Carsten Nicolai, born 1965 in Karl-Marx-Stadt, is a german artist and musician based in Berlin. He is part of an artist generation who works intensively in the transitional area between music, art and science. In his work he seeks to overcome the separation of the sensory perceptions of man by making scientific phenomenons like sound and light frequencies perceivable for both eyes and ears. Influenced by scientific reference systems, Nicolai often engages mathematic patterns such as grids and codes, as well as error, random and self-organizing structures. His installations have a minimalistic aesthetic that by its elegance and consistency is highly intriguing. After his participation in important international exhibitions like Documenta x and the 49th and 50th venice biennale, Nicolai’s works were shown worldwide in extensive solo and group exhibitions.

His artistic œuvre echoes in his work as a musician. For his musical outputs he uses the pseudonym Alva Noto. With a strong adherence to reductionism he leads his sound experiments into the field of electronic music creating his own code of signs, acoustics and visual symbols. Together with Olaf Bender and Frank Bretschneider he is co-founder of the label ‘Raster-Noton. Archiv für ton und nichtton’. Diverse musical projects include remarkable collaborations with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Ryoji Ikeda (cyclo.), Blixa Bargeld or Mika Vainio. Nicolai toured extensively as Alva Noto through Europe, Asia, South America and the US. Among others, he performed at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou in Paris and Tate Modern in London. Most recently Nicolai scored the music for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s newest film, ‘The Revenant’ which has been nominated for a Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Critics Choice Award.

Carsten Nicolai, Portrait
Carsten Nicolai
Karl Marx Stadt, 1965
Germany

Past Exhibitions

Carsten Nicolai

Goethe-Institut Hongkong 25/03/2019 — 30/03/2019

Datumsoria

Nam June Paik Art Center
12/07/2018 — 16/09/2018

Datumsoria: The Return of the Real

ZKM | Center for Art and Media 09/09/2017 — 18/03/2018

unREAL: The algorithmic present

HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel)
08/06/2017 — 20/08/2017

Klappe Eins, Affe Tot…


17/12/2016 — 04/02/2017

Solo Shows

2015
unitape, kunstsammlungen chemnitz
unidisplay, kunstmuseum stuttgart
unicolor, the vinyl factory, london
ur-geräusch, kunstverein braunschweig
strange attractors, borusan contemporary, istanbul
2014
alpha pulse, icc international commerce center hong kong, art|basel|hong kong
unidisplay, sonarplanta, the sorigué foundation, barcelona
2013 empty garden, the hole gallery, prague, czech republic
crt mgn, galerie eigen + art berlin, germany
observatory, ibid projects, london, uk
unidisplay/uni(psycho)acoustic, museum für moderne kunst, frankfurt/main, germany
2012 unidisplay, musée d’art contemporain, montréal, canada / hangarbicocca, milan, italy
schatten loop, cos store, berlin (in collaboration with cos)
2011 pionier, cac, vilnius, lithuania / galerie eigen + art, leipzig, germany / the pace gallery, new york, usa
filter, house of art, budweis, czech republic
unitxt mirrored, galleria lorcan o’neill, rome, italy
2010 polar m [mirrored] with marko peljhan, ycam, yamaguchi, japan
scaler, hendrik christian andersen museum, rome, italy
maga, museo arte gallarate, italy
autor, temporäre kunsthalle, berlin, germany
moiré, the pace gallery, new york, usa
anti reflex, la casa encendida, madrid, spain
rota, museum der bildenden künste, leipzig, germany
2009 aoyama space, kunstraum innsbruck, austria
rota, schering stiftung, berlin, germany
unitxt, sketch, london, uk
2008 anti reflex, kunsthalle hamburg, germany
tired light, galerie eigen + art, berlin, germany
2007 static fades, haus konstruktiv, zurich, switzerland / pacewildenstein, new york, usa
2006 inver, frieze art fair, london, uk
inver, galerie eigen + art, leipzig, germany
2005 audio visual spaces, stedelijk museum voor actuele kunst (smak), gent, belgium
anti reflex, schirn kunsthalle, frankfurt/main, germany
syn chron, neue nationalgalerie, berlin, germany / bern, schwitzerland / yamaguchi, japan
2003 funken, galerie eigen + art, berlin, germany
modular re.struct, poalo curti/annamaria gambuzzi & co, milan, italy
2002 parallel lines cross at infinity, watari-um, watari museum of contemporary art, tokyo, japan
2001 milch, london, uk
2000 ystad kunsthalle, ystad, sweden
polar, canon artlab 10 (with marko peljan), tokyo, japan
1999 1% space, copenhagen, denmark
1998 polyfoto, galerie für zeitgenössische kunst, leipzig, germany
1996 leonhardi-museum, dresden, germany
the new york kunsthalle, new york, usa
1995 galerie margrit gass, basel, switzerland
kunstverein konstanz, germany
1994 espace des arts, chalon-sur-saône, france
kunstverein ulm, germany
neue nationalgalerie, berlin, germany
1993 städtische kunstsammlungen chemnitz, chemnitz, germany
1992 galerie springer, berlin, germany
1991 “magica ll”, lichtinstallation, kunst-werke, berlin, germany
1986 “der keller”, galerie eigen + art, leipzig, germany

