MANIFESTO

#63

CHANGE OF SPACE

COSMIC LANGUAGE

2023.04.14

TRANSMITTER / RECEIVER

 

Carsten Nicolai’s project, presented by Marsèll, creates a dialogue between art, science and fashion, studying the inaccessible universe and refining the senses for chaos, light and particles. 

The work of the creative process consists of creating, inventing and discovering things that connect with each other: a true interdisciplinary inclination that of Carsten Nicolai, who pushes art to make connections with subjects from other worlds, including mathematics and physics. The artist perceives art as a complex way of thinking, a different way of expressing and an alternative form of revealing oneself, referring back to numerous fields and to the complexity of contemporary society. The evolution of the project begins with a concept, but branches out in different directions, giving the possibility to explore a world where art and science coexist and create incredibly current works. Nicolai questions about the unknown: how can a sculpture make visible what is not, and show various facets of the perceivable world? His questions analyze the capacity of the senses to investigate dimensions inaccessible to us, or not tangible to our eyes, intensifying the desire to literally push beyond the possible of human expertise. The artist uses his doubts and questions to create the installation Transmitter / Receiver, exhibited at Marsèll as part of the presentation of the Spring Summer 23 collection and during Milan Art Week. The brand is fascinated by Carsten’s way of working with the unexplored and using the aesthetic richness of the universe as a primary source of inspiration.

CARSTEN NICOLAI, TRANSMITTER / RECEIVER. PHOTO BY MATTIA BALSAMINI.

Can any visual poetry open a gateway to the unknown? Can a dimension that otherwise remains inaccessibile to our senses be made tangible? And how can a sculpture make visible what is not visible? 

CARSTEN NICOLAI, TRANSMITTER / RECEIVER. PHOTO BY MATTIA BALSAMINI.

The collection examines the light and delicate colors of the summer horizon, feeling the need to intensify its relationship with art to investigate in depth the different perceptions of human beings. Carsten Nicolai’s installation is a kind of multi-sensory seismograph, analyzing the visual and material characteristics of the universe. Optical phenomena such as particles, lights and colors become the protagonists of the work, as well as chance, investigated in all its small facets. The sculpture is purely scientific, controlled by a Geiger counter, an instrument that detects radioactivity. It registers the presence of terrestrial and extraterrestrial radioactive particles, through cosmic noise, and sends an electrical pulse to the machine. Nicolai has no training in science, he pushes himself goes beyond the superficial, looking for new ways to juxtapose objects that do not usually come into contact with each other. The installation translates the particles into sound, bright and visual worlds, becoming part of the audience’s experience, which increasingly understands the significance of the project and the intensity of the research. The work sensitizes the viewer’s perceptions, allowing them to witness the creation of patterns and sounds and to hear a specific, abstract, cosmic language. 

CARSTEN NICOLAI, TRANSMITTER / RECEIVER. PHOTO BY MATTIA BALSAMINI.

The codes of Nicolai’s work intersect with the palette of Marsèll’s summer collection, inspired by the beauty and random nature of light and how it is reflected on our earth. The brand goes beyond the idea of label, characterizing itself as a project dedicated to the study, exploration of form, and support of artists and creatives who sustain their visions to honor the broadest freedom of expression. Carsten Nicolai elaborates ways to always renew his art, his thinking, to stimulate his work by developing interdisciplinary connections. Transmitter / Receiver finds a meeting point between fashion and science, allowing the viewer to perceive with all different sensory spheres the soft and delicate colors of Marsèll’s SS23 collection.

 

 

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CARSTEN NICOLAI, TRANSMITTER / RECEIVER. PHOTO BY MATTIA BALSAMINI.

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