Osmo Nadir is an interdisciplinary artist born in Podlasie, Poland, currently based in the Eastern Pyrenees, France. Nadir dismantles accepted constructs through deeply synthesised narratives that negotiate a diverse range of media. His artistic practice includes kinetic art, installation, visual art, design, music and performance. Born in 1985, Nadir belongs to the new generation of artists associated with the information revolution that begun in the 2000s. Through research oriented between cognitive science and evolutionary biology as well as radical synthesis he unlocks the complex dynamic of the processes that shape our reality.
“Through my works I oppose the anthropocentric humanism which attributes a special role to man in the cosmos, elevating him above the animal kingdom. This attitude is as popular as it is ignorant. I object to the concept of nations, which seeks to perpetuate divisions and slows down the formation of a global society capable of facing worldwide problems. I am an evangelist of evolution, a feminist, an advocate of diversity, unobstructed migration and information flow. I believe in chaos.“
Sound machines and instruments
During his studies at the Design Department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Nadir began to work on an audiovisual laboratory merging the worlds of sound, design and performance. The machine is equipped with a number of exceptional instruments (a Laser String, a tilt-sensitive Spindle and a Pendulum to name a few) for creating and modulating sound. The premiere show was held at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw. In 2015, the Third Programme of the Polish Radio awarded him with the prestigious “Talent” prize for his achievements in the field of audiovisual arts. Osmo Nadir uses his knowledge in the field of design along with his artistic background to define new creative realities.
Motion and kinetic installations
“Together with sound and precisely customised space, motion translates concepts and verbal messages into powerful multi-sensory experiences.”
Rhythm 1 is one of the most recent kinetic-sound installations by Osmo Nadir. The work confronts with two of the greatest illusions of human civilisation. The first one is an anthropocentric myth that elevates man above the kingdom of other living organisms. The other is the illusion of life as a linear narrative. We are extremely attached to closed narrative forms which contain a beginning, middle and end. However, this is not the case in real life. Death comes unexpectedly, finding us amidst chaos of unfinished issues and unrealised goals. Bringing life down to the form of a universal timeline equals human life with the life of a dog, a microbe or a robot.
Singularity, called “the first ambient record in history to have ever resounded on the Antipodes Islands”, is the debut full-length album by Osmo Nadir. The record, released in November 2015, was listed among Paris “Tartine de Contrebasse’s” Top 30 independent releases of 2015 (“The thing we should have talked about in 2015”) and keeps astounding audiences around the world. While Nadir continues to tour in support of Singularity LP, in the meantime he is finishing the work on new album which is to be released this autumn.
Read about how ambient music resounded on the Antipodes in the story From the end of the world.