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“Surface Encounters” 2017

solo exhibition at : Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art Copenhagen What influence has digitality had on human perception – and not least our view of reality? These are questions central to the art of Jesper Carlsen. In recent years he has worked intensively with computer-generated representations of objects, surfaces and spaces as part of his […]

“Cause and Effect” 2017

“Cause and Effect” 2017 HD. Computer Animation 2 min. form the exhibition:  

“Procedural” 2017

solo exhibition at Martin Asbæk Gallery With his constructivistic approach Carlsen displays a thoughtful exhibition that through digital prints challenges and investigates the human perception and the way in which we form visual impressions. The exhibition invites the viewer on a digital journey into the images and animations. All the works are computer generated, and […]

“All Angels” 2017

Site specific animation for Captive Raum OPortal 2017, Århus, DK computeranimation 1 min. 4 sec. Was distributed via local wifi network position 1 position 2 position 3

“Shader Stack” 2016

“Shader Stack” 2016 HD. Computer Animation 2 min. 40sec. form the exhibition:    

“Balls on Stairs” 2016

“Balls on Stairs” 2016 HD. Computer Animation 3 min. 32sec.  

“Surface” 2016

“Surface” 2016 HD. computer animation 2 min. 40sec. form the exhibition:

“Brick & Mortar” 2016

3 50” screens, 2 32” screens, 5 construction, (3D print, 16mm pvc pipe) A site specific installation for the “Tranen” From press release: Tranen is proud to present Danish artist Jesper Carlsen’s  solo exhibition Brick & Mortar; the final exhibition in the season programme Creation – Mists of Dawn. “I lick the silicone joints discretely, hoping […]

“Walk Cycle” 2016

Computer animation HD 200 frames walk cycle. One Tyrannosaurus Rex walk cycle.  An animation inspired by the intermediate step in CGI production. A presentation of a 3D model before it gets a realistic skin. “Walk Cycle” 2016 from Jesper on Vimeo.

“Box” 2016

3D Computer Animation, HD, 2min. A hand is touching and are simultaneously transformed by an invisible box. “Box” 2016 excerpt from Jesper on Vimeo.

“Skin” 2015

3D animation. HD, 2 min. 52 sec. A Bruce Nauman inspired Animation dealing with the process and the challenges of creating realistic skin in 3D computer animation. The computer generated voice reads text from various technical forums with advise on how to do realistic skin shading in 3D computer animation. The Head Mesh/model is animated from a often […]

“Material” 2015

3d Animation, UHD, 8min. 12sec. loop

“Chimpanzee” 2014

2,42 min. loop. Computer animation  

“Bounce animation” 2014

16 frames, loop. Hand drawn animation

“Animation Syntax” 2014

31 October – 29 November 2014 In the show Animation Syntax Jesper Carlsen works – through animation – with our understanding of objects. Human perception of the spatial is on the agenda in Carlsen’s works. We experience our own reality chronologically, and Carlsen works through animation to clarify time as a crucial factor in our […]

“Modern Times” 2014

Computer animation HD, 20 min, loop. commissioned by DIAS 2014 Installed on Vallensbaek S-train station for the exhibition Presenting DIAS, 2014. The animation is a digital recreation of a classic movie scene from the Chaplin movie Modern Times from 1936. A film that humorously and critically relates to the modern industrialization. In the original it is […]

“Queen Of Mars” 2013

“Queen Of Mars” 2013 3 x A0 print + 1x projection. Image of Mars + film Aelita, Queen Of Mars, 1924 The three prints are a composite image of Mars taken by “The Curiosity Mars Rover” The projection on top of the picture is a Russian science fiction film from 1924 called Aelita, Queen of Mars […]

“Mirror Box” 2013

5 min. HD video. The video consists of a hand while performing various exercises and a mirror. The video is inspired by a treatment called mirror box treatment. This is a treatment for phantom limp pain where a reflection of the functioning hand can eliminate the pain in the hand that is no longer there. The […]

”Line meshing” 2012

Animation, tutorial like screencast 8 min 31 sec. Sound: Alexander Rodchenko, text “The Line” 1921, read by computer. The Animation is in the form of a construction of various of Alexander Rodchenko’s drawings and Karl Ioganson sculptures. Generally through an adaptation from flat compositions to spatial ones      

“Rubix Compositions” 2012

Hand drawn animation 2 min. 55 sec. contiusly loop Also present in the image: “Spatial Constructions” 2. series 2012      

“Spatial Ambiguity” 2012

Spatial Ambiguity 2012 Martin Asbæk Gallery 13 January – 11 February 2012 press(ENG)/ Greatly inspired by the experimental work of the Russian Constructivists with elementary forms and abstract idioms, Jesper Carlsen is showing new works that turn the focus on construction rather than composition. The exploration of surface, line and colour, and especially of spatial […]

“Compositions” 2011

Computer animation 24min. 69,7 x 61,7 cm. projection after El Lissitzky’s painting, Composition, 1922 A 3D computer model built from an El Lissitzky painting. The Camera rotate slowly around the elements from the painting. viewing it from all angles thereby creating different compositions during the 24 min.(36.000 frames) long loop    


30 sec. loop Black & white computer animation. A Custom made computer animation, for the Factory of Art and Design, Copenhagen ,DK.(BYOB – BRING YOUR OWN BEAMER – COPENHAGEN). see preliminary test video from the off blog.          

