90 mins
November 2010

Olafur Eliasson

A portrait of the Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, best known in Britain for his 2003 installation The Weather Project at Tate Modern. The film, directed by Jan-Schmidt-Garre, introduces Eliasson’s work and aesthetic theories as it documents one of his largest exhibitions, ‘Notion Motion’, at the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam.

Since the early 1990s Olafur Eliasson, who was born in 1967 and grew up in Copenhagen, has built up an amazing range of work using rainbows, sunsets, waterfalls, scent walls, mist, shafts of light and periscopes. His art explores the relationships between natural phenomena and technology, and it always makes the viewer aware of the ways in which they are seeing and experiencing the art.

“I’m trying to demystify and dematerialise the work more and more,” the artist explains, “to the extent that the experience really becomes the crucial thing. So, the machinery that I make is in a way nothing: it is just a machine.”

In addition to the 30-minute film, the DVD also includes an wide-ranging hour-long interview with the artist conducted by Adrian Searle, art critic of the Guardian.

The series Art Lives, from Arthaus Musik, is a series of arresting documentaries about artists and art movements released for the first time on DVD in the English language.


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