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"Olafur Eliason: The Mediated Motion"
2001-03-31 until 2001-05-13
Olafur Eliasson, born 1967 in Copenhagen, belongs to that younger generation
of artists who in the nineties explored and expanded the boundaries
between art, science and nature and the perception thereof.
His show at the Kunsthaus Bregenz, done in collaboration
with the Zurich landscape architect GuntherVogt, fills all four floors
of the building. The artist transforms Peter Zumthors rigorously
orthogonal architecture of concrete and glass on different levels
by means of smell, fog, water, plants and soil in a parcours
of experience and of awareness of this experience (Eliasson).
His spatial installations incorporate the staircases and lead the
visitor in a spiral passage on wooden footbridges through the
house up to a hanging bridge on the top floor.
For years, Eliasson has transferred natural phenomena such
as water, light, wind, temperature and movement into the art context
using simple technical aids, always clearly pointing out the technology involved to the viewer. He showed an artificial rainbow in a
Cologne gallery, had water run through the streets of Johannesburg,
suspended a ventilator on a rope from the ceiling in Basel, and
created an artificial expanse of ice in and outside of the exhibition
space in Sao Paulo.
Eliasson always includes the visitors to the exhibition, their
senses, reflection, memory and their interpretations in his work.
By means of their presence, the visitors change the installations,
influence the sequence of occurrences and become aware of
their perception and of themselves as perceiving. This relationship
is evident also in the repeated your in the exhibition titles the
artist chooses: Your windless arrangement, Your sun machine,
Your strange certainty still kept or Your compound view.
The public receives an offer, a gift, and carries a responsibility in
accepting and using it. Eliasson describes this relationship
as follows: The audience is the piece, because everything else
is in flux.
For the duration of the exhibition, the KUB-billboards
along the Seestrasse will be designed after photographs
by Olafur Eliasson.