For me architecture is not just a space where people work or live… It’s more than that - form, texture and light can create an aesthetic to a space, that let you experience architecture in kind of poetic way.
Reading forms and trying to understand the idea and intention behind architectural design is one of my interests. Sometimes it’s about distilling the essence of a place into a photograph. It’s a way I see and experience architecture.
Tate Modern in London just shows a new exhibition of Olafur Eliason, called “In real life”. The body of work includes immerse installations, sculptures, photography and paintings.
The materials Eliason uses is a range of moss, fog, light and reflective metals. There are three particular interests of Eliason:
his concern about nature
his research into geometry
and an ongoing investigation how we perceive, feel about shape in the world around us.
With his art Eliasson hopes, that the viewer will become more aware of his senses, aware of people around us - to form a temporary community -, and an awareness to ourself that creates a new kind of responsibility.
It’s 9 years ago, since I experienced the art of Olafur Eliason in Berlin. His work left a deep impression on me. The way he awakes your senses to experience art is unique.
For example, when you walk through the installation room of the “The blind passenger” - you start to experience to use and trust your senses. You don’t see a lot, because of the changing light and fog around you. This is not just an experience about trusting your guts about orientation, it’s also the feeling of the fog on your skin and how fog can smell...
I do remember, that in Berlin the room for the installation was huge. Sometimes I felt lost, with all the fog around me and it was weird when a stranger stood 1 m in front of you coming out of the fog. Finding the exit was very difficult and so I needed to interact with people to get outside the room.
The exhibition in London shows also his installation “BEAUTY” from 1993. In a dark space Nozzles were attached, to a punctured hose spray of a curtain of fine mist from the ceiling. From certain perspectives, a rainbow can be seen in the falling water; it shifts in intensity or disappears as the viewer approaches or moves away. Old and young people experimented this installation in different ways. Some of them were touching the spray, walking through the falling water or kids had just fun running around.
A total different experience was his installation "THE MOSS WALL" from 1994. He shows Reindeer moss (Cladonia rangiferina), a lichen native to countries in the northern latitudes including Iceland, which is woven into a wire mesh and mounted on the wall of a gallery. As the lichen dries, it shrinks and fades; when the installation is watered, the moss expands, changes colours again, and fills the space with its fragrance. The viewers are invited to feel, touch and smell the moss...
When was the last time you were in nature, holding a leaf in your hand and smelled it. "Smells act on the brain like a drug,” says neurologist Dr Alan Hirsch, founder of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago. Smells stimulate nerves in the nose that send impulses to the brain. These impulses usually go to the brain’s limbic system which controls heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels and hormone balance. So certain smell can help you to make you well - isn't that fantastic?
Eliasons art is an immense experience and will help you reflect an focus more on your senses and makes you sensible for the environment around you.
The real life exhibition just started to show at Londons Tate Modern and will go till Jan. 5th. It is a bit pricey - but I can highly recommend this exhibition. It is worth every penny. I am sure I will see it again at the end of the year, when I am back in London.
Traveling all over the world, and capturing architecture and documenting life in urban spaces, used to be my life for the past years.
As an artist, and human being, I felt something has to change - I needed a little break from my usual focus to get inspired for new work and ideas.
The best way getting out of your daily routine and life is to change places where u don't have the feeling to get distracted. Since 4 weeks now I am staying in a small Bavarian town, surrounded by nature and waking up everyday with an incredible view on the lake Chiemsee.
Actually, this is not my place to get inspired for taking picture. I thought I might miss the big cities and the vibrant life. But it is not like that. I feel much more like a gift is giving to my life, cause I have started to look at nature in a total different way.
Waking up every morning with an incredible sunrise and seeing the nature in different seasons like sun, rain, fog started to inspire me a lot. It is incredible when u observe the nature and how fast a scenery can change by light and weather. It’s just amazing.
Within time I felt that I need to develop a new way of seeing and filling the frame of my camera.
I started to go with the flow and experimented a lot with my vision. Finally I developed 2 new projects. Both projects involve nature, but in a total different way of my usual visual style. It feels like I am starting a new photographic journey and this feels good. Sometimes, the desire to change is the engine of creation… So stay tuned for my upcoming work!