Group Shows

2015
Quantum of Disorder, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, February 6–May 10, 2015.

2013
Soundings: A Contemporary Score, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, August 10–November 3, 2013. (Catalogue) 

2012
Art & Music—Search for New Synesthesia, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT), October 27, 2012–February 3, 2013. (Catalogue)
Beyond Good and Evil, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, August 24–September 30, 2012.
Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial,Echigo–Tsumari Region, Japan, July 29–September 17, 2012.
Aus Passion. Zeitgenössiche Kunst aus der Sammlung Hanck, Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, May 18–August 12, 2012. (Catalogue)
A House Full of Music: Strategies in Music and Art, Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt, Germany, May 13–September 9, 2012.
Tracing the Grid: The Grid in Art after 1945, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, May 5–October 7, 2012. (Catalogue)
Sound Art. Sound as a Medium of Art, Städtische Galerie im ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany, March 17, 2012–January 6, 2013.
Mal Schauen!, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany, February 16–March 31, 2012.
A Material World, PSM Gallery, Berlin, January 13–February 18, 2012.

 2011
We Would Provide Complete Darkness, Goethe-Institut, New York, December 1–22, 2011.
Halleluwah! Hommage a CAN, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, November 24–December 18, 2011.
Our Magic Hour, Yokohama Triennale, Japan, August 6– November 6, 2011.

 2010
50 Years at Pace, The Pace Gallery, 510 West 25th Street, New York, September 17–October 16, 2010. (Catalogue)
Festival Seconde Nature #4, Fondation Vasarely, Aix en Provence, France, June 2–12, 2010.
Rudolf Steiner und die Kunst der Gegenwart, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany, May 13–October 3, 2010. (Catalogue)
Biennale für Internationale Lichtkunst, Unna, Germany, March 28–May 27, 2010. (Catalogue) 

2009
The Jerusalem Show: The Jerusalem Syndrome, The Sound Project, Al-Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, New Gate, Jerusalem, October 11–20, 2009
Fourth Digital Art Festival Taipei 2009, Digital Art Center, Taipei City, Taiwan, November 6–15, 2009.
See This Sound: Promises in Sound and Vision, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Austria, August 28, 2009–January 10, 2010. (Catalogue)
Reduction & Suspense, Magazin 4 – Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz, Germany, July 4–August 23, 2009.
60 Jahre 60 Werke: Kunst aus der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 1949 bis 2009, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, May 1–June 14, 2009. (Catalogue)
Kaleidoscopic Eye: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, April 4–July 5, 2009.
Auftakt—Klangund Ton in der Gegenwartskunst, Museum Villa Rot, Burgrieden-Rot, Germany, March 29–June 21, 2009.
Liquid Frontiers, Lille3000: EUROPE XXL, Tri Postal, Lille, France, March 14–July 12, 2009.
Berlin2000, PaceWildenstein, 545 West 22nd Street, New York, March 7–April 18, 2009. (Catalogue)
2nd Biennial of the Canary Islands: Architecture, Art and Landscape, Santa Cruz de Teneriffa and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, March 5–May 4, 2009.
Chapter Two, About Change, Collection Stiftung, Berlin, opened January 17, 2009.

