This week Olafur met with the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, to discuss his participatory AR project for kids, @EarthSpeakr. Photo credit: German Federal Government / Sandra Steins
Kids all over Europe are speaking up through Olafur’s AR app @EarthSpeakr. And adults and politicians everywhere are listening, including the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, with whom Olafur sat down for a conversation just this week. https://t.co/iyCptUHWEf
(Sound on!) ‘Interpretive flare display of unthought thoughts’, 2020 – a clip from the latest video by SHIMURAbros of Olafur’s work. Music by Mamoru.
Next week Olafur will participate in the @WomenLeadersGF, 9–11 November. Gender equality isn’t just a women’s issue – men need to be part of the solution. To join, register here: buff.ly/34KUIQl #Reykjavik20 #PowerTogether #WomenLeadersIceland
‘Your uncertain shadow (colour)’, 2010
‘It’s important to say what hope is not: it is not a belief that everything was, is, or will be fine. The evidence is all around us of tremendous suffering and tremendous destruction. The hope I’m interested in is about broad perspectives with specific possibilities, ones that invite or demand that we act. ... Hope locates itself in the premises that we don’t know what will happen and that in the spaciousness of uncertainty is room to act. When you recognize uncertainty, you recognize that you may be able to influence the outcomes – you alone or you in concert with a few dozen or several million others. Hope is an embrace of the unknown and the unknowable, an alternative to the certainty of both optimists and pessimists. Optimists think it will all be fine without our involvement; pessimists take the opposite position; both excuse themselves from acting.’ – Rebecca Solnit, ‘Hope in the Dark’, 2004/2016