carsten nicolai


wood, oscillators, amplifier, loudspeakers, glass flasks, water, diptych
diptych: oil on polyester, aluminum frame. each panel 114 x 156cm
dimension variable
atem atem

working with traces, the theme of the 1999 liverpool biennale, this project refers to the historical background of liverpool and presents an intense exploration of the human environment. the physical vibrations of a subsonic sound affect the people and objects in a room. two glass flasks half-filled with water receive a bass sine wave tone emitted from nine loudspeakers which are integrated into the floor of the room. the tone travels through the floor, vibrating the materials of the floorboards and modulating the water surfaces in the flasks. the visitor's movements also change the resonance of the floor and affect the subsonic wave patterns of the water surfaces in the glass flasks. panels mounted on the wall counterbalance the movement of the elements. de-coupling themselves from the room installation, the panels form a stabilizing backdrop. the stable and instable elements begin to interact and generate a pulsing oscillation in the materials, imparting an awareness of the physical properties of the elements and objects surrounding us.