The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf. "Alexander von Humboldt has been largely forgotten in the English-speaking world. He was one of the last polymaths, and died at a time when scientific disciplines were hardening into tightly fenced and more specialised fields. Consequently his more holistic approach - a scientific method that included art, history, poetry and politics alongside hard data - has fallen out of favour. This connection between knowledge, art and poetry, between science and emotions - the deeply-seated bond as Humboldt called it - is more important than ever.” “It was this approach that allowed him to find connections everywhere in nature. Nothing - not even the tiniest organism, was looked at on its own. When nature is viewed as a web, its vulnerability also becomes obvious. Everything hangs together. After he saw the devastating environmental effects of colonial plantations at Lake Valencia in Venezuela in 1800, Humboldt became the first scientist to talk about harmful human-induced climate change.” “As scientists are trying to understand and predict the global consequences of climate change, Humboldt’s interdisciplinary approach to science and nature is more relevant than ever"

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The Invention of Nature - fascinating book about Humboldt's life and ecological thinking by @andrea_wulf "This connection between knowledge, art and poetry, between science and emotions, the deeply-seated bond as he called it, is more important than ever.”
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WASSERfarben opens tonight at Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich

Very excited to announce Little Sun’s new collaboration with IKEA. Together they want to inspire and explore new ways of harnessing the power of the sun through intelligent and creative design. They will be working on creating a series of sustainable off-grid tools, not only for energy, but also water and communication. Learn more here: www.littlesun.com

Fjordenhus - first building by Olafur and his architectural team includes site specific art works, furniture and lighting.
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Glacial currents, 2018, Watercolour, glacial ice, Indian ink, and pencil on paper - part of WASSERfarben, opens tomorrow at Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich

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Glacial currents.
Watercolour, glacial ice, Indian ink, pencil, on paper. Exhibition on Olafur's works on paper opens tomorrow @Pinakotheken in Munich
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Fjordenhus - the first building designed entirely by Olafur Eliasson and the architectural team at Studio Olafur Eliasson, will open on 9 June in Vejle, Denmark. The completion of Fjordenhus marks the shift of Studio Olafur Eliasson’s major architectural activities to a new international office for art and architecture, Studio Other Spaces (SOS), founded by Eliasson and his long-time collaborator, architect Sebastian Behmann. As an architectural counterpart to Studio Olafur Eliasson, Studio Other Spaces will be the vehicle for Eliasson and Behmann to carry out large-scale interdisciplinary and experimental architectural projects of a scope similar to Fjordenhus, in addition to works for public space

Walking out through the parabolic hinged door to the windy porch that feels like the inside of a pizza oven – but cold. The bricks are colorful and inviting to the touch. The water beckons but with breeziness not vertigo. Vertigo happens when I look up. The whole building feels like it is tipping into me. My feet are stable but I’m leaning back to counter the fall. As clouds fly above the bright blue sky, the whole building feels like it is flying and tipping. I can’t find stability, but I hang there, suspended in a continual falling in. The bricks jutting out a bit, contribute to the sense that the building is coming apart a little. How does this happen? My sense of balance is more than my inner ear. The building reels, and I can’t handle it. But I can look at the wall and the sensation of movement stops. Only when I look up. This is cultural: my entire sensorium is attuned to the habits of buildings rising straight up, or on a simple incline. This one tips me as I try to align to it. But it is not aligned in the way that I’m used to. My sense of balance turns out to be polyvalent and some of those valences are at odds with other ones. My viscera hang down orienting me to gravity, my feet agree, so far. But the visual sensation of tipping building tips me. My feet are now weighted to ankles, my viscera are off. Using the words of my dance collaborator Nita Little, my attention oscillates between these facets of balance. All of these facets are cultural, trained, they can be retrained. But right now my attentional bricolage wavers, my balance wavers. Reflections on Fjordenhus by Joe Dumit, professor in anthropology at UC Davis

Connecting cross country with a line, 2013, on Doug Aitken’s Station to Station across the U.S. Next week in Munich as part of WASSERfarben, an exhibition about Olafur’s works on paper at Pinakothek der Moderne #drawingmachine

The unspeakable openness of things, Red Brick Museum, Beijing, 2018. A film by SHIMURAbros, music by afewnotes

#waterfalls #fakenature
A series of fifty chromogenic prints of waterfalls, taken in Iceland. A number of the photographs were desaturated and then tinted to create a colour scale. #anthropocene
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This summer chef Victoria Eliasdóttir and her brother Olafur Eliasson open SOE KITCHEN 101 as a temporary culinary space in Reykjavik


We all know a lot.
How does knowledge feel?
And how do you feel that you know?
How do you feel what you know?
How do your feelings feel?
Your felt feeling!

Consult your feeling of being disconnected and being connected,
Being indifferent or committed.
Does feeling connected make you more empathic?
Does empathy make your surroundings more tangible?
Are your feelings embodied knowledge?
Does your body drive action?
What space makes you want to act?
Does your felt knowledge make space for others?
Your felt space!

There is a difference between wanting to act and acting.
One is thinking, the other is doing.
Do you recognise the feeling of wanting to act but not acting?
Hold this feeling.
Then consult your own experience of empathic action.
Now pause.
How does the discrepancy between the desire to act and the experience of action feel?
Bring the pause to an end.

On June 6th the first exhibition about Olafur's work on paper - Wasser Farben - opens at Pinakotek der Moderne in Munich.

"At a time when the future of Europe seems more uncertain than ever, artists and thinkers from all over the world come together in Amsterdam to exchange ideas about Europe and its future." Act for Democracy @CultForum - May 31- June 3 Amsterdam @DeBalie
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