Volume presented a lecture with internationally acclaimed artist and musician Carsten Nicolai at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Carsten Nicolai is an artist who works intensively in the transitional area between art and science. For several years now he has also experimented with sound under the pseudonym Noto to create his own code of signs, acoustic and visual symbols. As Alva Noto he leads those experiments into the field of electronic music.
After his participation in Documenta X and the 49th and 50th Venice Biennal, Nicolai’s works were shown in two comprehensive solo exhibitions at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany, and at Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, Germany in 2005.
Nicolai has performed as Alva Noto at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, at Centre Pompidou in Paris, at Kunsthaus Graz and at Tate Modern in London. Additionally he has projects with diverse artists such as Ryoji Ikeda, Mika Vainio, and Thomas Knak; most recently he collaborated with Ryuichi Sakamoto on the critically acclaimed project Insen.
Nicolai, along with partners Frank Bretschenider and Olaf Bender, is also a founding member of the German experimental electronic music imprint Raster-Noton.