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Nicola Arthen
Artist
Alumni
Nicola Arthen
1990 in Germany
Artist, artist assistant, internet user, studio mate, conversation partner, garbage man,
room mate, graphic designer, archive manager, partner, entrepreneur, zzp,
bureaucrat, carpenter, cook, volunteer, writer, dancer, reader, teacher, son and
facebook user.

Supposingly objects and humans are part of each others evolutionary process, thus
their agencies blur. But if we still identify singular objects from our surrounding
environment, how shall we move among them? In his artistic practice Arthen is trying to understand how particularly industrial production – and the resulting environment it creates – relates to the human and his/her bodily and emotional movement. Isolating objects from their peripheral state and
turning them into main protagonists he questions them about their responsibility for
an experience. In his videos, installations and performances Arthen approximates the artificial
environments that surround us in a personal manner. By often using a "wrong"
material or a material left absent he produces a certain delay of a familiar form and
movement. Doing so, he aims to abstract them to a human level, where they offer an
intimate encounter and become accessible in their basic absurdity.
Somewhere beyond the screen, other hands move in factories, producing objects for
usage.

At Lockwood Nicola is conversating, involving people, cooking weekly, cleaning your
garden and staircase or repairing your bike, being a neighbour and create a
supportive network.

www.nicolaarthen.com