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© courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018<br/>    Picture: Courtesy of Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin and The Pace Gallery<br />

Carsten Nicolai

Born 1965 in Chemnitz, Germany
Lives and works in Berlin and Chemnitz

funken 2z, 2003

C-print and ink on glassine paper
36 x 29 cm

Carsten Nicolai works at the interface between art and natural science. His interest lies in processes that are not visible to the human eye and not audible to the human ear. With his work, Nicolai strives to make scientific phenomena such as sound and light frequencies or electromagnetic fields a visible, auditory and also tactile experience, and thus surmount the isolation of the individual human senses.

In the "funken" series, Carsten Nicolai analyses the paths of radio waves with the aid of photography. Gas discharges from ignited magnesium are photographed with a fast shutter speed in which the trajectory of flying sparks is visible. Angles and spreading patterns are also made visible. He reverses light and dark: the dark background appears light, the bright radio wave trajectories take on a bluish-black tone. The viewer has the impression of seeing floral structures that stand out gracefully against the light of the background.

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