‘future past perfect pt. 04 (stratus)’, 2013 by carsten nicolaivideo (HDTV 1920 x 1080 pixels)edition 1 of 5 all images courtesy ibid, london, galerie EIGEN + ART leipzig /bBerlin and the pace gallery

 

carsten nicolai: observatoryibid, londonon now through to the 19th of april, 2013

 

renowned for his artistic approach intersecting art, science and technology, german artist carsten nicolai presents a body of work exploring several kinds of particle phenomena in an exhibition titled ‘observatory’ at ibid in london until the 19th of april, 2013.through an eclectic series of installations combining sculpture, photography, video and sound, nicolai realizes the embodiment of various physical occurrences – from the microscopic to the macroscopic. a video installation titled ‘wolken’ illustrates the organismal qualities of clouds through the mechanics of optical illusion – a camera zooms through different clips of the billowing masses, revealing a visually rich depiction of micro and macro structures. ‘thermic’ is an installation that actualizes usually invisible heat waves floating through space where hot air generated from a streaming heat source is made visible by a spotlight – creating shadows of the phenomenon onto a wall. this work gives volume and dimension to a hidden force, reminding us we are not surrounded by empty space, but flexible, malleable matter. ‘particle noise’ investigates radioactive particles through the medium of sound. geiger counters generate the audio for the installation with photographs – exhibited alongside this installation – documenting the numerous traces of cosmic and terrestrial radiation.

 

 

carsten nicolai explores particle phenomena   the observatory show ‘future past perfect pt. 04 (stratus)’, installation viewvideo (HDTV 1920 x 1080 pixels)edition 1 of 5

 

 

carsten nicolai explores particle phenomena   the observatory show ‘traces t1’, 2007pigment-prints on handmade paper38 x 55.4 cm15 x 21 3/4 in

 

 

carsten nicolai explores particle phenomena   the observatory show ‘thermic’, 2011metal heating system, light spotdimensions variable

 

 

carsten nicolai explores particle phenomena   the observatory show ‘wismut (dust) w8’, 2013pigment print on handmade paper38 x 55.4 cm15 x 21 3/4 in

 

 

carsten nicolai explores particle phenomena   the observatory show ‘particle noise’, 2013geiger counter, computer, sound systemdimensions variable