 2008
VOLUME: Klang/ Zeit/ Räume, Haus ZwischenZeit, Basel, December 13, 2008–June 6, 2009.
About Snow, Kitzbühel Museum, Austria, November 11, 2008– April 11, 2009.
Life? Biomorphic Forms in Sculpture, Kunsthuas Graz, Austria, September 27, 2008–November 21, 2009.
Summer at EIGEN + Art, EIGEN + Art, Berlin, July 4–August 23, 2008.
Love at First Site, FUTURA/ Goethe-Institut, Prague, May 28–August 31, 2008. (Catalogue)
On the Sensations of Sound, Stedelijk Museum de Lakenhal, Leiden, The Netherlands, April 27–June 29, 2008.
Open Space 2008, NTT Intercommunication Center [ICC], Tokyo, April 19, 2008–March 8, 2009.
Rom Report, Badischer Kunstverien, Karlsruhe, Germany, April 18–June 15, 2008.
Beyond Measure: Conversations Across Art and Science, Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, April 5–June 1, 2008.
KW – Hommage à Klaus Werner, Collection Exhibition 2008, GfZK Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, February 9, 2008–January 11, 2009. (Curated by Heidi Stecker and Barbara Steiner)
Ghost in the Machine, Kunsternes Hus, Oslo, February 8–March 16, 2008.
TONSPUR_expanded, Freiraum/ Quartier21 and MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, January 11–February 24, 2008. (Curated by Georg Weckwerth) 

2007
Feuerwerk über dem Alexanderplatz Deutsche Malerei seit 1968 aus der Sammlung Berg, Museum Bochum, Germany, November 17, 2007–January 6, 2008.
Space for Your Future, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, October 27, 2007–January 20, 2008.
Post–Laptopia #3 @ Jerusalem, Uganda Shop, Jerusalem, June 18, 2007.
MARTa schweight, MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany, June 2–October 7, 2007.
Silence: Listen to the Show, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy, June 1–September 23, 2007. (Catalogue)
VIDEOEX: Internationales Experimentalfilm und Video Festival Zurich, Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zurich, May 17–27, 2007.
Say It Isn’t So: Art Trains Its Sights on the Natural Sciences, Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Germany, May 12–September 16, 2007. (Catalogue)
Laptopia (3): Experimental Art Festival, (sponsored by Interval–Recordings), Levontin 7, Tel Aviv, May 9, 2007.
Reiner Kunze Preis 2006 – Ein Kunstprojekt zur Begleitung, Galerie Eberhard Klinger, Görlitz, Germany, May 6–June 29, 2007.
Constellations II, Städel Museum, Frankfurt, April 26–September 23, 2007.
Most of SPOTS,SPOTS Media Installation, Park Kolonnaden at Potsdamer Platz 10, Berlin, March 5–31, 2007.
Second Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art: Footnotes on Geopolitics, Market and Amnesia, Moscow, March 1–April 1, 2007. (Catalogue)
Wahlverwandschaften, Neues Museum Weimar, Germany, February 24–July 29, 2007.
Sound in the Picture–The Phenomenon of Music in the Forming of Art of the Modern Trend and the Present, Opelvillen Rüsselsheim, Germany, February 14–April 29, 2007.
OH!, (as Alva Noto), Entrepôt Galerie, Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France, January 22–March 31, 2007. 

