Carsten Nicolai lights it up at Art Basel Hong Kong

Updated on April 25 2014

It’s that time of year again where we’re prepared to be blown away by the astounding artworks presented at Art Basel, Hong Kong (15 – 18 May 2014). The annual art show serves as the world’s premier art platform for modern and contemporary works, and reflects the unique characteristics of Hong Kong through the galleries and artworks presented.

From emerging talents to the modern masters of both Asia and the West, Art Basel in Hong Kong traces 12 decades of art history across its six sectors: Galleries, Insights, Discoveries, Encounters, Magazines and Film.

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An accompanying mobile phone application designed by Carsten Nicolai will allow audiences to participate in the light installation.

For a little sneak peak of what’s to come, be prepared to engage in Carsten Nicolai’s audio-visual instillation — a (alpha) pulse. The internationally renowned artist presents an experiential set-up that explores the effects light impulses might have on the mood, relaxation, attention, and creativity of viewers. The generated light patterns will pulsate in a synchronised frequency across the entire facade of Hong Kong’s iconic 490 metre high International Commerce Centre every night from 15 to 17 May 2014.

To add another layer to the installation, download the a(alpha) pulse phone app designed by Nicolai to enjoy the audio accompaniment for the installation. For the best view of the instillation, we recommended visiting Tamar Park, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park and the terrace on Podium 3 and 4 of IFC mall.


Art Basel, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong,


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