Contact - a film by Claire Denis
Love sphere, 2018. ‘I like the idea of using art and culture to generate awareness and support for people to get healthy. There are amazing stories of what happens through access to life-saving anti-retroviral medication, but the fight is only at the halfway point. This is a dangerous time because people think AIDS isn't a threat anymore. We have to keep the pressure on and get new generations involved at home if we’re going to put an end to AIDS once and for all’, says artist Theaster Gates, who, together with Sir David Adjaye, has collaborated with musician and activist Bono to curate the third (RED) Auction to support the fight against AIDS. Centred on the theme of light and the colour red, the collection of contemporary art and design will be auctioned by Sotheby’s during Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami on the evening of 5 December 2018 – including global bidding that will be available live online and by phone. The auction will be preceded by a public exhibition presented by Gagosian at the famed Moore Building, which will open 1 December. Olafur has donated his work ‘Love sphere’ to be auctioned at the event. To date, (RED) has generated more than $500 million for the Global Fund to support lifesaving HIV/AIDS programs in Africa. Proceeds from this year’s auction will continue to support community-based programs in Africa through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, while also providing assistance to the HIV fight through community-strengthening programmes in Chicago with the Rebuild Foundation – an organisation championed by Theaster Gates. Lear more here: red.org
Olafur on Glacier - a new book by Ragnar Axelsson: "There is a strange human longing for untouched nature. This is neither new nor exceptional, it’s a mode of reflecting on oneself in relation to ‘the other’, to ‘the big beyond’, a longing out of which ideals and utopias are constructed. Ragnar Axelsson, however, eschews utopias, taking another route. He has a calm, analytical gaze. The extraordinary photographs presented in this volume bring that which is otherwise invisible to our eyes and minds, into the realm of the visible. Axelsson’s almost scientific approach – which also embraces the immaterial and the atmospheric – brings these Icelandic landscapes to our attention, makes them felt. Axelsson is clearly comfortable with the abstract and with the patterns that physical landscapes create. He embraces the commingling of abstraction and beauty head-on, yet his pictures are always present, accessible, there for you. They are open, ready to meet up. The artist stays in the background, a facilitator of encounters between the landscape and your own way of seeing. Nature becomes landscape the moment it touches a person: you, the viewer. You – never an eye only, but a vibrant composite of ongoing perceptual and cerebral activities interlinking, framing, and shaping each other. You look, supported by your body – a biological entity – and by your cultural framework, your worldview, your everyday with its little challenges, big challenges, and moments of hesitation and of joy. In your encounter with the landscape it is changed and it changes you."
Premiering on 25 November at Staatsoper, Berlin: Hippolyte et Aricie, by French, baroque composer Jean-Phillipe Rameau - for which Olafur created sets, costumes and overall lighting concept
The new Little Sun Black Diamond - a special edition available from 1 November until Christmas. For every lamp sold as part of this campaign, two solar lamps will go to people in an area without reliable access to energy
Dubbed ‘The Big Book of Everything’ by the studio during its multi-year development, Experience – published by Phaidon earlier this week – distills almost three decades of Olafur’s experiments into 440 pages. The monograph gives a chronological overview of his installations, large-scale sculpture, architectural projects, and interventions in urban space while also featuring smaller, more delicate artworks, including paintings and drawings, photographs, and glass works.
When our governments fail to protect our planet, it’s time to take action ourselves, to become aware of local initiatives and ways to get involved. In light of this past weekend’s election of Jair Bolsonaro as the new president of Brazil, we want to take some time to consider its imminent impact on the global climate crisis and options for moving forward. Brazil was an early leader of international climate protection initiatives back in the 1990s. With a population of over 200 million today, it is vital that Brazil stay committed to curbing carbon emissions and deforestation. Brazil is also home to 60% of the Amazon rainforest, known as the lungs of the earth. Bolsonaro has been vocal about his admiration for US president Trump’s decision to leave the Paris climate accord, as well as about abolishing Brazil’s environment ministry and opening up protected rainforest areas to industry. Indigenous communities in Brazil are also under grave threat from this seismic political shift. When governments fail we can put our resources into organisations advocating for environmental protections in Brazil, by contributing our time, money, and/or voices. For a map of local organisations working to make Brazil carbon neutral and save its rainforest, visit: 350.org Another important resource is Amazon Watch - an NGO founded in 1996 to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. They partner with indigenous and environmental organisations in campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability, and the preservation of the Amazon's ecological systems. Amazon Watch’s work is focused on three main priorities: to stop Amazon destruction, to advance indigenous solutions, and to support climate justice. Visit amazonwatch.org - there are many ways in which you could get involved!