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Kosta 3:30
Nicolai & Olsson & Roth:
Mikael Olsson & Carsten Nicolai & Andreas Roth

The row houses from 1955 on the real estate of Kosta 3:30 are the only row houses constructed by Bruno Mathsson, making them unique. They were originally built for the foremen of Kosta Glassworks, but today the houses are abandoned and decayed. Mikael Olsson and Andreas Roth have made a film based on these houses. The collaboration omitted from a mutual desire to describe on film the work of Bruno Mathsson. During the year of production at Kosta, different aspects of the houses appeared. The filmmaking was concentrated to the original visual qualities, for example the relationship between separate volumes, how light meets the architecture. It’s a film which in an objective, yet visual way, describes the architecture in detail, but not for the sake of it in close-up. The houses are never shown entirely, but parts are presented as they were experienced – one by one.

Carsten Nicolai who made the soundtrack says: ‘the film is accompanied by 10 colour-plates, colours which reflect the idea of the house. For me this rang-ordering system resembles pure sinus tones – like the colour spectrum of light, which appear out of these pure tones facilitated by a feedback system.’

Aspect ratio 1,78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format 16mm super
Duration 00:19:46
Color Color
Year 2006
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About the artists

Carsten Nicolai

Born in 1965 in Karl-Marx-Stadt, Germany. Lives and works in Berlin and Chemnitz, Germany.

Carsten Nicolai is a German artist and musician based in Berlin. He is part of an artist generation who works intensively in the transitional area between music, art and science. In his work he seeks to overcome the separation of the sensory perceptions of man by making scientific phenomenons like sound and light frequencies perceivable for both eyes and ears. Influenced by scientific reference systems, Nicolai often engages mathematic patterns such as grids and codes, as well as error, random and self-organizing structures. His installations have a minimalistic aesthetic that by its elegance and consistency is highly intriguing. After his participation in important international exhibitions like documenta X and the 49th and 50th Venice Biennale, Nicolai’s works were shown worldwide in extensive solo and group exhibitions.

His artistic œuvre echoes in his work as a musician. For his musical outputs he uses the pseudonym Alva Noto. With a strong adherence to reductionism he leads his sound experiments into the field of electronic music creating his own code of signs, acoustics and visual symbols. Together with Olaf Bender and Frank Bretschneider he is co-founder of the label ‘raster-noton. archiv für ton und nichtton’. Diverse musical projects include remarkable collaborations with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Ryoji Ikeda (cyclo.), Blixa Bargeld or Mika Vainio. Nicolai toured extensively as Alva Noto through Europe, Asia, South America and the US. Among others, he performed at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou in Paris and Tate Modern in London. Most recently Nicolai scored the music for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s newest film, ‘The Revenant’ which has been nominated for a Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Critics Choice Award.

Mikael Olsson

Mikael Olsson

Born in 1969. Lives and works in Stockholm.

Mikael Olsson has studied at the University of Photography and Film, Gothenburg University, Brooks University of Photography, Santa Barbara, CA and Architecture Theory and History at Chalmers University, Gothenburg. He has exhibited in Sweden and abroad. Previous solo exhibitions include Södrakull Frösakull at House of Sweden, Washington DC, Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery, Columbia University, New York; Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm and Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg. Mikael Olsson’s film KOSTA 3:30 (in collaboration with Andreas Roth) has been screened at DOKU.ARTS, Akademie der Kuenste, Berlin and Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

Andreas Roth

Andreas Roth

Born in 1965, lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Andreas Roth is an artist, project coordinator and curator. He’s currently working as coordinator for the culture department in Gothenburg. Since his graduation at Konsthögskolan Valand, Göteborgs Universitet Andreas Roth has been organizing a number of partnership with designers, musicians and actors. He was a key figure in the exhibition Moderna Fabler at Uddevalla Konsthall and Millesgården together with Ola Åstrand.