Top 20 Quotes of Olafur Eliasson:
✬ Over the years, in making art, I have constantly explored issues dealing with space, time, light, and society. I am particularly interested in how the light of a space determines how we see that space and similarly, in how light and color are actually phenomena within us, within our own eyes.
✬ Having an experience is taking part in the world. Taking part in the world is really about sharing responsibility.
✬ I always try to make work that activates the viewer to be a co-producer of our shared reality.
✬ My goal is to formulate a new color theory based on the full spectrum of visible light.
✬ Light has an evident, functional and aesthetic impact on our lives.
✬ The viewer brings something individual to the experience of any artwork.
✬ I want to expose and evaluate the fact that the seeing and sensing process is a system that should not be taken for granted as natural - it's a cultivated means of reality production that, as a system, can be negotiated and changed.
✬ Artists are valuable to public discussion: They show the correlation between doing and thinking.
✬ In many rural areas of the world, local communities use kerosene for indoor lighting, which leads to asthma, poor quality of light, and the desperate cycle of oil-based products that continually degrade the environment.
✬ I am not opposed to the art market. I have lots of friends who are collectors. But the whole idea of the art market is complex. Sadly we have a situation where auction houses and secondary market dealers are creating a lot of confusion and unnecessary pollution.
✬ I don't know a single collector or museum director who says: 'Oh, he's on a list, so I think I'll buy something of his.' The people who buy my art put a little more thought into it than that.
✬ It would be wrong to say that the city of Berlin is not regulated. What I think is more interesting is to what extent a city creates a sort of safe haven for its users, so that people feel confident that the city works on their behalf.
✬ In the past Berlin was much more radical and extreme and now it's becoming much more of a conventional European city.
✬ I myself have already spent a third of my life in Germany, first in Cologne and then, since 1994, in Berlin.
✬ Your rainbow panorama enters into a dialogue with the existing architecture and reinforces what is assured beforehand, that is to say the view of the city. I have created a space which virtually erases the boundaries between inside and outside – where people become a little uncertain as to whether they have stepped into a work or into a part of the museum. This uncertainty is important to me, as it encourages people to think and sense beyond the limits within which they are accustomed to moving.
✬ For the sake of sanity, the brain and the eyes keep things simple. But take away the sense of sight and suddenly things are not so simple.
✬ Ive walked a lot in the mountains in Iceland. And as you come to a new valley, as you come to a new landscape, you have a certain view. If you stand still, the landscape doesnt necessarily tell you how big it is. It doesnt really tell you what youre looking at. The moment you start to move the mountain starts to move.
✬ I see the artist as a participant, a co-producer of reality. I do not see the artist as a person who sits at a distance and evaluates.
✬ Photographs have a relevance for things that cannot be said.
✬ I was interested in how we engage the world. How do we use our skin as our eyes? If you read a cityscape or a landscape with just your mind, and not your body, it becomes like a picture or representation, not something you really engage with.
🖎 Author: Olafur Eliasson
♛ Career: Artist
📅 Life: b. February 5, 1967
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