Video of the full lecture Rewind-Forward by Olaf Nicolai in the framework of the EDN Atelier Archives to come that took place in April 2016 at Tanzquartier Wien.
Olaf Nicolai questions the archive on its (own) capacity to produce, as a means of production. Via his work Szondi/Eden he shows, that documents and materials of an archive are not to be understood as static; rather as subjects they oscillate between their ascribed reference status and their potential to relocate themselves within communications, when their sources are understood as versatile.
Olaf Nicolai currently lives and works in Berlin and completed a PHD in comparative literature and linguistics at the Karl Marx University, Leipzig on the theme of The Vienna Group. Gesture Between Calculation and Expression (1992). He has exhibited in an international context since the early 1990s and in 1997 was invited to take part in documenta X. He develops diverse interdisciplinary projects which thematise the fundamental experiences of space, time and physicality. His latest works include, among others, Speculation About Two Unidentified Objects, Le pigment de la lumière and Escalier du Chant. In 2015 he was invited to contribute to the German Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia with his project GIRO. Since 2011 he is Professor of Sculpture and Fundamentals of Three-Dimensional Design at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich.