Nik Nowak in Conversation with Dr. Inke Arns
Discussion in connection with the Exhibition Schizo Sonics
KINDL – Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst
Oct 28, 2020
Berlin, Germany


With Schizo Sonics, Nik Nowak has realised a large-scale audio-visual installation comprising two powerful sound sculptures in the Kesselhaus at the KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, in which he engages with the phenomenon of sound as a weapon and medium of propaganda: Panzer and The Mantis confront each other in the 20-meter-high Kesselhaus and point to political proxy wars that have been—and continue to be—waged with sound in different contexts. The artist created a 43-minute audio piece that distils original recordings, theoretical reflections, and a physically palpable bassline into a complex composition specifically for Schizo Sonics.

A discussion will take place between Nik Nowak and Dr. Inke Arns, director of Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV) Dortmund, on 28 October 2020 in the Maschinenhaus M0 at the KINDL.

The conversation will take place in German.

All current hygiene regulations apply.
Free entry after reservation of a timed ticket.

On this evening, the exhibitions at the KINDL are open until 8 p.m. Please reserve a separate timed ticket for visiting the exhibition.

Inke Arns, PhD, director of HMKV in Dortmund, Germany ( She has worked internationally as an independent curator and theorist specializing in media art, net cultures, and Eastern Europe since 1993. After living in Paris (1982 – 1986) she studied Russian literature, Eastern European studies, political science, and art history in Berlin and Amsterdam (1988 – 1996) and in 2004 received her PhD from the Humboldt University in Berlin. She has curated many exhibitions at home and abroad and is the author of numerous articles on media art and net culture, and editor of exhibition catalogues. In the winter term 2020 / 2021 she is a guest professor at the Kunstakademie Münster.

Nik Nowak is an artist and musician and also deals with the phenomenon of mobile sound systems in his work as an academic and curator. His audio-visual performances have been featured at established festivals for art and electronic music around the world. His works have been presented at the Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg (2019), the Philharmonie de Paris (2017), the Berlinische Galerie (2016), as well as Hartware MedienKunstVerein Dortmund and Marta Herford (both 2015)., Instagram: @nowak.nik