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
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
– Nomination, Prix Cube 2014
– 1st prize, 7th Share Prize 2013
– Honorary Mention, Vida Award 15.0, 2013
– Kunstmuseum Celle mit Sammlung Robert Simon, Celle (Germany)
– Fourth West Lake International Sculpture Exhibition, Hangzhou (China)