2006
Kristallisationen, Luitpoldblock, Munich, 2006.
Kosta 3:30, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2006.
Piani Sospetti: La distanza è una finzione, Via Nuova Arte Contemporanea, Florence, December 22, 2006–March 29, 2007.
THIS IS NOT FOR YOU: Sculptural Discourses, Thyssen–Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, November 23, 2006–April 29, 2007.
[Grid < > Matrix], Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Saint Louis, October 25–December 31, 2006. (Catalogue)
Frieze Art Fair 2006, Regent’s Park, London, October 12–15, 2006. (Catalogue)
New Space, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, September 16–December 16, 2006. (Catalogue)
The Singapore Biennale: BELIEF, The National Museum of Singapore, September 4–November 12, 2006. (Catalogue)
Collection II, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, September 1, 2006–April 12, 2007.
Site Santa Fe Sixth International Biennale: Still Points of the Turning World, Santa Fe, July 9, 2006 –January 7, 2007. (Catalogue; Curated by Klaus Ottmann)
Landschaft, Galerie EIGEN + ART Berlin, July 1–August 26, 2006.
Anstoss! Berlin, Kunst macht Welt, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, June 22–September 17, 2006.
Luminous Buildings: Architecture of the Night, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, June 9–October 1, 2006.
Was wäre ich ohne dich…, 40 Jahre deutsche Malerei, City Gallery, Prague, June October 29, 2006.
Sonambiente Berlin 2006, Festival Für Hören und Sehen, Klang Kunst Sound Art, Berlin, June 1–July 17, 2006. (Catalogue)
Official Flash Film Festival (OFFF), Centra de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, May 11–13, 2006.
Constructing New Berlin: Contemporary Art Made in Post–Wall Berlin, Phoenix Art Museum, April 9–September 24, 2006; and The Bass Museum of Art, Miami, November 3, 2006–January 21, 2007. (Catalogue)
Der erste Blick / Die Sammlung GAG, Neues Museum Weimar, Germany, March 19–July 17, 2006.
The 90’s–From the Artist Book to the CD–ROM, Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Germany, January 8–March 19, 2006.

 2005
Transatlantic Impulses – 10 Years of Villa Aurora, Martin–Gropius–Bau, Berlin, December 2, 2005–February 19, 2006. (Catalogue; curated by Ariane Beyn)
Radio Kills the Video Star–Side A, Le Collège, FRAC, Reims, France, November 25–December 30, 2005.
City Gaze, SPOTS Media Installation, Park Kolonnaden at Potsdamer Platz 10, Berlin, November 24, 2005–March 31, 2007. (Catalogue)
Conversations with Snow and Ice. Observation/Imagination in Art and Science, The Natural History Museum of Latvia, Riga, November 10, 2005–January 8, 2006. (Catalogue)
Arbeiten auf Papier,Museum Junge Kunst, Frankfurt/ Oder, October 23, 2005–March 12, 2006. (Catalogue)
Sounds like Drawing, The Drawing Room, London, (funded by the The Henry Moore Foundation and The Foyle Foundation), October 13–November 20, 2005. (Catalogue)
Biennale Berne 05, Hochschule der Kunste, Bern, October 7–16, 2005.
Untitled, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, California, August 14–September 25, 2005. (Curated by Kristin Chambers)
Körper im elektromagnetischen Feld Resonanzen, Städtische Galerie im ZKM, Karlsruhe, July 28–October 9, 2005. Traveled as Resonancias: Cuerpo electromagnéticos to: Conde Duque Medialab, Madrid, January 27–April 2, 2006; TENT. Center for Visual Art Rotterdam and V2_Institute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam, as Electromagnetic Bodies: Aether, Desire, and Resonance in Art and Technology, May 4–June 4, 2006; Ludwig Múzeum, Budapest, as Resonance: Electromagnetic Bodies, June 22–August 27, 2006; Maison Europeen de le Photographie, as @rt Outsiders Festival: Electromagnetic Bodies, Paris, September 20–October 15, 2006. (Catalogue)
Schrift. Zeichen. Geste.Carlfriedrich Claus im Kontext von Klee bis Pollock, Kunstsammlung Chemnitz, Germany, July 24–October 9, 2005. (Catalogue)
Artist Archives–New Ones of Works to Historical Existence, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, June 19–August 28, 2005. (Catalogue)
Sammlungswechsel, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Germany, May 28–June 26, 2005.
Passion des Sammelns–Sammlung Reinking, Sammlung Federkiel, Halle 14, Leipzig/ Berlin, April 30–October 1, 2005.
Open Nature, NTT Intercommunication Center [ICC], Tokyo, April 29–July 3, 2005. (Catalogue)
Künstlerplakate aus der DDR–Siebziger und Achtziger Jahre, Neues Museum –Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Design in Nürnberg, Germany, March 15–June 26, 2005.
NOW’S THE TIME: Audio–Visual Montage, Kunstverein Medienturm, Graz, January 29–March 5, 2005.
Portrait, Galerie EIGEN + ART, Berlin, January 21–February 26, 2005.

