Future Past Perfect pt. 3 | Carsten Nicolai | 2009 | 03:43 minutes
synopsis: conceived as the third part of the series under the name future past perfect, the short film introduces a narrative story that was inspired by a fascination for automation processes as well as his work on codes and grids that materialized in his record alva noto . unitxt in 2008. the series itself started in 2006 and is designed as a row of conceptually independent movies that document nicolai’s focus of interest of the respective year of origin and also builds up on the results of the movie(s) before. A a quiet autumn night in tokyo. a man stops his car at a shop front with a number of vending machines to get a last drink of tea on his way home. he inserts a coin, but instead of the usual procedure, the machine starts performing its own peculiar performance…
bio: CARSTEN NICOLAI (aka noto, alva noto) Born in 1965 in Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany, lives and works in Chemnitz and Berlin. In 1984 education as gardener. 1985–90 studies in Lanscape Design in Dresden. In 1992 co-founder of VOXXX – Kultur- und Kommunikationszentrum in Chemnitz. In 1994 launch of noton.archiv für ton und nichtton that merged with raster music to label raster-noton in 1999. Known best as visual artist creating paintings, objects and installations shown in major international museum spaces like Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt/Main, Neue Nationalgalerie in Belin, Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich, SMAK in Ghent, as well as in major group exhibitions like documenta and Venice Biennial. Also published a number of highly regarded records under the pseudonyms noto and alva noto (a.o. with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Ryoji Ikeda and Mika Vainio). Numerous live-performances in national and international concert halls, museums and club spaces. Received many prizes and stipends, o.a. Villa Massimo, Rome, Zurich Prize, Basel (both 2007), Villa Aurora, Los Angeles (2003), Golden Nica, Ars Electronica, Linz (2000/2001), F6-Philip Morris Graphik Preis, Dresden (1990).