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Carsten Nicolai

carsten nicorai Carsten Nicolai is an artist and sound musician. He was born in Karl-Marx- Stadt, former East Germany (present Chemnitz) in 1965. He is currently based in Berlin and Chemniz. He uses electronic sound and visual art as a kind of hybrid- tool to create his own microscopic view of creative processes. His world looks more like a laboratory- constantly morphing in space and time, influenced by the impulses of this media world, sound- the message as a code- becomes, the primary theme via visualised sound performance. With his work going across a variety of areas, not only post-technology sounds but also contemporary art and media art, he has established his distinctive position, and gained internationally a high reputation. As a sound musician, he uses double names, noto and alva noto, to function effectively on the music scene, depending on his approach or concept. He is also positively collaborating with different artists such as Pan Sonic and OPIETE. His unit with Ryoji Ikeda, "cyclo.," is well-known. In autumn 2005, he successfully toured with Ryuichi Sakamoto in Europe in their collaboration.

Group Exhibitions (selection)

2003Venice Biennale, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial
2001Venice Biennale, Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul
1999Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, England
1997Documenta X, Kassel, Germany
Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2005"carsten nicolai - anti reflex" (Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt / Main), "syn chron" (Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin)
2002WATARI-UM (Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo)
2000"polar" Canon Artlab 10 (in collaboration with Marko Peljan, Tokyo, Japan)
1998"polyfoto" Galerie fuer Zeitgenoessische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
Discography (selection)

2005live alva noto aka carsten nicolai, ryuichi sakamoto, insen tour
1999rastermusic and noton.archiv fuer ton und nichtton merged.
1994Founded noton.archiv fuer ton und nichtton.

2001prize ars electronica, golden nica, for interactive art for the "polar".
2000f6- philip morris, graphic prize, Dresden, Germany, prize ars electronica, golden nica, for digital music for the 20 'to 2000 project.
1990Jurgen Ponto prize, Frankfurt / Main.