About Jakob la Cour


INTERACTION. ART. PERFORMANCE.
I’m always exploring ideas, places and new tech for my creations. I intent to discover rare emotions and expansive states of consciousness. The exploration is playful, follows the bliss and activate physical movement.

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* Interaction Artist creating immersive experiences see highlights in CV.
* Videographer producing videos including 360 and Danish vlogs.
* Consultant sharing my research and expertise via seminars, talks and consulting services at places like Malmö University, The Danish National School of Performing Arts, Nordic Game Conference and Zürich University of the Arts (contact for booking or check my 50+ book list to see what I’m influenced by).
* Traveler exploring the world. I’ve been in 30+ countries.


About Jakob la Cour
I am deeply fascinated by the power of play. A power so ingrained within us all. Yet a part of us that can easily be suppressed. I want to nurture the playful being and give that part of our culture the best growth conditions.

So I seek out new play experiences and the places and people that ignite playfulness. I reflect with questions like: “How is the experience flow?” or “What are the systemic elements that induce play?”.



I believe we are born to be curious and release playful energy into the universe by moving our bodies, exploring boundaries and exchanging with other people. But as we grow older we tend to get socialized into fixed consensus realities where we forget to be playful with our surrounding reality. I want to change that.

I’m on a lifelong quest to design playful experiences because I believe play is equally important as food and sleep. It fuels vitality, presence, courage and happiness which is the foundation for the magical moments of life. That is why I’ve specialized in game design, performing arts, visual arts and interactive technology. I use the expertise to create human centred physical experiences that ignite the state of play within new “worlds”.

I create quick physical group games that energize but also big long durational and immersive experiences that change how the world is perceived.


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I’m based in Copenhagen and have a Master’s Degree in Game and Interaction Design from The Royal Danish School of Design from 2011 and have been running my own business since 2005. I have produced and designed 30+ cultural events in collaboration with small and large partners and received art funding among other from the Danish Film Institute.

Before I began my education at The Royal Danish School of Design I was a performing arts teacher, director and professional actor for a couple of years. I have mainly worked with theater but I’ve done musicals, movies and performance art too.

I also got a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communication from The Danish Design School and have a lot of work experience with graphic design, photography, print and web development.

I’ve designed and directed several projects such as Avatar Controller Maze (2014) where you control a human using an app. Masque Society (2011) which is about ritual play and games in the city. The Passion Game – Come, he gets executed! (2010) dealing with the execution of Jesus on Black Friday. Epiphany of Mr. Nielson (2010) about magic in Nigeria. Mr. Cube – The Cybernetic Loop (2012) concerning artificial intelligence and cybernetics.

The last couple of years I’ve been designing and educating nationally and internationally in both governmental, private and cultural contexts. If you need my expertise then send me some info.

About my work:

The participants gave top reviews – we are very satisfied” – Kerstin Andersen, The Danish National School of Performing Arts

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I’ve always loved braces – my first pair was red.

If you say the word ‘CrossFit’, I’m doing a squat without hesitation. I keep up to date with play and experience design. The Enneagram of Personality activates my geek mode. Ritual masks is one of my deep passions. The smell of magnesium carbonate reminds me of climbing. Anywhere it’s possible I throw myself into the ocean – preferably with a harpoon in my hand. The same applies to primitive camping and hiking.

I absolutely love movies that question reality and explore what is real – check my top 12 movie list and you will understand me a lot better.

I have travelled and hitch-hiked in Africa, Middle East, North America, Europe and Asia. One of my big dreams is to learn throat singing in Tuva near Mongolia. Learn more about my travels here.


Press
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Giving back
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References
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