Nicola Arthen’s practice is an investigation into the mutual relations between the object’s and the human’s capacities, a negotiation between site and experience. By isolating things from their peripheral state and turning them into protagonists, he sets out to discover their abilities to enhance human experience. His installations, sculptures and videos often contribute to a regulated environment, such as bespoke temperature devices or the scripted voice used in car navigation systems.
On the characteristic abilities of art spaces he states that art space serve as a sort of gatekeeper, filtering what of the outside world is allowed to enter and what not. As opposed to our daily living environments, where this type of filtering seems clearly harder to manage. ‘This is something if find hard to take for granted, especially in this time.’
Nicola Arthen, DYN, 2017
Background Nicola Arthen (1990) is a German artist who currently lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In 2015 he graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam and was granted residency at Taller Los Guayabos, Guadalajara, Mexico in 2018. His works have been shown in solo and group exhibitions around the world at art spaces such as Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, The Ballery, Berlin, NEST, The Hague and Kunstfort Vijfhuizen, The Netherlands.
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Works currently on show
I, I 8 U, The Neighbour Built a Twelve-Storey House
Baths / Relics