Jakob Jakobsen is a politically engaged visual artist, educator and activist. He was part of the Copenhagen Free University from 2001 to 2007 (copenhagenfreeuniversity.dk), was co-founder of the trade union Young Artworkers (UKK) (ukk.dk) in 2002, and the artist run television station tv-tv in 2004. He was professor at the Funen Art Academy from 2006 to 2012.
Recent exhibitions include Billed Politik at Overgaden, Institute of Contemporary Art in Copenhagen (billedpolitik.dk) and This World We Must Leave at Kunsthalle Aarhus in 2010 (thisworldwemustleave.dk) and Trauma 1 - 11: Stories about the Copenhagen Free University and the surrounding society in the last ten years at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde in 2011 (https://vimeo.com/29529903).
Most recently he participated in And And And at dOCUMENTA13 (andandand.org) with the The Antiuniversity Research Project (antihistory.org) from 2012.
'The economic crisis and the professionalisation of the art system has set more focus on art worker conditions nationally and internationally. UKK has in 2012 made a questionnaire to cover the Danish situation among young art workers and has particularly focused on local issues such as art grants, the unemployment benefit system and free labour. Because young artists increasingly are working internationally and in order to perspectivize the Danish context, a seminar with a more international perspective will take place on the basis of the questionnaire. For this seminar groups of artists, activists and academics are invited from different geopolitical contexts. They are critical of their local situation, but also come with suggestions of alternative solutions, which the seminar attempt to discuss across contexts and conditions. The results of the questionnaire willl also be published at the seminar, in a printed publication with contributions by author Lene Asp and the sociologist Jaron Rowan. - See more at: http://artsandlabor.org/ukk/#sthash.Wo2wEq1U.dpuf'