Jacob Kirkegaard’s work explores ways to reflect on complex, unnoticed, or unapproachable conditions and environments. 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 his work lies in the use of sound recordings of the tangible aspects of its intangible themes.
Kirkegaard’s sound works have been released on Important Records (USA), Touch (UK), and Posh Isolation (DK). He is a founding member of the sound art collective freq_out as well as the not-for-profit arts organization TOPOS. In 2016 Kirkegaard was the sound artist in residency at St. John's College, University of Oxford (UK.). In 2022, he was appointed a 6-month guest professorship at the School of Music, Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.
His works have been part of exhibitions at MoMA (New York, USA), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and ARoS Aarhus Art Museum (Denmark), The Menil Collection and at the Rothko Chapel (Houston, USA), The Sydney Biennale (Australia), Aichi Triennale (Nagoya), the Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, Japan), among others. In 2022 Kirkegaard received the Eckersberg Medal from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in recognition of outstanding achievements in the arts.