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Nils Völker is a media artist based in Berlin whose creative path led from communication design to the use of physical computing. His artistic practice embraces electronics and programming, combined with a fascination for everyday objects and carefully selected fragile materials.

Völker realizes large-scale sculptures and site-specific kinetic installations to investigate mechanical rhythm - such as wavelike animation - in prepared systems and to create a conflict between natural and unnatural phenomena. Incorporating sound and simple components such as plastic bags, computer cooling fans, and lights, his minimalistic artworks carry poetic and emotional depth, constantly changing the setting of the exhibition space.

Since 2010 the artist has been working on a series of “choreographed breathing” installations - mostly consisting of a matrix of cushions of different sizes and materials which inflate and deflate in controlled rhythms - as a development of his highly acknowledged and widely exhibited piece One Hundred and Eight.

The largest of these, made from 252 silver cushions for the exhibition Captured (2012) in collaboration with Sven Völker, was followed by further site specific commissions for the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts in Taipei, Gewerbemuseum Wintertur, MUDAC Lausanne, Kunstmuseum Celle, and the OÖ Kulturquartier, Linz. Recent works include Nineteen (2015), the artist’s largest installation to date, consisting of 19 enormous golden cushions of mylar foil hanging from the ceiling, in the temporary art pavilion M0Bi in Groningen (The Netherlands); and Fountains (2012), his first public interactive artwork which has remained as part of the permanent collection of Xixi Wetland Park in Hangzhou, China.

Text from the catalogue accompanying the exhibition
"Bits and Pieces" at Nome Gallery, Berlin


Short CV
born 1979, living and working in Berlin (Germany)
1999 – 2004: Studies of Visual Communication at the Bauhaus University, Weimar
since 2010 working as an artist mainly in the fields of physical computing and media art

Awards/Nominations
– Nomination, Prix Cube 2014
– 1st prize, 7th Share Prize 2013
– Honorary Mention, Vida Award 15.0, 2013

Collections
– Kunstmuseum Celle mit Sammlung Robert Simon, Celle (Germany)
– Fourth West Lake International Sculpture Exhibition, Hangzhou (China)


Solo Exhibitions
upcoming
2017  "2010 2017", Kulturmühle Perwenitz, Schönwalde Glien (Germany)

2016  "Bits and Pieces", Nome Gallery, Berlin (Germany)

2015  "Nineteen", M0Bi, Groningen (The Netherlands)
2015  16 × 12 at various locations, Singapore (Singapore)

2013  "Thirty Three", Eglise Saint-Sauveur, Caen (France)

Group Exhibitions
upcoming
2017  "Play!", Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto (USA)

2017  Festival Art Rock, Saint-Brieuc (France)
2017  "Vies d'Ordures", Mucem, Marseille (France)
2017  "Signal", Kunstmuseum Celle, Celle (Germany)
2017  Pyeong Chang Biennale, Gangneung (South Korea)

2016  Energy Academy Europe, Groningen (The Netherlands)
2016  Kikk Festival, Namur (Belgium)
2016  "Extra Fantômes", Gaîté Lyrique, Paris (France)
2016  Mirage Festival, Lyon (France)
2016  "The Way Things Go" Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei (Taiwan)

2015  Tollwood Festival, Munich (Germany)
2015  "Die Kraft der Idee", Kunstmuseum Celle, Celle (Germany)
2015  Maintenant Festival, Rennes (France)
2015  "Motion Science", 21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo (Japan)

2014  Prix Cube 2014, Espace Saint-Sauveur, Issy-les-Moulineaux (France)
2014  "Höhenrausch", OÖ Kulturquartier, Linz (Austria)

2013   "Scheinwerfer", Kunstmuseum Celle, Celle (Germany)
2013  Share Festival, Academy of Fine Arts, Torino (Italy)
2013  "Coup de sac!", Mudac, Lausanne (Switzerland)

2012  "Fourth West Lake Sculpture Exhibition", Hangzhou (China)
2012  "Go with the Flø", Flø (Norway)
2012  "Oh, Plastiksack", Gewerbemuseum, Winterthur (Switzerland)
2012  "Transjourney", Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei (Taiwan)

2011  Rewire Festival, The Hague (The Netherlands)
2011  "Lost in Lace", Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham (UK)
2011  "Rhythm", Art Lab Gnesta, Gnesta (Sweden)
2011  ISEA 2011, Cumhuriyet Art Gallery, Istanbul (Turkey)
2011  "Captured - A Homage to Light and Air", MADE, Berlin (Germany)
2011  B-Seite Festival, Mannheim (Germany)