Nik Nowak‘s Panzer is a sound system made from the metal frame of a garbage container that works on the principle of hydraulics. It is made in the manner of Jamaican sound systems but places itself in contemporary sound research that problematizes sound as a means of manipulation and control of crowds in contemporary society. The project is thus a crossroad of contemporary theoretical research in the field of sound, sound art, popular culture and scientific research in the field of military technologies.
Panzer works as mobile sound system which through the form of intervention in public spaces reflects 70’s Jamaican musical culture that is highly present in modern club culture and in electronic dance music. Panzer is an excellent example of coexistence of different concepts in contemporary sound art and in popular culture. Work was premiered at Todays Art festival and later on CTM in Berlin. In Ljubljana, Panzer was part of a collective action at Metelkova in support of Radio Student.
Nik Nowak is a German artist, musician and curator. His interdisciplinary artistic projects are often concerned with the effect of sound, as well as the role of sound systems as cultural transmitters or acoustic weapons. Sound objects such as Mobile Booster, Panzer or Echodrohnen have earned him recognition worlwide. Alongside his exhibition activity, he has pursued the phenomena of mobile sound systems for years, also from a scientific point of view, and he regularly gives talks on the subject.
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