Frac Centre

Atelier Calder

Open Space






Kristoffer Akselbo



Kenneth A. Balfelt

Nina Beier

Emilie Bergrem

Kaspar Bonnén

Cirque d`Enba de Lyon

Cocktail Designers

Søren Engsted

Fanfare les Talku` Freaks

Thilo Frank

Max Frey

Jeppe Hein

Institut d`Arts Visuels d`Orléans

BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

Henrik Plenge Jakobsen

Finn Janning

Jacob Dahl Jürgensen

Annette Kelm

John Kørner

Jason Kraus

Claus Larsen

Let me show you the world

Mads Lindberg

Florian Neufeldt

Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen

Michael Sailstorfer

Tomas Saraceno

Tove Storch

Kristian Sverdrup

Koki Tanaka

Henrik Vibskov

Ulrik Weck

Jordan Wolfson


Prestidigitation 2009
16 mm film
3 min. 12 sec
This 16 mm film shows various sequences of a sleight-of-hand trick in which a man magically makes a coin disappear and reappear. In his suit, tie and dress handkerchief, the magician looks respectable and serious and yet also mysterious, owing to his trick with a glittering coin that could scarcely be followed with the naked eye. This effect is reinforced by cinematic means, showing the magician against a planar background, sometimes in colour, sometimes in black and white, positive or negative; the figure dissolves into a number of tiny pixels until only a white plane is left behind, and the game starts again from the beginning. Illusion and reality are difficult to separate, and not only in a magic trick: here too they blur, pointing to the manipulation of the viewer that is often part of magic.

Smoke and Mirrors 2009
10 framed Polaroids
each: 14,5 x 16,5 cm
Magic and illusion are recurring motifs in Jacob Dahl Jürgensen’s work, as they are in these ten Polaroids. A woman disappears in a mysterious cloud of smoke, only to appear elsewhere. The mirrors reflect her image, causing it to appear in several places at once or as a woman with multiple personalities.
There are evident borrowings from Surrealist photography and the ‘ghost photos’ that were popular in the early twentieth century, which were based on the ancient idea of the soul of the world and the attempt to establish a connection between it and the physically perceivable world. At the same time, the images have strong occult and spiritual references, reinforced by dramatizing the scenery and the black and white aesthetic. Mirrors and smoke are, moreover, among magician’s favourite instruments for causing people to disappear in whole or part or to drill or saw through them before bringing them back onstage unharmed.


*1975 in Copenhagen
2004–2005 MA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London
Lives and works in London

Selected solo exhibitions

Wilkinson Gallery, London
Nicolas Krupp, Basel
Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich

Croy Nielsen, Berlin
Wilkinson Gallery, London

Schnittraum, Cologne

Selected group exhibitions

Euphoria Left the Room, Scion Space, Los Angeles
Summer show, Wilkinson, London

Idealismusstudio, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz
All the best, David Roberts Foundation, London
Visit, Larm, Copenhagen
Pastiche, Sølyst Center, Jyderup
Sculpture Garden ’08, London
The Unfair Fair, Lote Arte, Rome

The object is the mirror, Layr Wuestenhagen Contemporary, Vienna
Anna Hellwing Gallery, Los Angeles
Curacion Geometrica, The Reliance, London

Deep into that Darkness Peering, Galerie Kamm, Berlin
Modern Lovers, Three Colts Gallery, London Foxy Production, New York

Urban-nonurban, Lasalle-SIA School of Art, Singapore
Lore, Glasgow Project Room, Glasgow






Smoke and Mirrors


Smoke and Mirrors