Jan Nikolai Nelles
Jan Nikolai Nelles is a multidisciplinary post-media artist based in Berlin, Germany. He studied visual communication and is a graduate of the Offenbach University of Art and Design. His work pursues approaches in the tradition of institutional critique and decolonial practices. His art counteracts a dominant narrative and the inherent condition of cultural fracking of a white majority society and challenges cultural institutions like the public museum by civil disobedience.
His artistic practice reflects on technology's potential as a speculative material to contribute to a collective imagination. Approaches like Techno Heritage and Fossil Futures conflate the ancient and the futuristic to articulate a vector of collective growth, healing, and transcendences in the now. Overall, his artistic practice reflects on the absurdity of the human condition.
His works got granted by several institutions like Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Goethe-Institut, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (IfA), German Federal Foreign Office and European Cultural Foundation (ECF), Senate of Berlin City.
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.
He has exhibited in the Viktoria and Albert Museums' Applied Arts Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia, 3rd Design Biennal Istanbul, ZKM Karlsruhe, Science Gallery, Dublin, NRW Forum, Space Fundacion Telefonica, Berliner Herbstsalon - Gorki Theater, Ars Electronica, Abandon Normal Devices, The Influencers, Gray Area Festival Art& Technology etc.
From 2009 to 2019, he shared collective authorship with Nora Al-Badri for several of their artworks.
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