Carsten Nicolai visualizes the sound

© Carsten Nicolai

An experimental italian music video from the 90ies, Disco Labirinto, started with a scientist saying: “Every musician will use a machine specifically designed to visualize the individual soundtracks…Now try to see the music”. Hangar Bicocca, opened in Milan the cycle of exhibitions presenting Unidisplay, the audiovisual installation by Carsten Nicolai, German artist, musician and leading player in contemporary research on the relantionship between electronic music and images. Unidisplay will then be exhibited in Mmk Frankfurt.

© Carsten Nicolai

Curated by Chiara Bertola and Andrea Lissoni, Unidisplay, is the installation measuring about 40 metres in length, which combines the most important elements of Nicolai’s work: the ability to make sound perceptible on an optical level, minimal aesthetics translated into the monotone use of colour (variations on black and white) and acoustics, and the propensity towards abstraction and the infinite.

© Carsten Nicolai

Thanks to a rigorous approach inspired by the scientific method, the artist has conducted his research – at once cogent and poetic – on the mechanisms of representation, and the procedures and limitations of visual and sound perception. His works involve the physicality of the spectator and the architectural space for which they are conceived, bringing into play the very concepts of time and space.

© Carsten Nicolai

Carsten Nicolai was born in 1965 in Karl-Marx-Stadt (now known as Chemnitz) in former East Germany. A leading figure on Berlin’s creative scene in the Nineties, Nicolai is internationally renowned for his installations and performances, which explore the connections linking vision, sound, architecture, science and technology.

Carsten Nicolai

Mmk Frankfurt  26st january – 05th may 2013

Hangar Bicocca  21st september 2012 – 06th january 2013

Selected by Ingrid Melano



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