Carsten Nicolai's installation "syn chron" was presented for the first time at New National Gallery (designed by Mies van der Rohe) in Berlin this February 2005. This new work of his stirred a sensation. Its exhibition at YCAM realized in cooperation with the organizers in Berlin is the first showing in Japan and Asia. The idea of this work was conceived two years ago, and then a project, planned together with Nicolai on the assumption that it would be displayed in Berlin and Yamaguchi, was developed as a site-specific collaborative project. On top of that, this new version with the renovated sound / image content is introduced to the public for the first time. The studio A at YCAM for theater use is used specially for the exhibition of this grand work elaborately planned and worked out.
Carsten Nicolai is a Berlin-based artist of worldwide fame as talented in both visual art (contemporary art installation) and sound art (post-techno sound). His activities include participating in international festivals at the forefront such as "Documenta" (Germany) and “Venice Biennale" (Italy), holding solo exhibitions in various parts in Europe, and giving live performances and collaborative projects. In Tokyo, he held innovative exhibitions more than once since mid-'90s, and he has many fans on the art scene in Japan. In addition, he has started to work together with Ryuichi Sakamoto this year, and their European tour of live interactive collaboration of piano and electronic sounds, which is called "insen", has won the highest praise wherever they tour.