In 2013, Stine Marie Jacobsen presented Direct Approach at Momentum. The work deals with constructed images of violence and how to relate to it. The project is participatory and proposes an embrace of certain violent roles appearing in movies and reformulates them through the production of personal versions of these acts which are also filmed. What happens when you are the victim? What happens when you are the perpetrator? Since 2013, Direct Approach has been continuously evolving and for Momentum10, a screening program is presented with films, posters and podcasts which are part of this continuous dialogue about image culture and power relations. The project is also accompanied by the Direct Approach guidebook which functions as a catalogue and working guide on the topic of violence.


De Stilte Rond Christine M – Berlin, Germany (2012); 3 min 56 sec
American History X – Berlin, Germany (2015); 3 min 17 sec
American History X – Berlin, Germany (2014); 1 min 05 sec
Boys Don’t Cry (podcast) – New York, USA (2018); 7 min 13 sec
Deer Hunter – Beirut, Lebanon (2017); 10 min
The Cabin in The Woods – Tunis, Tunisia (2018); 1 min 25 sec
Pulp Fiction (podcast) – New York, USA (2018); 4 min 38 sec
American Sniper – Mariupol, Ukraine (2019); 9 min 11 sec
Cache – Berlin, Germany (2013); 3 min 05 sec

Total playtime: 44 min

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Stine Marie Jacobsen is a conceptual artist working to decode violence and law both individually and collectively through participatory means. She lives and works in Copenhagen and Berlin, graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts with an MFA in 2009 and a BFA from CalArts, the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, USA in 2007.

Some of her notable solo shows have been at Kunsthal Nikolaj, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2018, Galerie Wedding, 2016, Berlin, Germany, Overgaden institute of contemporary art, 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark, Galway Arts Center, 2014, Galway, Ireland, District Kunst- und Kulturförderung, 2014, Berlin, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, 2012, Berlin, Germany.

Selected group shows consist of Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More, Riga Biennial, Latvia 2018, A World Not Ours, La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, 2017, France, Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast, Momentum Biennale 2013, Moss, Norway, Either Or in Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany and Nikolaj Kunsthal, 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark, Idyll Turku Biennale, 2013, Turku, Finland, The 10th OPEN International Performance Festival, 2009, Beijing, China.

In order to give participants a collaborative and dialogical space, Jacobsen creates open structured sociocultural and participatory projects with clearly defined themes. With a focus in themes such as film, language, gender, violence, death, taboos, anonymity, psychology, the artist conducts performative experiments and creates platforms for critical thinking and new ways of looking at ethics, identity, control, fear and trust.

Over the years Jacobsen has conceptualised and worked on a number of long term participatory and educational projects such as Direct Approach, where people retell from memory the most violent film scene they have watched and choose to play either victim, perpetrator or bystander in a reenactment or projects like Mann beißt Hund (a remake of the Belgian film ‘C’est arrivé près de chez vous’), without actors on screen. Alongside the use of film as a law system, in Law Shifters the artist organises, in collaboration with lawyers, law writing workshops for refugees, immigrants and citizens, and invites them to write their own law proposals.

In 2015, Stine was awarded an innovative educational grant from Node curatorial studies in Berlin and in 2016, a peace Fellowship by the Rotary Foundation and she won the Berlin Art Prize. In 2018, she was awarded a stipend to ISCP, International Studio & Curatorial Programme by the Danish Arts Foundation.

Artist web page

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All photos: Vegard KIeven © Punkt Ø