<unicolor> is composed of 24 modules experimenting with special color perception. One module percepts RGB color filters which move one after another at high speed. Through this, the process from low speed to high speed is visualized and causes optical effects of gray surface on perception field of the audience.
Before series work of <unicolor>(2014) visualization, Carsten Nicolai showed <universe /uniscope>version(2010) and <unidisplay>(2012). <unidisplay> expands vision like space through the mirror installed with two walls of mirror on both sides, and explores semiotics and laws of perception, and <unicolor> submitted for the festival explores psychology of color perception. This work was inspired by researches, theories, and texts of scientists such as Hermann von Helmholtz, Werner Heisenberg, Wilhelm Ostwald, and Erhard Bendin, a visual artists and professor of chromatics as well as chromatics of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The work in which modules making various visual effects work positively intervenes in perception of the audience.
Carsten Nicolai utilizes mathematical patterns such as grid and code, error, randomness, self-organizing structure by being inspired by scientific ideas. He participated in Documenta 10, the 49th Biennale of Venice, and the 50th Biennale of Venice, and held private exhibitions in Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt museum of art, and Neues Museum Berlin. In addition, he has continued experiments of making his own original symbols and audiovisual symbolic systems under an assumed name of ‘Noto’.