Archive for the ‘Solarium’ Category

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inspiring solarium: Olafur Eliasson’s The Weather Project

09/04/09

olafur eliasson's the weather project

one of the many inspirations (human, not divine! but just as good, if not better to ask giants with their shoulders to pop a wheelie, so says the bastard child of isaac newton and, well, someone with a penchant for bmx) for SOLARIUM.  experienced it myself on a spontaneous visit to the uk in 2003; yeah, i wear this “i was there”  pretty happily. below, info from the tate modern site on the weather project:

The subject of the weather has long shaped the content of everyday conversation. The eighteenth-century writer Samuel Johnson famously remarked ‘It is commonly observed, that when two Englishmen meet, their first talk is of the weather; they are in haste to tell each other, what each must already know, that it is hot or cold, bright or cloudy, windy or calm.’ In The Weather Project, the fourth in the annual Unilever Series of commissions for the Turbine Hall, Olafur Eliasson takes this ubiquitous subject as the basis for exploring ideas about experience, mediation and representation.

In this installation, The Weather Project, representations of the sun and sky dominate the expanse of the Turbine Hall. A fine mist permeates the space, as if creeping in from the environment outside. Throughout the day, the mist accumulates into faint, cloud-like formations, before dissipating across the space. A glance overhead, to see where the mist might escape, reveals that the ceiling of the Turbine Hall has disappeared, replaced by a reflection of the space below. At the far end of the hall is a giant semi-circular form made up of hundreds of mono-frequency lamps. The arc repeated in the mirror overhead produces a sphere of dazzling radiance linking the real space with the reflection. Generally used in street lighting, mono-frequency lamps emit light at such a narrow frequency that colours other than yellow and black are invisible, thus transforming the visual field around the sun into a vast duotone landscape.

The Unilever Series: Olafur Eliasson, The Weather Project is curated by Susan May, Curator, Tate Modern, assisted by Maeve Polkinhorn, Project Assistant. Tate Modern and Olafur Eliasson wish to thank the following for their part in realisation of this installation: Dr Ing. Switbert Greiner (engineer); Alluvial Leichtspiegel GmbH; Unusual Rigging Ltd; Stage Electrics and Lightwaves Ltd. The artist is represented by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York and neugerriemschneider, Berlin. Thanks also to the Royal Danish Embassy, London.

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evolving solarium.. with slides!

08/24/09
slides from the sunday market in colonial roma, mexico city

slides from the sunday market in colonial roma, mexico city

after too many hours in front of the screen, edwina and i threw our computers out of the metaphorical window to wander the sunday market. where we had posoles and mole enchiladas, stocked up on groceries (zucchini flowers, prickly pear, nopales, oaxaca cheese, hibiscus flowers and chamomile flowers for tea, 1 liter each of fresh-squeezed carrot juice, tangerine juice, and grapefruit juice — but i digress), and then wandered into the area where antiques and knick-knack- being-sold-as-antiques-and-may-very-well-be-antiques-one-day are sold. where we came upon fifteen boxes of someone else’s personal slides of people’s weddings, trips to acapulco, graduation days, birthdays, just becauses, and bargained for them all for 150 pesos.  i can’t stop looking through these slides.  a good day for us — perhaps an even better one for solarium.

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evolving solarium

08/22/09

ceiling of the gran hotel ciudad de mexico

ceiling of the gran hotel ciudad de mexico

dome of church in downtown mexico city

dome of church in downtown mexico city

walking through churches, temples, antiques markets, and the like, coming upon stained glass and more stained glass, old super 8 cameras and 16 mm, decontextualized slides and photos, thinking about the reams of film and microfiche collecting dust and being dumped by the digitalized the world over, considering rather than reclaiming plexi, we reclaim footage, found, used, abandoned, orphaned to piece together and solariumize before the birds claim it for their nests, or for belts or nooses accidental or otherwise (egads – how morbid!).

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thinking solarium

07/24/09


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