Carsten Nicolai is influenced by scientific reference systems, he often engages mathematical and cybernetic patterns such as grids and codes as well as random and self-organising structures. He also released albums under the pseudonyms noto and alva noto, which he has presented in national and international concert halls, clubs and museums. His live performances combine minimal electronic sounds and real-time visualisations. Nicolai has collaborated with renowned composers and musicians including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Blixa Bargeld, Ryoji Ikeda, Michael Nyman, Mika Vainio and Olaf Bender + Frank Bretschneider (signal), as well as with diverse orchestras for modern music, such as Ensemble Modern, BCN 216 and zeitkratzer.

This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 11.