“Light and Matter (the Copenhagen Interpretation)”2011

6 March – 3 April 2011 Sierra Metro Edinburgh (UK) exhibition text: For his first UK solo show, Copenhagen artist Jesper Carlsen presents a selection of new and recent video and animations works. Interested in exploring the ways in which we see, these works interrogate notions of perception through explorations of light. Carlsen’s title refers to […]

“Untitled animation” 2011

stop motion animation. 3 min. 16 sec. Elements used as visual-stimuli in scientific studies, dealing with perception of spatiality. Here cut out in paper and reanimated as a stop motion animation.       Short video clip from animation  

“Grid Paper” 2010

manipulated video HD and SD-DVD pal computer 6 min. 31 sec. projection. A projected video of graph paper that is being moved and folded. At specific times in the video the squares on the paper aligned exactly with the grid pattern from the tiles on the wall on which the video is projected. This creates […]

“One pixel animation”2010

Computer animation 2min. One pixel changes color slowly. see video clip One_pixel_animation_wed_web  

“An Island” 2010

Computer animation Stereo 2 min. 40 sec. Loop   Made specific for the exhibition “Frederiksberg”. Frederiksberg is a part the city, Copenhagen with its own local government.  

YouTube test site

This channel is a form of outlet or a test site for small structure like film experiment. Projects(films and Animations) that I find interesting and inspirational but don’t consider as artworks in themselves. update: it evolved  in 2011 to become an independent error blog:  examples

“DVD video” 2009

DVD pal stereo 115min. A laser beam reading a DVD video disc. A process that is normally hidden is now the main motif of the video. A direct reference to what is actually happening in the DVD player during reading of DVDs.

”Copenhagen Flicker” 2009

Video HD and SD-DVD pal 5min. 5sec. Inspired by the event that led Brion Gysin to build the Dream Machine in 1960.The video is of light flickering rapidly through trees, recordings from different transport means in and around Copenhagen.The video continues in a endless loop with 1 sec. clips and with the blinding from the […]

“Flare” 2009

Computeranimation HD and SD-DVD pal 3min. 34sec. Loop Computer animated lens flare. Lens flare occurs when a camera is pointing directly at the sun. It is often an unwanted effect. In computer animation lens flare, or rather a fake lens flare, is often used to create the illusion of the animation being recorded with a […]

“Extended Graphics Array” 2009

Computer generated animation Resolution: XGA   24p No sound Duration: 9 h. 6 min. Sets one pixel per frame and runs at 24 per second. Starts with a completely black screen, ends op with a completely white after abut 9 hours. XGA, the Extended Graphics Array, is an IBM display standard introduced in 1990. Today, it […]

”Flicker (Black and White Rotating at Accelerating Speed)” 2008

HD and SD-DVD pal computer animation 4min.10sec. loop No sound 16:9 The animation consists of a black and white square that starts to rotate slowly with an exponential rising velocity.The animation stops when the rotation per frame becomes180 degrees. At that point the black space simply changes place with the white from one frame to […]

“Bouncing a ball between the floor and the gallery wall with changing rhythm” 2008

DVD or High Definition, manipulated video and computer animation Duration: 1 min. 32 sec. Loop The piece “Bouncing a ball between the floor and the gallery wall with changing rhythm” (2008) can be seen as an attempt to eliminate any representation of space in a documentation of a performance, thereby moving the narrative in to […]

”On the Perimeter of a Square” 2007

3D computer animation transferred to 16mm. 8sec. loop 16mm film A rebuilding of Bruce Nauman’s studio as it looked in a series of 16mm films from 1967-68 such as “Dance or Exercise on the Perimeter of a Square (Square Dance)”. The Animation shows a slight camera movement, which can be observed in the original films […]

“D. Light” 2007

Video/animation, 2min 20 sec. Loop. DVD pal. An animation is projected on the fixture of a fluorescent lamp (without the fluorescent tube). The projection starts off simulating the fluorescent light that has been removed, then slowly changing into a fresco-like illusion revealing the sky above. After a few minutes a sunbeam suddenly penetrates the clouds […]

“Simulating Gravity” 2007

DVD, manipulated video Duration: 4 min. loop. Reanimated scene from the film “Space Odyssey 2001”  

“Light Array” 2006

Manipulated video, 3 min. 35 sec. Loop. DVD pal.  

“Smutugle” 2006

DVD, manipulated video and computer animation Duration: 1min. 17 sec. loop. “Smutugle” is the Danish name for “Noctua pronuba” or the “Large Yellow Underwing” moth.The name “Smutugle” can be translated directly into something like “slip (slipping) owl” in English.The reason being that when you think you have caught it, it slips away. The video is […]

”Buzz” 2006

HD pal computer animation 4min. loop Stereo sound 16:9 A 3D computer constructed fluorescent light (looking real at first glance) is projected into a corner – an installation that emphasizes the reference to Dan Flavin. After a short while a fly is drawn to the light, landing and walking around a bit before flying off […]

”Gulls” 2006

Manipulated video Duration 37 sec. loop DVD Manipulated video footage of a gull. The gull is copied into the footage three times, that way resembling three gulls. After a while the gulls’ patterns of behaviour is repeated, making their movements almost resemble a dance.  

“Spider” 2006

Custom-made animation/projection, 3min. Loop. DVD. An animated spider, custom made to the room concerned. The spider crawls out from the space between a door and door-casing, dwells for a (short) while and then continues crawling until it disappears.      

“manual animations for ipod” 2006

170 picture shown in a ipod(with photo viewing) as a manual(interaktiv) animation. see preview video clip(0,8Mb): spider_ipod_doc  

“Squirrels” 2006

Manipulated video Duration: 58 sec. loop. DVD