carsten nicolai: unidisplay
carsten nicolai: unidisplay carsten nicolai: unidisplay
oct 02, 2012

carsten nicolai: unidisplay

‘unidisplay’ by carsten nicolai image © designboom

carsten nicolai: unidisplay hangar bicocca milan, italy on now through december 2nd, 2012

designboom visited the most recent installation of german artist carsten nicolai ‘unidisplay’ on show at the hangar bicocca in milan. curated by chiara bertola and andrea lissoni, the 50 metre-long audio visual artwork combines nicolai’s skill in sound, art and electronic imagery – creating the signature sensory experience characteristic of his work. the wall of abstract digital graphics is marked at both ends by mirrored surfaces to produce an infinite, never-ending display – a feature of the piece denoting the fundamental element of time.

through a form of optical illusion, the audience is exposed to a moment of spatial disorientation enhanced and complemented by seating vibrating with sound from which they view the composition. ‘unidisplay’ shares its message through distinctively multidisciplinary avenues – using state of the art technology to connect with its spectators in a powerfully experiential way.

a video demonstrating the work with insight from the artist video © designboom

the audio-visual display is informed by the element of time image © designboom

the bench the audience views the work from is a speaker, vibrating with sound image © designboom

the combination of audio and transforming graphics creates a powerful sensory experience for its spectators image © designboom

the installation filled the expansive area of the hangar bicocca with light and sound image © designboom

the installation was curated by chiara bertola and andrea lissoni image © designboom

the audience enjoying the display image © designboom

image © designboom

the 50 metre-long wall is marked on either end by expansive mirrored surfaces, to create an infinite display image © designboom

the psychedelic imagery created a sense of disorientation image © designboom

the work is characteristic of nicolai’s work – moving across the disciplines of sound, art and technology image © designboom

  • The visualization looks cool, but idea is to fartsy for me.

    ABee says:
  • No, no, please, elaborate ABee. What about this is \”to fartsy\”? I assume you\’ve experienced it in person to formulate such a succinct yet insightful critique, and aren\’t just absent-mindedly punching your keyboard based on a few images and a short video? You\’ve seen Nicolai\’s other work? His books? Heard anything on his record label?

    The visualization IS the idea, tripe! Pleeease use your 59 characters more constructively next time…

    Justin says:
  • the sound is so patetic [as all raster-noton production (1234)] and the visual is not more precious than the graphic effect of windows media player, or other free softwares. so i think it \’s fartsy and mediocre.

    pci says:
  • a very mediocre version of the magnificent ryoji ikeda\’s work. nicolai\’s work is stagnant, where ikeda\’s work embraces the audience. this piece is just a screensaver, much like the banal Fades show at Pace in NYC. very emperor’s new clothes.

    anonymouse says:

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