18.02.2016 - Milena Fessmann, Carsten Nicolai
In his sound-driven work, Berlin-based artist and composer Carsten Nicolai seeks to overcome a separation of art forms and genres, looking for symbioses between disciplines. Influenced by scientific reference systems, Nicolai often engages mathematic patterns such as grids and codes. A long-time collaborator of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Nicolai (under the pseudonym alva noto) recently composed with Sakamoto the score of Alejandro G. Iñárritu's The Revenant. Nicolai embarks on a sonic journey into the nature of his collaboration with Sakamoto and others. Presenting excerpts from his compositions and audio works, he goes back to the foundations of his practice and shows how seemingly distinct media and genres can be synthesized to striking effect.