September 2012, Milan
Carsten Nicolai, a German artist, musician and producer, was born in 1965 in Karl-Marx-Stadt in former East Germany. A leading figure in the artistic world of Berlin in the 1990s, Nicolai is internationally renowned for his installations and performances, which explore the links and interactions between vision, sound, architecture, science and technology.
Adopting a strict approach inspired by scientific methods, his artistic research into the mechanisms of representation and into the means and limits of visual and audio perception are both consistent and poetic. His works enter into the viewer’s physical sphere and interact with the architectural spaces they are created for, bringing into play the concepts of space and time.
unidisplay epitomises the most important themes that run through Nicolai’s work, including the ability to give visual form to sound, the translation of minimal aesthetics into a monotonal use of colour (variations on black and white) and of sound, and a tendency towards abstraction and towards the infinite.
Photo: Agostino Osio