 2004
Modus Operandi, Thyssen–Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, November 24, 2004–February 12, 2005.
Künstler der Galerie & Freunde–Weihnachtsausstellung, Galerie Grounded, Chemnitz, Germany, November 18, 2004–June 17, 2005.
.ipeg.bild.ton.maschine, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, March 26–April 18, 2004. (Catalogue)
Densité ±0, École nationale des beaux arts, Paris, February 3–April 11, 2004. (Catalogue)

 2003
Berlin Moskow/ Moskow Berlin, 1950–2000, Martin Gropius–Bau, Berlin, September 28, 2003–January 5, 2004. Traveled to: The State Tretiakov Gallery, Moscow, March 21–July 15, 2004; The State Museum of History, Moscow, April 3–June 15, 2004. (Catalogue)
ABSTRACTION NOW, Künstlerhaus Wien, Vienna, August 29–September 29, 2003. (Catalogue)
Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial,Echigo–Tsumari Region, Japan, July 20–September 7, 2003. (Catalogue)
Sommer bei EIGEN + ART, Galerie EIGEN + ART, Berlin, July 5–August 30, 2003.
50th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia: Dreams and Conflicts, The Dictatorship of the Viewer, Venice, June 15–November 2, 2003. (Catalogue)
Nano, Galerie Fraîch’ Attitude, Paris, May 22–September 20, 2003. (Catalogue)
Actionbutton, Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, May 16–August 31, 2003. (Catalogue)
Vectors: Digital Art of Our Time, The New York Digital Salon, World Financial Center Courtyard Gallery and Winter Garden, New York, April 22–May 25, 2003.
The Moderns, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy, April 16–August 3, 2003. (Curated by Carolyn Christov–Bakargiev)
Intervista con la pittura. Colllettiva di artisti internazionali a cura di Gianni Romano, Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Venice, March 21–May 21, 2003. (Catalogue)

2002
Second International Biennial of Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 7–December 8, 2002.
Sogar der Fachmann staunt!, Völcker & Freunde Gallery, Berlin, September 28–November 28, 2002.
Rouge Phosphène, Center of Contemporary Art, Sète, France, July13–October 27, 2002.
Sommer bei EIGEN + ART, Galerie EIGEN + ART, Leipzig, June 22–August 31, 2002.
P_A_U_S_E: Gwangju Biennale 2002, Gwangju Biennale Foundation, Korea, March 29–June 29, 2002. (Catalogue)
Frequencies [Hz]: Audio–Visual Spaces, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, February 9–April 28, 2002. (Catalogue) 

