STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING and Watch Olafur Eliasson at TED 2009

Okay, I know that you have five minutes to take your brain and expand it further than it is wide right this instant.

Stop what you’re doing.
Get comfortable so you can learn.
Press play on this video below.

It’s of Olafur Eliasson at Ted 2009 – he’s talking about using space, color, and light.  You need this right now.

Olafur Eliasson Request That You Take Your Time

Sometimes things make you say “wow, that is really cool.”  There are other times when something is so amazing that there are no words.

If you have never heard of Olafur Eliasson, I am so glad to say that today I am able to give you a spectacular gift.  Olafur is one of the greatest and most influential thinkers (and artists!) of our time, friends.  On December 10, 2009, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia opened an installation of Olafur Eliasson pieces in a collection called Take Your Time.  The installation is open until April 11, 2010.

Make sure that you visit Olafur Eliasson’s personal website.  You’re missing out on life if you don’t.

From the MCA Sydney website on the exhibit:

Take Your Time: Olafur Eliasson is the first full-scale survey of projects by this contemporary Icelandic artist to have been presented in Australia. The exhibition gathers works from major public and private collections worldwide and spans Eliasson’s diverse range of artistic production from 1993 to the present, including installations, large-scale immersive environments, freestanding sculpture, and photography.

Take Your Time: Olafur Eliasson has been organised by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and curated by Madeleine Grynsztejn, Pritzker Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (and SFMOMA’s former Elise S. Haas Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture) in close collaboration with the artist. The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive catalogue which thoroughly explores Eliasson’s practice and its critical context.

I wish I had the bread to go to Sydney this week.

Check out some images, all courtesy of the MCA Sydney website:

360 Degree Room for All Colors, 2002

Notion Motion, 2005

Beauty, 1993

One-Way Color Tunnel, 2007

Inverted Berlin Sphere, 2005

Sunset Kaleidoscope, 2005

Olafur Eliasson’s Starbrick Light

Olafur Eliasson has created the Starbrick Light – it’s an experiment with light modulation and space.  The unit can be added to other units to create a larger light or “sculpture” of sorts, creating light on many angles and directions.  To be honest, Olafur has a lot of really mind-blowing illumination and space projects, and it is hard for me to not write about all of them all at once.  I’m going to just post images of Starbrick now, please expect new ones in the future.

Olafur speaks on Starbrick:

In my studio, we initially focused on the spatial challenges involved in the shaping of a complex geometric brick. this led to the development of the star-shaped modules, based on a stackable principle, which produce three types of space: the solid structure of the module itself, the negative space at its core in the shape of a ‘cubeoctahedron’, and the polyhedric spheres that appear between the modules when stacked. I have attempted to develop a module that, while functioning as an object in itself, can also be assembled to form multiple basic architectural elements such as walls, whether freestanding or integrated into an overall structure, suspended ceilings, columns of all shapes, sizes and volumes – theoretically, you could build an entire luminous house out of ‘starbricks’!  the expandable principle is a generous one that makes it possible for people to buy a lamp system that can be related to its surroundings. depending on the context, you can change and rebuild the system; whether in a small study or a concert hall, the module can be used as an architectural building unit, merging light and volume. by further developing the current prototype with zumtobel, I hope to be able tooffer this light module for everyday use and living. it poses questions that are central to both contemporary art and society: how does light define space?  what politics of light infuse our immediate surroundings?

Check out these images, and please visit Olafur’s website – his projects are stunning.







Thanks, Designboom!