Nile Koetting
All in One / Terra Mater
Press Release


Prospective Cyclones Swimsuit, 2018

Bathrobe with Emergency Whistles, 2018

Earth Calming Shampoo & Conditioner, 2018 and

Sea & Sky Cleanser, 2018

Installation View.

Cindy 2023 Towel, 2018

Nile Koetting

All in One / Terra Mater
July 5 - 26, 2018

Unit110 is pleased to present Nile Koetting: All in One / Terra Mater (2018). This is the first solo exhibition of the artist in the United States. All in One / Terra Mater is an ongoing installation piece exploring the intersection between human and nature, relocating them through the exhibition space, and evoking a new perspective, as well as a landscape of “being” in our global ecology.

Taking the form of a public shower room, the exhibition space has been furnished with a shower unit, swimsuit, shampoo bottle and body soap, towel, bath mat, and bathrobe with emergency whistles. Some of the objects have names printed on them, such as “Cindy” and “Emily,” which are taken from a list of future hurricane names from 2018 to 2023.

Atlantic tropical storms have been named by the National Hurricane Center since 1953 and are maintained and updated through a strict procedure by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization. Using this information as an access point, Koetting’s work explores an animistic worldview towards nature and the environment.

In an ongoing project, the artist is also developing a series of cosmetic products for the “extremely extended body” titled Terra Mater (2018) visible in the exhibition as Earth Calming Shampoo & Conditioner and Sea & Sky Cleanser. Terra Mater finds shared experiences between the local and global body, which are refreshed in the public shower room again and again.

Nile Koetting ( b. 1989, Japan) studied media, sound art and performance art at Tama Art University in Tokyo, Japan and at Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland. He works with a diverse range of media, including performance, text, sound, and installation. Derived from Koetting’s experience as a stage performer, his works constantly reflect ideas of theatrical structure. Koetting’s work has been presented at Mori Art Museum, Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Tokyo, Japan; ZKM, Karlsruhe; Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover; Between Bridges, Berlin, Germany; Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art, and Cooper Cole, Toronto, Canada. Koetting lives and works in Berlin, Germany