Olafur Eliasson Preview
Interview with Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, while visiting Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the opening of his biggest monographic exhibition to date in Latin America. This dialogue covers some of his thoughts on phenomenology, art and architecture.
About the interviewee
Olafur Eliasson [1967-] is a Danish-Icelandic artist graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In 1995, he has founded Studio Olafur Eliasson –a laboratory for spatial research- in Berlin, known for the realization of large scale installations, made with materials like light, water, air temperature, etc. and which produce peculiar sensations on the visitors. Studio Olafur Eliasson counts currently more than 40 collaborators: architects, engineers, historians, artisans, etc. Among his works stand out The Weather Project  in Turbine Hall of Tate Modern in London –as part of Unilever Series-, the Green River –intervention in rivers of different cities in the world-, Your second split house , Your Rainbow Panorama or the Waterfalls in New York. Olafur Eliasson teaches at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and has founded the Institut for Spatial Experiments in 2009, which operates in the same building as his studio. In 2010, he has been invited by Kazuyo Sejima to participate to the 12th Venice Architecture Biennial. For a couple of years, Eliasson has been implementing his interest for Architecture in different projects, like the façade of the new Concert Hall in Reykjavik – Harpa, 2011- and the new headquarters for Kirk Capital –in progress-.
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