Olafur Eliasson: Symbiotic Seeing (Kunsthaus Zürich)

Donna J. Haraway, Caroline Jones, Josefine Klougart, Bruno Latour, Lynn Margulis, Timothy Morton

Kunsthaus Zürich & Snoeck Publishers, 2020


Following the spectacular exhibition of his work in London, Olafur Eliasson (*1967) will be present­ing at the beginning of 2020 an entirely new installation specifically developed for the Kunsthaus Zürich. It is precisely these large-sized works by the ­Danish-Icelandic artist that attract viewers as if by magic. Olafur Eliasson points out that his core interest is the experience of the ­physical ­encounter with the work itself. For years, he has been one of the most important contem­porary ­artists addressing early on the theme of sustain­ability and now appeals to a large number of ­viewers with his themes on ecological issues. The book and exhibition therefore revolve around our relationship with other species and life forms on Earth. Olafur Eliasson’s advocacy of a worldview of coexistence and collaboration becomes ever more apparent when he transforms the ­museum space into an immersive installation engag­ing our senses. We are reminded of scientific arrangements that explore physical natural phe­nomena such as light, water, movement and reflection, with­out remaining in the abstract or formal framework of purely scientific experiments. The immediate experiential space that the artist creates in generating an endur­ing resonating body on themes such as climate change, migration and the exploitation of our ­planet’s resources. Olafur Eliasson succeeds in translating these essential questions and social concerns into a formal language that not only ­appeals to the viewers’ intellect, but also touches and moves them emotionally.


ISBN: 9783864423024

192 pagina's, 100 kleur illustraties, 31 x 23,5 cm, paperback, Engels