‘Big Bang Fountain’, 2014, installed at Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, 2017 (photo: Sébastien Roy). Now on view as part of Olafur’s solo exhibition ‘In real life’ @MuseoGuggenheim in Bilbao.
A mushroom releasing spores into the atmosphere – those millions, even billions, of expelled spores produce tiny droplets of water through condensation, and those tiny droplets build up into proper rain clouds, according to scientists. Video credit: Villareal C Jojo https://t.co/tEQ3NbDPCv
Opening today! ‘Sometimes an underground movement is an illuminated bridge’, 2020, installed @mfahouston, funded by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund
It’s time to listen to the future! In a few minutes, at 13:30 CET, we’re hosting an Instagram Live event on our channel, with Olafur & youth climate activist Selma Montgomery. Here’s a peek at what they’ve been talking about. Video: TOMORROW Watch live: instagram.com/studioolafurel… https://t.co/RTOcMWBpRW
Olafur Eliasson and Andri Snær Magnason in conversation about making time tangible, timelessness versus embodied temporality, and the question ‘who is the keeper of time?’
Magnason is author of the book ‘On Time and Water’ (2019), as well as the poetic eulogy ‘A Letter to the Future’ (2019), engraved on a plaque at the site of the dead Okjökull glacier in Iceland.
Earth Speakr is coming to the @FuturiumD in Berlin! When museums and cultural institutions in Germany are able to reopen, a presentation of @EarthSpeakr will be open to the public in the Futurium foyer, where Speakr messages from the world over can be viewed and listened to.
‘If the children are in fact going to be the future, are going to live into the future, unlike some of us, then we’d better allow them to also be co-producers of the future. And for that to happen, we have to actually listen to what they have to say.’ – Olafur @EarthSpeakr https://t.co/MNRX99atd6
Join the conversation with Olafur this week during 'It's Time – A Festival of Climate Action'. There's plenty of programming to choose from today and tomorrow, and for every registration they'll plant a tree! itstime.earth
Starting right now, a livestream of Kathryn Yusoff's Harvard lecture 'Geo-Logics: Natural Resources as Necropolitics' (running ~90 minutes). She is Professor of Inhuman Geography in the School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London. Watch here: youtube.com/user/TheHarvar…
‘Solar wind sail (blue)’, 2018 (photo: Jens Ziehe)
‘Blue versus yellow’, 2004 (photo: Carl Henrik Tillbergs)
‘The experience of colour, closely related to the experience of light, is also a matter of cultivation. As much as perception is linked with memory and recognition, our relation to colour derives from our cultural habitat.' – Olafur, ‘457 Words on Colour’ instagram.com/p/CHhnk1cBiiO/
A cellular landscape – the most detailed model of a human cell to date, obtained using x-ray, nuclear magnetic resonance, and cryoelectron microscopy datasets. Credit: Evan Ingersoll & Gael McGill – Digizyme’s Molecular Maya custom software
‘I think if we think of ourselves as being inhabited by organisms – or once free-living organisms [that are] now completely tethered organisms – that have their own needs, for food, for stimulation, for all sorts of sensory proclivities that I just mentioned, that we can find a continuity between living consciousness, awareness, and sensitivity, at a microscopic level and at a macroscopic level. I think that throughout biological history, fusion of different organismal types has been much underestimated as an evolutionary phenomenon, and we see this in social organization of people. We see a beehive or an ant hill as a phenomenon made of individuals but far beyond individuals and their capacity. E.O. Wilson describes Amazonian ants that stretch across many many trees and make structures with their bodies, that any of the ants by themselves could never survive, but as these massive communities, essentially cities of ants succeed in feeding and reproducing in ways that are unthinkable for the individuals. I think that that’s fundamentally the idea.’ – Lynn Margulis, Sputnik Observatory interview
How can this notion of a single organism having evolved from microscopic social organisation prompt us to reassess our fundamental assumptions about the individual? Where does the individual end and the community begin? And how can this questioning of the individual reshape not only how we see ourselves, but also how we see our place in our communities, in the more-than-human sphere, and as political agents? A beautifully detailed image of a single cell, comprised of countless, interdependent, thriving parts, seems like a good place to start.