Since the early 1990s, Carsten Nicolai (b. 1965, lives and works in Berlin) has worked along the interface between visual art, music, and the natural sciences. With electronic sound and light material, he generates minimalist installations, sound performances, and presentations of physical phenomenon that reflect upon the systems and structures of a mediatized world.
As a musician, Nicolai has become one of the most recognized representatives of contemporary electronic music under the pseudonym Alva Noto. Since his participation in documenta X (1997) and the Venice Biennales of 2001 and 2003, he has exhibited worldwide as a visual artist. Taking place on the piazza of the K21 to accompany Nicolai’s exhibition in the lower level will be a series of electronic live concerts and performances.
In autumn, the K21 will be showing a survey exhibition devoted to the artist and musician.
Text: Susanne Gaensheimer, Doris Krystof, Rainer Maria Rilke, Friedrich Kittler, Kathrin Dreckmann, Verena Meis, Linda Walther
Carsten Nicolai. Prallax Symmetry
28 September 2019 to 19 January 2020