2001
Acquired II: Acquired 1996–2000. Painting, Diagram, Three–dimensional One Work, Photographies, Videos, Staatliche Kunstammlungen Dresden, Germany, 2001. (Catalogue)
Audible Imagery: Sound and Photography, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, October 26–December 21, 2001.
7th International İstanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey, September 22 –November 17, 2001. (Catalogue)
Cyberarts 2001: Prix Ars Electronica Exhibition, O.K. Centrum für Gegenwartskunst, Austria, September 1–6, 2001. (Catalogue)
Media Connection, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, June 28–September 15, 2001. (Catalogue)
49th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia: Plateau of Humankind, Venice, June 10–November 4, 2001. (Catalogue)
Perspectives: A Sound Show, MicaMoca (former Faema factory), Milan, May 4–June 20, 2001.
Art>Music: Rock, Pop, Techno, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, March 21–June 24, 2001. (Catalogue)
Let’s Entertain: Kunst Macht Spaß, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany, March 17–July 15, 2001.
Wild Zone, Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, February 25–April 15, 2001.
Open Systems: New Drawings, T19 Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Vienna, February 23–March 24, 2001. 

2000
Johnny, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, 2000.
QUOBO: Art Berlin 1989–1999,(Organized by Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Center, December 6, 2000–January 10, 2001. Traveled to: Museum National Jarkarta, Jarkarta Pusat, Indonesia, September 22–October 14, 2001; Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, September 28–November 18, 2001; Waikato Museum of Art and History/ Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, December 8, 2001–February 10, 2002; Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, April 16–May 22, 2002; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, September 21–November 24, 2002; Van Ho Exhibition Center, Ha Noi, Vietnam, January 10–26, 2003; Museo de Arte Carillo Gil, Mexico City, May 14–July 6, 2003; Museuo de Artes Visuales, Santiago, June 9–August 8, 2004; Galerie des bulgarischen Kuenstlerverbandes, Sofia, Bulgaria, May 16–June 4, 2006; Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania, November 17, 2006–January 7, 2007; and Eesti Kunstimuuseum Tallinn, Estonia, December 2007–February 2008. (Catalogue)
Udo Koch und Carsten Nicolai, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Christliche Kunst, Munich, November 27, 2000–February 5, 2001.
Malkunst: Painting Today in Berlin, Fondazione Mudima, Milan, November 2000.(Catalogue: curated by Cristos Joachimedes)
Polar (with Marko Peljhan), Canon ARTLAB, Tokyo, October 28–November 6, 2000.
Sound aka Space/ Aussendienst, Kunstverein Hamburg, September 22–October 29, 2000.
iHOP, Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden, September 15–November 5, 2000. (Catalogue)
Taktlos–Bern.Raster–Noton.Oacis,Bern, Switzerland, September 15–16, 2000. (Catalogue)
Bildwechsel: Aktuelle Malerei aus Sachsen und Thüringen, Städtisches Museum Zwickau and Kunstsammlung Gera–Orangerie, Germany, September 2–November 5, 2000. (Catalogue)
00: Drawings 2000 at Barbara Gladstone Gallery, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, July 6–August 30, 2000. (Catalogue)
Complementary Space Visions, Deutsche Gesellschaft für christliche Kunst, Munich, July 3–August 10, 2000.
Volume: Bed of Sound, PS1, Long Island City, New York, July 2, 2000–January 2001.
Premio Michetti 2000, Painting in Europe: Different Perspectives, MumiMichetti Museum Francavilla al Mare, Italy, July 1–September 23, 2000. (Catalogue)
Aussendienst: Kunstprojekten in öffentlichen Räumen Hamburgs, Hamburg, May 2000–May 2002. (Catalogue)
Sound Art: Sound as Media, NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC], Gallery A, Tokyo, January 28–March 12, 2000. (Catalogue)
Audible Light, The Museum of Modern Art Oxford, United Kingdom, January 23–March 19, 2000.
White Light, University Galleries, College of Fine Arts, Illinois State University, Norma, January 9–February 11, 2001. (Curated by Barry Blinderman)

