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Carsten Nicolai, unidisplay, 2012, real-time projection, screen, mirrors, sound, 54 minutes. Installation view.

Carsten Nicolai

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Carsten Nicolai, unidisplay, 2012, real-time projection, screen, mirrors, sound, 54 minutes. Installation view.

Carsten Nicolai’s unidisplay, 2012, is a monumental visual and sound landscape that extends horizontally for about 160 feet, infinitely multiplied by mirrored walls at both ends. Twenty-four visual modules follow sequentially on a screen, where the combinatory possibilities of lines and black-and-white two-dimensional geometric shapes produce changing visual stimuli. The sounds, both sampled and created, that accompany the sequences are mutable vibrations that reach the ear while on the screen they are translated into optical pulsations. The minimalist graphic clarity of Nicolai’s typical imagery, the reduction of drawing to basic elements, and the negation of color in favor of a black/white binary all work to counteract unidisplay’s spatial grandiosity.

The optical effects and graphic solutions can bring to mind experiments in kinetic and optical art from the 1960s and even earlier,

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