Carsten Nicolai   auguststr. 26 - 10117 berlin
Rota Germany  
Rotating cylinder with engraved and perforated stainless steel surface, light, sound 260x168x168cm
Rota is supposed to unite scientific research and artistic production. The installation could be considered an experimental construction dealing with the effects of audiovisual stimulation on human perception. Rota consists of a cylinder with a height of 260cm and a diameter of 168cm whose surface is carved and perforated with a specially designed structure of contracted and warped honeycombs. A bright cold light shines from inside through the perforated holes, which by the rotation of the cylinder causes a stroboscopic visual effect. Depending on the rotation speed changing frequencies of flickering light impulses occur, which are also transformed into sound that can be heard as impulse rhythm. According to scientific research the impulses may have a direct effect on the brain waves of the spectator causing a neural feedback.