 1999
Cyclo (with Ryoji Ikeda), WATARI–UM, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 1999.
Kunsthalle und Galerie im Dreikronenhaus, Osnabrück, Germany, 1999.
Querschnitt, Europäische Kunstakademie, Trier, Germany, 1999.
After the Wall: Kunst und Kultur im postkommunistischen Europa, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, October 16, 1999–January 16, 2000. Traveled to: Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, October 1, 2000–February 4, 2001. (Catalogue; curated by Bojana Pejic, David Elliott, and Iris Müller–Westermann)
TRACE: The Liverpool International Exhibition, United Kingdom, September 24–November 7, 1999. (Catalogue; curated by Anthony Bond)
Drawing and Painting, Galerie EIGEN + ART Berlin, September 4–October 9, 1999
Kraftwerk Berlin, Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, August 28–September 26, 1999. (Catalogue)
To the People of the City of Euro, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, May 28–July 11, 1999.
Examining Pictures: Exhibiting Paintings, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, May 7–June 27, 1999; Traveled to: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, July 24–September 19, 1999; Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, February 6–April 2, 2000. (Catalogue)
Empty Garden, WATARI–UM, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, April 24–November 7, 1999. (Catalogue)
FORMULE 2, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, January 22–February 21, 1999. (Catalogue) 

1998
Group exhibition, AuBase–Art Space, New York, 1998.
Just About Now, Villa Albkmaer, Centrum voor beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 1998.
Last House on the Left, Archipelago–Newrooms, Stockholm, 1998.
PS1 Re–Opening, PS1, Long Island City, New York, October 27, 1997–Spring 1998.
ODRADEK, The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Annandale–on–Hudson, New York, September 20–December 18, 1998.
Prolongation de TECHNOCULTURE [Computer World],Fri–Art Centre d’Art Contemporain, Fribourg, Switzerland, April 5–June 21, 1998 

1997
Documenta X, Kassel, June 21–September 28, 1997. (Catalogue)
Atlas Mapping, Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich, Linz, June 6–July 11, 1997; Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria, February 21–April 5, 1998. (Catalogue)
Cartografia, AR/ GE Kunst, Galerie Museum, Galleria Museo Bozen, Bolzano, Italy, March 22–April 27, 1997. (Catalogue)

 1996
All+Tag: Mikro Makro–Projekt (with Mika Vainio), Industriemuseum, Chemnitz, Germany; Maeltinranta, Tampere, Finland; Wroclaw, Poland, 1996.
In Concerto, Goethe–Institut, Palermo, Italy, 1996. (Catalogue)
Neben den Linden, Kunstverein Düsseldorf, 1996.
Projektor: Olaf Nicolai, Carsten Nicolai, Städtisches Kunstmuseum Spendhaus, Reutlingen, 1996–1997. (Catalogue)
HAPAX, Titanik Gallery, Turku, Finland, September–October 1996.

 1995
6 Aus 49, Galerie Kutschstall–Am neuen Markt, Potsdam, Germany, 1995.
75 Jahre Städtische Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Germany, 1995.
Junge Kunst International, Overbeck–Gesellschaft, Lübeck, Germany, 1995. (Catalogue)
Leipziger Künstler, Galerie Rähnitzgasse, Neuer Sächsischer Kunstverein, Dresden, Germany, 1995. (Catalogue)
Nationale der Zeichnung, Tokanische Säulenhalle, Augsburg, Germany, 1995.
Preis der Pfalzgalerie Für Klassische Verfahren der Orginalgrafik, Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern, Germany, 1995. (Catalogue)
Selections Winter 1995, The Drawing Center, New York, November 18–December 22, 1995.
Junge Künstler aus Sachsen, Museum Junge Kunst, Frankfurt/ Oder, August 10–October 29, 1995. (Catalogue)
Die Neuaufteilung der Welt, Kunstverein Göttingen, Germany, February 24–March 23, 1995. (Catalogue)

