Research: Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson is a Danish-Icelandic artist. He founded his studio in Berlin, German. Let’s see the work, not the word.

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Olafur Eliasson, born 1967 in Copenhagen, studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In 1995 he established Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin, a laboratory for spatial research. Here he works with a team of architects, art historians, and material and light specialists to develop and produce artworks such as installations, photo series, and sculptures.

Eliasson represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 and later that year installed The weather project in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, London. Recent exhibition venues include Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, and The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Take your time: Olafur Eliasson, a large survey organised by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2007, travelled to The Museum of Modern Art and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Dallas Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Eliasson has made numerous projects in public space, such as the intervention Green river, 1998, carried out in various cities between 1998 and 2001. With the Norwegian architect Kjetil Thorsen he designed the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2007, a temporary pavilion situated in Kensington Gardens, London. Commissioned by the Public Art Fund, Eliasson’s The New York City Waterfalls were installed on Manhattan and Brooklyn shorelines in 2008. His exhibition Innen Stadt Außen (Inner City Out), 2010, anchored in the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, also included various interventions in the city.

As professor at the Berlin University of the Arts, Olafur Eliasson founded the Institut für Raumexperimente (Institute for Spatial Experiments) in 2009.

The Starbrick is Eliasson’s first unlimited edition.

New York Waterfall 2008

Your split second house

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Take your time

BMW Art car( H2R project)

He is a scientists and artists. He played a lot with space and light, just as what he said in TED. By viewing his art pieces, I can say that he is a successful artist. I believe there’s a powerful funding system that supports his work. He collaborated with a lot of big companies and cities, and that’s not some “poor” artists can achieve. He designed a lamp called “Starbrick”, and it’s the first unlimited pieces that he made, it cost 2400 euros to buy one, and I believe because of the name “Olafur Eliasson”, many people will buy it. That’s why he is successful.
He used a lot of structures and geometric shapes. I love some of his art pieces, like take your time, your split second home, etc. But I don’t like the New York waterfalls. I think that destroyed the view of Brooklyn bridge. And it didn’t fit with the environment. Some people write a song about that and upload to Youtube. But all kinds of art is about personal preferences, maybe you have a different view from myself. New York waterfall’s concept was easy, the difficult part is to do that because it’s in the New York City’s famous bridge. Few artists have that power and money to build that.


NorP#3-La jetee(1965)

We saw La Jetee in 4D class. It was an introduction about our next project, but I got some critiques on this movie.

It’s a experimental movie, and I have to say it’s difficult for me to understand. The concept of this film is too futuristic. Director want to recall viewer’s memory by using different pictures. So the viewer will connect different pictures by their own imagination. It’s really a good idea. In addition the whole story was a pioneer in scientific and futuristic movies. But using stop motion pictures to create a 26 minutes movie is not an easy thing, not only for production but also for the viewer. Honestly, I really want to sleep when I saw this movie. I’m not a film major student, and I’m only interested in “normal” film like these showing in the cinema. I remember the most “artistic” film I’ve seen was The Dreamers, and I think that’s the minimum standard of my aesthetics of the film. But for the film major students, this is an incredible film. The timeline and the structure of the film was perfect.

This film reminds me a news I just read serval days ago. It’s about a “Chinese version of IMDB” websites called I also had an account on it for years. You can set up what have you listened/read/watched and what do you want to listen/read/watched, and you can also set up groups you want, any type of groups. It’s like IMDB+facebook except you don’t need to use your real name. So the story was a man made up and added a movie to called “Kafka, or even get into the castle into a beetle” in 2010. It’s totally a fake movie and doesn’t exist.

But the funny thing is, until 2011 there were 235 people viewed this film and about 20 movie reviews.The average rate of this film was 8.9, greater than Titanic, Avatar, and other great movie in the history. In these 20 movie reviews people wrote about how they appreciated the story, the scene, and recommend people to watch the prelude of this film.

I think most of you knows what I’m talking about. Normally these movies are hard to understand or you don’t even understand it at all, and honestly there’s just a few people will like these films a lot, and continue to watch these films. And most of them are film students, they study films and inspired from these films.

I have to say I don’t have any feelings about La Jetee. And I’m more appreciated with Star Wars in the area of science fiction movies.

NorP#2-Social Network(2010)

A movie about the founding of Facebook and the battle between founders. I guess everybody have seen that.

Let’s just skip what happens in the movie, it’s just another story of a billionaire and his company located in south bay area. A 26-year-old billionaire. The highlight of this movie, is the timeline.

Usually, director and writer will tell viewers story by the time passing by. But in this movie they didn’t. At the beginning it seems like normal story telling, but actually the whole story was based on three lawsuits of Mark Zuckerberg, which was very rare in a movie like that.

Most of the biography movies like to make the leading role seems like a superhero. But this one not. Whole movie was rational, no prejudice about anything, and Jesse Eisenberg(as Mark Zuckerberg) acts perfectly in this movie, and he nominated for best actor in Oscar 2011.

I’ve seen that movie twice, first time was at home, second time was on the plane back to San Francisco. The movie was so deep, I feel that when I saw it second time. It’s not

about how a 26-year-old Harvard student become a billionaire, it’s the analysis of his mind, his thought, and his loneliness. Like the poster of this movie said, you don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies. But he don’t have friends, just enemmies, more and more.

NorP#1 Media and Revolution

It’s interesting that technology changes our life accidentally. I haven’t realize and think about that after reading the articles about social media by New Yorker.

80 years ago, people were communicating each other using very simple ways, which seems not very efficient nowadays. But is the efficiency of the technology gives us convenience?  Not really.

I was frustrated with these spams in the Facebook. Some people like to share everything they do and post everything they saw on that, maybe thats the function of Facebook and other social network media(like twitter), but is that necessary? These reminds me the era of “post-facebook “.

Before facebook, twitter and other internet-based social network appears, I still get the information I want quickly and efficiently, I still encounter with my friends through cellphones, chat softwares, etc. Also the most important aspect, I don’t need to refresh any pages to see what’s going on with my friends. But now, it just become my second nature and I don’t know how to get rid of it.

So what did Facebook and twitter change?

First of all is the amount of information. These social-network sites connect each other as information sharer, more people in your facebook list or twitter list, the more information you get.

Secondly, it’s the speed. The flow of information become even faster than before. People just need a click and then these information were shown to all the people he know.

Google changed internet years ago, let’s just say that Google collected and connected all the sites and informations to the people, and social-network sites are changing internet right now. These companies connect people together, and change the way that people communicate.

As we can see, internet become more human-centered. That’s what some governments concerned about. Because the greatest power is not technology, it’s people, many people. Internet pulls people even closer. For example, People in Egypt used twitter to communicate, and sending information to all the world in a speed that we can’t imagine. That’s why Chinese government were so scared about Facebook and Twitter. These social media are unstoppable. I’m so interested to see what will happen next.