VENUE + TIME:

February 25 – April 3, 2005
Opening: February 24, 2005, 8 p.m.
Live Presentation:
March 3, 2005 at 7, 8 & 9 p.m.
Neue Nationalgalerie / Obere Halle
Potsdamer Str. 50, 10785 Berlin

October 7-16, 2005
Opening:
October 7, 2005, 6 p.m.
BIENNALE BERN 05

Hochschule der Künste Bern HKB, Große Halle
Papiermühlestr. 13, 3000 Bern 22, Schweiz
www.biennale-bern.ch

December 17, 2005 – Februar 19, 2006
Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media

7-7 Nakazono-cho, Yamaguchi-city
7530075 Japan
www.ycam.jp

September 4 – November 12, 2006
Opening: September 1-3, 2006
Singapore Biennale 2006
National Museum of Singapore

93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
www.singaporebiennale.org

PARTICIPANTS:

Carsten Nicolai – concept, composition
Finn Geipel & Giulia Andi, LIN – architecture
Werner Sobek – supporting structure
David Letellier – artistic assistance

Ingrid Buschmann, Gabriele Knapstein – curators

JENOPTIK AG – laser sources
LaserAnimation SOLLINGER GmbH – laser technology, programing
ELAC Electroacustic GmbH – audio technology
Nibo – sound programing
ideea Messe- und Dekorationsbau GmbH – production architecture
Rob Feigel – technical production

PHOTO CREDITS:

Uwe Walter, Berlin
Courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART, Berlin/Leipzig

CARSTEN NICOLAI

»syn chron«
Architectural Body as Interface
Space. Light. Sound.

For the upper hall of the Neue Nationalgalerie, visual artist and musician Carsten Nicolai has conceived of a mobile space that serves as acoustic body, resonating space and projection surface all at once – a crystalline architectural body whose translucent skin is the vehicle for both acoustic and optical events. Electronic music composed by Nicolai generates modulations in laser-projected light. The composition, designed to run for the duration of the installation, is planned for daytime and nighttime conditions as well as potential live presentations. The architectural body is a sound and light space that visitors can enter into, or they can also perceive it from the outside, even at a distance. This mobile architecture is a prototype that the artist has developed together with architects Finn Geipel and Giulia Andi, LIN as well as with engineer Werner Sobek. Along with the latest in laser technology, Nicolai experiments with the special acoustic conditions of the crystalline space.

Carsten Nicolai, born 1965 in Chemnitz, has developed a special approach to the connection between art and music, between visual and acoustic perception, in his works since the mid-1990s. His stance as artist and musician may be compared with that of a researcher. In constantly new experimental arrangements, Nicolai seeks to overcome separations between human sensory experiences and to transform natural scientific phenomena, such as sound and light frequencies, into events perceptible for the eyes and ears. »syn chron« represents the largest project to date in Nicolai's endeavor to create a symbiosis between architecture, light and sound.

The »syn chron« project takes place as part of the »Musical Works by Visual Artists« performance series, which Freunde Guter Musik Berlin has realized in collaboration with the Nationalgalerie Berlin since 1999 and, since 2002, with MaerzMusik festival of the Berliner Festspiele. Within this series, Carsten Nicolai's work occupies a special position. It can be thought of as an experiment in which the artist is active not only at the border zones of art and music, but also at their interface with science.

CURRENT PROJECT:

SCORES

Saâdane Afif, Christian Marclay, Ari Benjamin Meyers, Jorinde Voigt
Exhibition & Concerts

Exhibition: October 28 – November 13, 2016
Opening: October 27, 2016, 7 p.m.
Concerts: October 28 & 30, November 13, 2016

Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof
Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin / Rieckhallen
Invalidenstraße 50-51, 10557 Berlin
Tue, Wed, Fri 10–6, Thu 10–8, Sat–Sun 11–6

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CURATORS:

Ingrid Buschmann
Gabriele Knapstein

PRESS:

Press release
Nicolai-Berlin-press-eng.pdf

PRESENTED BY:

A project of Freunde Guter Musik Berlin e.V.
in collaboration with Neue Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
and MaerzMusik 2005 Berliner Festspiele.

Concept: Ingrid Buschmann, Gabriele Knapstein, Matthias Osterwold

Made possible by grants from the Ernst Schering Foundation and the Hauptstadtkulturfonds.

With support from JENOPTIK AG, LaserAnimation SOLLINGER GmbH, ELAC Electroacustic GmbH and ideea Messe- und Dekorationsbau GmbH.

Recommended by SPEX, supported by The Wire. With thanks to Galerie EIGEN + ART.