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MADA Art Forum: Olaf Nicolai

Wednesday 4 September 2019, 1–2pm
Lecture Theatre G1.04
Building G 
Monash Art Design & Architecture
Monash University, Caulfield Campus

Visiting Australia for Bookworks, the Berlin-based artist Olaf Nicolai gave a talk for MADA’s Art Forum series on his practice.

Olaf Nicolai is considered to be one of Germany’s leading artists. Taking on a range of conceptual themes—from political and cultural critiques to inquiries into human perception—a recurring subject in his work is the aesthetic appropriation of nature by human culture and design, explored through mixed-media sculptures and images.

Nicolai is also recognised for his use of publishing as a method to translate, contextualise and examine his practice. Four Times Through The Labyrinth, a book published by Spector Books in 2012, serves as both a reference system to Nicolai’s work and an independent source book dealing with labyrinthian matter, from the fable of the minotaur to the floor plan of IKEA. During Bookworks, readings from the book were performed by artist Archie Barry and philosopher Bryan Cooke.

Olaf Nicolai participated in Bookworks, a survey of contemporary artist book publishing guest curated by Warren Taylor at Monash University Museum of Art, 24 July – 21 September 2019.

Image: Olaf Nicolai, Diary, 2006. Photo: Uwe Walter