The venue is the former Awazu Daycare Center, which closed in March 2017. The artist hung several large metal discs in the playroom and set up a tennis ball machine. In this work, the flying balls bouncing off the discs and walls inadvertently create music. The artist developed the installation with the keywords “playfulness,”“toys,” and “childishness” in mind as an homage to the closed daycare center.
・マップコード(カーナビ入力) 329 836 810*07
Production year 2021
Exhibition Area Misaki｜Former Awazu nursery
MAPCODE (GPS input)｜329 836 810*07
(Carsten Nicolai, 1965年出生)在柏林生活和工作。
Carsten Nicolai (b. 1965) lives and works in Berlin.
Inspired by scientific reference systems, Nicolai explores mathematical patterns such as grids and codes, error and random structures, as well as the phenomenon of self-organization. In doing so, he continually breaks down the boundaries between various artistic genres. After his participation in documenta X (1997) and the 49th and 50th Venice Biennales (2001 and 2003), his works have been presented in national and international exhibitions in renowned museums and galleries. Comprehensive solo exhibitions have taken place at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt am Main (anti reflex, 2005), Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin (syn chron, 2005), CAC Vilnius, Lithuania (pioneer, 2011), Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz (unitape, 2015), Berlinische Galerie (tele, 2018) and now upcoming at K21 Düsseldorf (parallax symmetry, 2019). Carsten Nicolai’s works are included in important private and public collections. Nicolai has received numerous awards and grants, among them: Giga Hertz Prize (2012, with Ryoji Ikeda); Villa Massimo, Rome (2007); Zurich Art Prize (2007); Villa Aurora, Los Angeles (2003); Prix Ars Electronica (2000 and 2001, with Marko Peljhan); Grand Prize Japan Media Arts Festival (2014). His oeuvre echoes in his work as a musician: For his musical outputs he uses the pseudonym Alva Noto. Diverse musical projects include remarkable collaborations with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Ryoji Ikeda, and Blixa Bargeld among many others. Nicolai toured extensively through Europe, Asia, South America and the US. Among others, he performed at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the San Francisco Museum ofModern Art, Centre Pompidou in Paris and Tate Modern in London. Nicolai scored the music for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 'The Revenant’. The score was nominated for a Golden Globe, BAFTA, Grammy and Critics Choice Award. As well he has created the sound design for Iñárritu’s groundbreaking VR project “Carne y Arena”.
Photo by Uwe Walter
Photo by Julija Stankeviciene