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Olaf Nicolai


Hotel Nacional Rio

Hotel Nacional in Rio with its trademark cylindrical tower, constructed between 1968-1972, is one of the highlights of architect Oscar Niemeyer’s later work, yet has been abandoned and left to deteriorate for some time. German artist and photographer Olaf Nicolai visited the site in September 2011 to exhaustively document its state of disrepair through hundreds of images. From elevator shafts plunging into darkness, stairways covered in guano and empty swimming pools, to rotting ceilings and wide interior spaces stripped bare, the collection of photos of this once shining jewel of architecture and luxury is as haunting as it is regrettable.

2015
20 x 29 cm
300 p.
Broché

25 €

Why Women Like to buy Textiles that Feel Nice / Annotation

Les couleurs de la couverture du livre correspondent aux couleurs d’un rideau crée par l’artiste pour l’installation « Why Women Like to buy Textiles that Feel Nice » à la galerie EIGEN+ART à Berlin, en 2011.
Ce livre publié à l’occasion de l’exposition regroupe des textes en référence à cette oeuvre sous forme d’annotations, avec un index de noms et de sujets. Inspiré par la littérature expérimentale, l’histoire développe, en 7 chapitres, une narration au delà de toute logique linéaire. L’artiste tisse un réseau complexe de références depuis le déclin de l’industrie textile jusqu’aux recherches sociologiques, les désirs du consommateur et les études psychologiques sur la perception tactile du tissu.

2011
Berlin
25 x 20 cm
agrafé

20 €

The world according to Olaf Nicolai

Second numéro du magazine d’artistes publiés par THE OFFICE.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO propose à un artiste de travailler d’une manière peu familière en utilisant toutes les sources qu’il souhaite excepté son propre travail. En 64 pages, l’artiste crée un projet sur papier en collectant des textes, des images, en invitant d’autres artistes, des amis, des membres de sa famille ou autres, à contribuer à son projet.

Ce numéro fut publié à l’occasion de l’exposition à Vienne, « Warum Frauen gerne Stoffe kaufen, die sich gut anfühlen ».

2010
Berlin
21 x 29.7 cm
64 p.
Langues : anglais / allemand

15 €

Zabriskie Point

Following on from an obsession with the film Zabriskie Point, Nicolai has produced a body of photographic work inspired by the Antonioni movie. A collection of meditative and obscure photos are reproduced full page in this artist’s book, published on occasion of his exhibition opening and shot on location in the California Death Valley.

2010
Leipzig
30 x 21 cm
80 p.
Relié façon bloc
Edition de 500.

35 €

Innere Stimme

Innere Stimme’ is the title of a notation used by Olaf Nicolai as instruction for a sound performance. In the empty space of the Vleeshal in Middelburg, formerly the site of the city’s meat market until the end of the 19th century, the melody of the ‘Innere Stimme’ is performed throughout the entire duration of the exhibition by several singers simultaneously at each time. The possibility of variations and improvisations is left up to the singers. Exhibition curated by Lorenzo Benedetti.

 

2010
Rotterdam
24 x 34 cm
16 p.
Broché
Texte de Jean-Luc Nancy.

12 €

Rodakis

Rodakis is the portrait of a person, taking the form of an architectural documentary. The video the fruit of Olaf Nicolai’s long research on the history of a house that has haunted the history of Greek modernism and the ideologies about Greek popular tradition. It was built in Aegina in the late 19th century by Alekos Rodakis, a craftsman we have no other biographical information about.
The German archaeologist Adolf Furtwängler documented the house a few years later. In the late 1920s in Munich, Dimitris Pikionis discovered Furtwängler’s designs and he recognized in the house. K. Frieslander’s edition in 1934, a Julio Kaimi’s essay, the Austrian architect’s Adolf Loos reference to the house, all contributed to the creation of a strange architectural legend, which has shifted the imaginary object from the house itself to its successive readings, from Rodakis to Furtwängler, Frieslander and mainly Dimitris Pikionis. Rodakis, the craftsman, has been silenced throughout this story as we know nothing of his biography.
Olaf Nicolai tries to reconstitute a fictitious biography, in the sense of Marcel Schwob: contrary to the historical science ‘which reveals only those traits of the individuals that have been associated to general activities […] art describes and desires only the individual element’. In order to do so he employs a psychic that is a representative of a clearly irrational discourse. Therefore he contrasts the architectural meta-language – which in its effort to systematize has precisely forgotten the individual as a source of material and has created a metaphysics of classification – to the metaphysical language of a psychic who re-introduces the individual to create a new system; no less reliable, no more arbitrary but equally fascinating. This book is in the format of a 8 page foldout poster.

2008
Leipzig
15.1 x 21 cm
1 p.

12 €

Ballack

73 portraits du célèbre footballeur allemand Michael Ballack. Les collages proviennent de photographies publiées dans des quotidiens entre Mai 2005 et Mai 2006.

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2006
Paris
14 x 22,5 cm
150 p.
Dos carré collé
Edition de 250 exemplaires numérotés.


35 €