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The inspiration for Carsten Nicolai’s work crt mgn go es back to an event in 2007\, in honour of Nam June Paik shortly after his death\, at the Watari-Um Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. At that time\, t he Watari family and Ryuichi Sakamoto invited artists to a collaborative pe rformance commemorating Paik. In this context\, during a short solo-perform ance\, Nicolai experimented with the idea of a distorted TV image\, which P aik used in his work Magnet TV\, 1965. The work was re-performed in Paris at Fondation Cartier in 2012.

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For the exhibition at Galerie E IGEN + ART Nicolai modifies this performance  as an installation called crt mgn.

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Four neon tubes are mounted parallel to one another an d aligned horizontally at the head wall of the gallery. Their light is reco rded by a video camera and transmitted on a TV screen. The televison image is distorted by a magnet attached to a pendulum\, which hangs on a aluminiu m support and moves unregularly above the television screen.

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Additi onally the swinging magnet induces electricity in an electric coil. The cor responding fluctuations of the magnetic field produce modulations within th e electric circuit that are transformed into acoustic signals audible durin g the exhibition.

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The magnet field of the televison is influenced i n a way that causes the image to shift and distort colours and shape. Some of the images have been documented and will be presented on duratrans in li ght boxes. They are the beginning of a potentially endless picture archive of form and colour with the title crt mgn pict.

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The exhibiti on's title is corresponding to the cathode ray tube (crt) and the influenci ng magnet (mgn)\, the basis of this installation.

DTEND:20130517 DTSTAMP:20140823T113908 DTSTART:20130411 GEO:52.5270315;13.3972275 LOCATION:Galerie EIGEN + ART (Berlin)\,Auguststrasse 26 D - 10117\nBerlin\ , SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:crt mgn\, Carsten Nicolai UID:269343 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130411T210000 DTSTAMP:20140823T113908 DTSTART:20130411T170000 GEO:52.5270315;13.3972275 LOCATION:Galerie EIGEN + ART (Berlin)\,Auguststrasse 26 D - 10117\nBerlin\ , SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:crt mgn\, Carsten Nicolai UID:269477 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR