer:
Toke Lykkeberg Nielsen and Tranen Contemporary Art Center

Music technical director and audio programmer:
Jerry Smith

Character optimization:
Jeremy Thompson, 2Nstudio

Programming assistance and audio interactivity:
Todd Bryant, 2Nstudio

Narration:
Michael Silberblatt

Interview and research consultant:
Douglas H. Pratt

Bird song visualization:
Andy Thomas

Research assistant:
Jazia Hammoudi

Special thanks to:
The American Museum of Natural History, NYC for grating access to the Ornithology Archive, and Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Macaulay Library

Year:
2018 – 2019

Duration:
15 minutes

Country:
Denmark

Type:
VR experience

Website:
jakobsteensen.com

RE-ANIMATED 2018-19, VR Still image. Credit: Courtesy of the Artist.
RE-ANIMATED 2018-19, VR Still image. Credit: Courtesy of the Artist.
RE-ANIMATED 2018-19, VR Still image, Visualization of the extinct Kauaʻi ʻōʻōbird’s call. Credit: Courtesy of the Artist.
RE-ANIMATED 2018-19, VR Still image, Visualization of the extinct Kauaʻi ʻōʻōbird’s call. Credit: Courtesy of the Artist.
RE-ANIMATED 2018-19, VR Still image. Credit: Courtesy of the Artist.
RE-ANIMATED 2018-19, VR Still image. Credit: Courtesy of the Artist.