CARSTEN NICOLAI. ANTI REFLEX
Carsten Nicolai is considered today to be one of the most important representatives of a generation of artists who focus on exploring the points of intersection between art, nature, and science. As a visual artist, researcher, producer, and organizer of concert events combined in one person, Nicolai seeks to overcome the division among the senses in human perception and to make it possible to experience natural phenomena like the frequencies of sound and light or electromagnetic fields with the eyes as well as by hearing and touch. His installations radiate a minimalist aesthetics that captivates the viewer with its elegance, simplicity, and emphasis on technology. Following his participation in important international exhibitions like the Kassel documenta and the Venice Biennial, the Schirn presents the first major survey, for which the artist, born in Karl-Marx-Stadt (Chemnitz) in 1965, will produce a series of new works.
Edited by Max Hollein, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. With a preface by Max Hollein and contributions by Magnus Haglund and Yuko Hasegawa, as well as explanatory notes on Carsten Nicolai's works. German/English, 200 pages, 140 color illustrations, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne 2005, ISBN 3-88375-891-4.