Olafur Eliasson / Reality Machines

I have been a fan of Olafur Eliasson's work for some time now, every time I see amazing play of light, I think of the facade of Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall. The  exhibition  Olafur  Eliasson:  Verklighetsmaskiner/Reality  machines  spans  his  entire career  so  far,  from  the  early  1990s  to  today.  Perception  is  central  to  the  art  of  Olafur Eliasson.  The  works  draw  our  attention  not  only  to  what  we  see,  but  to  how  we  see,  or, in  the  artist’s  own  words:  “seeing  yourself  seeing”.   

Your body of work, colour filter foil / Moderna Museet, Stockholm 2015 / Photo: Anders Sune Berg © Olafur Eliasson

Your body of work, colour filter foil / Moderna Museet, Stockholm 2015 / Photo: Anders Sune Berg © Olafur Eliasson

Your body of work, colour filter foil / Moderna Museet, Stockholm 2015 / Photo: Anders Sune Berg © Olafur Eliasson

Your body of work, colour filter foil / Moderna Museet, Stockholm 2015 / Photo: Anders Sune Berg © Olafur Eliasson

Your body of work, colour filter foil / Moderna Museet, Stockholm 2015 / Photo: Anders Sune Berg © Olafur Eliasson

Your body of work, colour filter foil / Moderna Museet, Stockholm 2015 / Photo: Anders Sune Berg © Olafur Eliasson

In  some  cases  viewers  move  through  the  work,  as  in  Seu  corpo  da  obra  (Your body  of  work)  (2011).  In  this  installation,  monochromatic  colour  filters  create  semi-­ transparent  walls  that  float  in  the  room.  A  labyrinthine  architecture  of  coloured  space  is created.  Through  the  viewer’s  movements  in  the  room,  the  filter’s  three  colours  – magenta,  yellow,  and  cyan  –  can  be  seen  overlapping  in  a  variety  of  configurations  as various  hues  emerge  in  the  viewer’s  vision.  

Your body of work, colour filter foil / Moderna Museet, Stockholm 2015 / Photo: Anders Sune Berg © Olafur Eliasson

Your body of work, colour filter foil / Moderna Museet, Stockholm 2015 / Photo: Anders Sune Berg © Olafur Eliasson

 
Your body of work, colour filter foil / Moderna Museet, Stockholm 2015 / Photo: Anders Sune Berg © Olafur Eliasson

Your body of work, colour filter foil / Moderna Museet, Stockholm 2015 / Photo: Anders Sune Berg © Olafur Eliasson

 
“I  strongly  believe  that  it  isn’t  necessary  to  polarise  the  fields  of  art  and  architecture. Rather,  it’s  about  trying  to  transgress  the  traditional  boundaries  to  create  a  space  of inclusion  and  hospitality,  where  differences  of  opinion  are  not  only  tolerated  but encouraged.  When  you  enter  my  exhibition,  you  do  not  step  out  of  the  city  of  Stockholm and  into  the  protected  world  of  art,  but  continue  the  processes  of  negotiation  and  co-­ production  that  characterise  our  shared  reality.”  
— Olafur  Eliasson
Beauty (1993)  where  the  perception  of  the  work  is  entirely  dependent  on  viewer’s  position  in the  room.  

Beauty (1993)  where  the  perception  of  the  work  is  entirely  dependent  on  viewer’s  position  in the  room.  

Beauty (1993) 

Beauty (1993) 

Big Bang Fountain, 2014, water, pump, nozzle, stainless steel, wood, foam, plastic, strobe light, control unit, dye / Moderna Museet, Stockholm 2015 / Photo: Anders Sune Berg ©Olafur Eliasson

Big Bang Fountain, 2014, water, pump, nozzle, stainless steel, wood, foam, plastic, strobe light, control unit, dye / Moderna Museet, Stockholm 2015 / Photo: Anders Sune Berg ©Olafur Eliasson

I only see things when they move, 2004 / Wood, colour-effect filter glass, stainless steel, aluminium, paint, HMI lamp, tripod, glass cylinder, motors, control unit / Moderna Museet, Stockholm 2015 / Photo: Anders Sune Berg

I only see things when they move, 2004 / Wood, colour-effect filter glass, stainless steel, aluminium, paint, HMI lamp, tripod, glass cylinder, motors, control unit / Moderna Museet, Stockholm 2015 / Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Olafur Eliasson / Reality Machines / London Design Journal
“Olafur  Eliasson  shifts  our  focus  from  the  art  object  itself  to  the  actual  experience  of seeing.  His  installations  are  optical  instruments  that  make  us  see  the  world  around  us  in different  ways.  The  works  become  machines  that  produce  new  realities,”
— Matilda Olof-­Ors,  exhibition  curator.
Olafur Eliasson / Reality Machines / London Design Journal
Olafur Eliasson / Reality Machines / London Design Journal
Olafur Eliasson / Reality Machines / London Design Journal

Olafur  Eliasson:  Verklighetsmaskiner/Reality  machines  comprises  19  works  and installations,  including  a  new  piece  created  especially  for  this  exhibition:  Less  ego  wall (2015).  

Olafur Eliasson / Reality Machines / London Design Journal

Model  room  (2003),  a  landscape  of  three-­ dimensional  geometric  objects,  some  of  which  were  further  developed  and  later  realised in  architectonic  installations  and  pavilions.  

Olafur Eliasson / Reality Machines / London Design Journal
 
Olafur Eliasson / Reality Machines / London Design Journal
 
Olafur Eliasson / Reality Machines / London Design Journal
 
Olafur Eliasson / Reality Machines / London Design Journal