Artist, Former Professor at Universität der Künste Berlin
At Falling Walls 2010, globally acclaimed artist Olafur Eliasson presented his vision of art as an agent for changing the space around us. Eliasson is unique in his ability to challenge the conventions of space, time, and society by melding emotions with the mechanics of perception. Named “a model for a future art” by the New York Times, Eliasson’s work includes artificial waterfalls built along the shorelines of Manhattan and Brooklyn; rivers dyed green in Los Angeles, Stockholm, and Tokyo; a sunset staged in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern; and much more. Eliasson’s Berlin studio is a creative factory, where over seventy professionals from diverse backgrounds work daily in various artistic media, on architectural projects, publications, and social and digital media. As a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts, Eliasson set up the Institute for Spatial Experiments in his Studio in Berlin, an experiment in alternative arts education. Eliasson is co-founder of Little Sun GmbH, a social entrepreneurship to distribute his Little Sun solar lamp in off-grid regions around the world.
Olafur Eliasson will host the opening session of Falling Walls 2013, where he will launch an unprecedented collaboration.