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Olafur Eliasson
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I don't think you need to be so result-oriented when you're trying to define the success of an art work. I think we can allow some unpredictability. Olafur Eliasson
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I want to expose and evaluate the fact that the seeing and sensing process is a system that should not be taken for granted as natural - it's a cultivated means of reality production that, as a system, can be negotiated and changed. Olafur Eliasson
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In the past Berlin was much more radical and extreme and now it's becoming much more of a conventional European city. Olafur Eliasson
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Every city is always changing, on its own trajectory. Olafur Eliasson
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Having an experience is taking part in the world. Taking part in the world is really about sharing responsibility. Olafur Eliasson
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Photographs have a relevance for things that cannot be said. Olafur Eliasson
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Your rainbow panorama enters into a dialogue with the existing architecture and reinforces what is assured beforehand, that is to say the view of the city. I have created a space which virtually erases the boundaries between inside and outside - where people become a little uncertain as to whether they have stepped into a work or into a part of the museum. This uncertainty is important to me, as it encourages people to think and sense beyond the limits within which they are accustomed to moving. Olafur Eliasson
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I see the artist as a participant, a co-producer of reality. Olafur Eliasson
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My goal is to formulate a new color theory based on the full spectrum of visible light. Olafur Eliasson
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I've walked a lot in the mountains in Iceland. And as you come to a new valley, as you come to a new landscape, you have a certain view. If you stand still, the landscape doesn't necessarily tell you how big it is. It doesn't really tell you what you're looking at. The moment you start to move the mountain starts to move. Olafur Eliasson
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I was in Beijing a month ago working on the smoke project in collaboration with an architect there, and I was asked very directly whether it was safe to breathe in the smoke. They did not have confidence in the museum not to use harmful smoke, and they certainly didn't have confidence that the city would protect them from harmful smoke. Olafur Eliasson
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It would be wrong to say that the city of Berlin is not regulated. What I think is more interesting is to what extent a city creates a sort of safe haven for its users, so that people feel confident that the city works on their behalf. Olafur Eliasson
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I was interested in how we engage the world. How do we use our skin as our eyes? If you read a cityscape or a landscape with just your mind, and not your body, it becomes like a picture or representation, not something you really engage with. Olafur Eliasson
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I don't know a single collector or museum director who says: 'Oh, he's on a list, so I think I'll buy something of his.' The people who buy my art put a little more thought into it than that. Olafur Eliasson
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By bringing Little Sun to Tate Modern and the London Olympics, I hope to realise an art project for those who typically have no access to global events of this scale. Olafur Eliasson
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I see the artist as a participant, a co-producer of reality. I do not see the artist as a person who sits at a distance and evaluates. Olafur Eliasson
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Artists are valuable to public discussion: They show the correlation between doing and thinking. Olafur Eliasson
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If I have the choice of traveling to Russia, India or New Zealand alone for a week for preliminary discussions or to spend that week with my family, I routinely choose my family. Olafur Eliasson
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It's hardly even noticeable that so many artists, designers and architects live here. It isn't reflected in the cityscape or in the museums. Many of the artists, for example, exhibit around the world, just not in Berlin. Olafur Eliasson
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I think an artist has the potential to investigate both form and content within one activity, to show that there can be coherence between form and values in our society, as in thinking about a city and building one. Olafur Eliasson
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For the sake of sanity, the brain and the eyes keep things simple. But take away the sense of sight and suddenly things are not so simple. Olafur Eliasson
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I myself have already spent a third of my life in Germany, first in Cologne and then, since 1994, in Berlin. Olafur Eliasson
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I am not opposed to the art market. I have lots of friends who are collectors. But the whole idea of the art market is complex. Sadly we have a situation where auction houses and secondary market dealers are creating a lot of confusion and unnecessary pollution. Olafur Eliasson
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When museums are left with so little money that their future is in the hands of private donors, then they are unable to develop their own signatures by collecting themselves. On the other hand, though, I think we should also celebrate the fact that there is a lot of art that lives outside of, or on the outskirts of, the art market - and it is doing quite well. Olafur Eliasson
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Ive walked a lot in the mountains in Iceland. And as you come to a new valley, as you come to a new landscape, you have a certain view. If you stand still, the landscape doesnt necessarily tell you how big it is. It doesnt really tell you what youre looking at. The moment you start to move the mountain starts to move. Olafur Eliasson
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I do not think making art alone makes it any better than making it with a team of people. Olafur Eliasson
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I can use the camera to make a place or landscape; the camera to a greater extent projects rather than takes in or reproduces. The camera, or, rather, the eye, produces the impression of the place: I as a photographer am not passively taking in; I am active as a subject generating the object. Olafur Eliasson
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In many rural areas of the world, local communities use kerosene for indoor lighting, which leads to asthma, poor quality of light, and the desperate cycle of oil-based products that continually degrade the environment. Olafur Eliasson
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I believe that access to electricity and light can radically improve people&8218; lives. Olafur Eliasson
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There are 1.3 billion people today who have no access to electricity. Many of them rely on kerosene lanterns for light, but kerosene is both expensive and hazardous to the health. Olafur Eliasson
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Over the years, in making art, I have constantly explored issues dealing with space, time, light, and society. I am particularly interested in how the light of a space determines how we see that space and similarly, in how light and color are actually phenomena within us, within our own eyes. Olafur Eliasson
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The viewer brings something individual to the experience of any artwork. Olafur Eliasson
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I always try to make work that activates the viewer to be a co-producer of our shared reality. Olafur Eliasson
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Light has an evident, functional and aesthetic impact on our lives. Olafur Eliasson
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