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Artist:Carsten Nicolai(GERMANY)


Photo:Kichiro Okamura


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.



Carsten Nicolai(GERMANY)

(Carsten Nicolai, 1965年出生)在柏林生活和工作。
在受到科学和数学的深刻影响的同时,他不断打破各种艺术流派之间的界限。自90年代后期参加国际美术展以来,他一直在世界各地著名的美术馆和画廊发表作品。他的美学也影响到了作为音乐家的活动。他使用了笔名阿尔瓦·诺托(Alva Noto),与坂本龙一、池田亮司、布里克萨·巴格尔德等人进行了出色的合作。在世界各地进行巡演。近年来,他为亚历杭德罗·冈萨雷斯·伊纳里图导演的电影《莱文南特》创作了原声带,受到了人们的关注。

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