aoyama space no. 4 (2009) – Carsten Nicolai

Carsten Nicolai

aoyama space takes its name from a concave, apparently endless space in a photo studio in the Aoyama district of Tokyo. The works in the series are models of imagined spatial installations. Their small scale makes it possible to realize radical structures with complex features. The model rooms have curved surfaces, illuminated slits and projection surfaces, and are individually lighted.

aoyama space no. 4 is the fourth model in the series. On the rear interior wall of the box, which is painted black, three fine horizontal lines can be discerned. The lighting is controlled by specially composed sounds, ranging from deep bass frequencies to high-frequency clicks, whose frequency modulations and rhythm influence the interplay of light and space. Deep tones create linear one-dimensional slivers; flashes of light give the impression of two-dimensional surfaces; flashes of light escaping the box generate three-dimensional impressions of the space.


Abb.: © ZKM | Karlsruhe, Foto: Steffen Harms