Nik Nowak is a German artist, musician, and curator interested in sonic affect. His research examines the role that soundsystems occupy as cultural transmitters and acoustic weapons.
Born in Mainz and based in Berlin, Nowak's sound objects combine the aesthetic qualities of sculpture with functional objects, and explore urban or military phenomena at play in everyday life.
With an undergraduate degree from the University of the Arts (UdK), Berlin, Nowak also studied under German conceptual artist Lothar Baumgarten, and is the recipient of several scholarships, including one for a sculpture course under Xiang Jing at Normal University in Shanghai, China. Among Nowak's notable recent projects is Panzer (tank), a sound system and armoured vehicle which was exhibited at CTM Festival in 2012. Other recent works include a diverse range of Mobile Boosters (portable, flexible sound systems developed in response to the increasing anonymity of life in virtual space) and Echo, a sound installation with an anechoic chamber in which so-called "echo drones" interact with visitors, recording their speech and playing it back in different ways. In 2014, he was awarded the GASAG Art Prize in cooperation with Berlinische Galerie, a prize honouring an artistic position at the interface of art, science, and technology.
Nowak has collaborated with attorney Philip Brandt on DELETHE, a piece that addresses posthumous data-rights, as well as with artist Gabriel Rossell Santillan on ENCARNITA PROPIA, a dubplate released on Flipping the Coin Records. He has exhibited at Berlin’s Cruise & Callas gallery, Moscow’s Regina Gallery, and Hamburg’s WTC Gallery, among others. As a curator, he worked on the international exhibition BOOSTER Kunst Sound Maschine at the Marta Museum.
For CTM 2019, Nowak will premiere new sound tank The Mantis, replete with music from Kode9 & Infinite Livez, and visual projections from Moritz Stumm.