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Sensory Spaces 10 - Olaf Nicolai

until January 29 2017

Sensory Spaces Visual Front. Design Thonik. Performance during the opening of Sensory Spaces 10 – Olaf Nicolai © Studio Hans Wilschut © Studio Hans Wilschut Performance during the opening of Sensory Spaces 10 – Olaf Nicolai © Studio Hans Wilschut

Sensory Spaces is a series of commissioned solo projects presented in the Willem van der Vorm Gallery, located in the freely accessible exhibition space in the museum’s entrance hall. Artists are invited to respond to the architectural qualities of the space, emphasizing notions of transformation and surprise.

For the tenth edition of the ongoing series Sensory Spaces, Nicolai presents a site-specific adaptation of the works ‘Probestück 1, 2 and 3’. Following the Greek composer Iannis Xenakis’ (1922-2001) definition of architecture as ‘petrified music’, it investigates the complex tension between improvisation and notation. As philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy (1940) puts it: ‘Maybe music is not language without sense. Maybe it is sense without language.’

Olaf Nicolai (Halle 1962) is interested in the logic behind the act of translation. What if an emotion was expressed in a shape, a story was summed up in a colour, or if a sound was represented as architecture? His research into these apparent contradictions shows that different media can be utilized depending on specific needs and goals.

ARTtube

Watch the ARTtube video about Sensory Spaces 10 Olaf Nicolai here. 

Where

Sensory Spaces 10 - Olaf Nicolai is on view at gallery A on the first floor.

Series Sensory Spaces

 

With thanks to 

This exhibition is supported by Ammodo.