1994
Metropole und Peripherie, Museum de Arte Moderna MAM, Rio de Janeiro, 1994.
Nationale der Zeichnung, Tokanische Säulenhalle, Augsburg, Germany, 1994
The Present Order, Kunstverein Elsterpark, Leipzig, 1994.
Zeitblilck, Kunstlandschaft Sachsen, Schloß Dresden, Germany, 1994. (Catalogue)
Leipzig Kommt, Künstlerwerkstatt Lothringer Straße, Munich, May 7–June 12, 1994. (Catalogue)
Welt–Moral: Moralvorstellungen in der Kunst heute, Kunsthalle Basel, April 30–July 31, 1994. (Catalogue)
Georgius Agricola. Bergwelten 1494–1994, Städtische Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Germany, March 27–May 29, 1994. (Catalogue) 

1993
VOX Editionen, Voxxx Galerie, Chemnitz, Germany, 1993.
Ein Jahrhundert des Holzschnitts, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, December 11, 1993–January 30, 1994. (Catalogue)
The Return of the Cadavre Exquis, The Drawing Center, New York, November 6–December 18, 1993. Traveled to: The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., February 5–April 10, 1994; Fundacion para el Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, 1994; The Santa Monica Museum of Art, July 7–September 5, 1994; Forum for Contemporary Art, Saint Louis, September 30–November 12, 1994; American Center, Paris, December, 1994–January, 1995. (Catalogue)
We Are in New York: Rainer Görss, Jörd Herold, Kaesberg, Uwe Kowski, Maix Mayer, Carsten Nicolai, Olaf Nicolai, Cornelia Parker, Annelies Stroba, Gallery EIGEN + ART, New York, March 11–June 26, 1993. (Catalogue)

 1992
Experimentelles Atelier Oscar, Voxxx Galerie, Chemnitz, Germany, 1992.
Group exhibition, Galerie Hilger, Vienna, 1992.
Krakatao, A.C.R. Galerie, Eltville am Rhein, Germany, 1992.
Ortszeit, Schloß Plüschow, Germany, 1992.

 1991
11th Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1991.
Der Berg, Ausstellung der Jahresgabe der Produzentengalerie “OSCAR”, Chemnitz, Germany, 1991.
Galerie EIGEN + ART 1983–1991, Bayer AG, Leverkusen, Germany, 1991. (Catalogue)
Leipziger Bildermesse, Leipzig, 1991. (Catalogue)
Vier Wochen Dependance, Galerie EIGEN + ART, Berlin and Galerie EIGEN + ART, Paris, 1991. 

1990
Hommage an Carlfriedrich Claus, Galerie Oben, Chemnitz, Germany, 1990.
II Chemnitzer Künstler, Praterinsel, Munich, 1990. (Catalogue)
Tradition + Innovation, Kupferstichkabinett Dresden, Germany, 1990. Traveled to: Museum Schloß Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany, 1990; Kunstverein Hamburg, 1990. (Catalogue)
ZWEI PLUS EINS, Stadtgalerie im Sophienhof, Kiel, Germany, 1990. (Catalogue)
Botanik im Dezember, Galerie EIGEN + ART, Leipzig, December 15, 1990–January 19, 1991. 

1988
Der Keller, Galerie EIGEN + ART, Leipzig, September 30–October 13, 1988.

1987
Galerie Hermannstraße, Karl–Marx–Stadt, Germany, 1987.
Rennbahnobjekt, Galerie Fotogen, Villa Marie, Dresden, Germany, 1987. (Catalogue)

 1986
Gemeinschaftsarbeiten, Galerie EIGEN + ART, Leipzig, October 17–November 9, 1986.
Jörg Herold, Jens Pfuhler, Carsten Nicolai, Galerie EIGEN + ART, Leipzig, August 29–September 20, 1986.

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City of birth: Karl Marx Stadt Country of birth: Germany Date of birth: 1965 Lives in: Berlin, Germany