#culturalfracking #fossilfutures #technoheritage #nefertitihack
edit. Berlin, 2021
Jan Nikolai Nelles is a multidisciplinary media artist based in Berlin, Germany. His work pursues approaches in the traditions of institutional critique and decolonial practices. His art counteracts dominant narratives and the condition of cultural fracking by a majority society. Generating challenges for cultural institutions, including public museums, through civil disobedience and creating techno heritage. His practice reflects on technology's potential to contribute to collective imaginaries; Futures conflate ancient and futuristic narratives to articulate vectors of collective growth, healing, and restitution. Overall, his practice attends to the absurdity of the human condition.
He has received grants for his work from the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Goethe-Institut, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, German Federal Foreign Office, European Cultural Foundation, and the Berlin Senate. He has exhibited in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Applied Arts Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia, the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, ZKM Karlsruhe, Dublin’s Science Gallery, NRW Forum, Space Fundacion Telefonica, Berliner Herbstsalon – Gorki Theater, Ars Electronica, Abandon Normal Devices, The Influencers, and Gray Area Festival Art & Technology, among others.
His work was featured at The New York Times, BBC, The Times, Artnet, Wired, Le Monde Afrique, Financial Times, Arte TV, The Independent, New Statesmen, Hyperallergic, Smithsonian, Al Ahram, Egypt Today, Vice, Hürriyet, Dezeen, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Spiegel Online, Heise, The Boston Globe, Dezeen, Archdaily, Polska, La informacion, De Volkskrant, Gizmodo, New Scientist, Popular Science and The Verge amongst others.
Some of his works were produced in collaboration with Nora Al-Badri.
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