Nils Norman

Friesenwall 120

The main component of Nils Norman’s exhibition was an approximately one-hundred-minute audiotape on which he discusses his evolution from student to exile to artist with his friend Merlin Carpenter, an artist who underwent a similar transition. The tape consists of an intimate, jokey art conversation, and it shifts from a “we are old friends” routine, to a “conversation on art” routine, to a “two allies in a foreign world” routine. Norman and Carpenter play a special role in that sector of the Cologne art scene that uses Friesenwall 120—a space that is not so much a gallery as a video/magazine archive and meeting place dedicated to underground culture. They are the only two British “members,” both are young, with a still-youthful attitude. Neither artist is represented by a gallery, and yet, they are both very much alive and kicking in a subtle British style. This work deals with the

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