Olafur Eliasson

"Surroundings Surrounded"

01.04.-21.02.2000 10:00-18:00


Opening: March 31th, 2000 (7pm)
Curated by: Christa Steinle, Peter Weibel

 In his work he questions man’s idea of nature and the technical aids and devices we use in order to perceive and measure nature. In the course of history one can observe how different models of perception and of relating to space replaced and necessitated one another, parallel with social, ideological, technical and other changes. In all given physical structures there are relationships in the form of socialisation potentials.

 

For the individual, these models and relations can seem so natural that one can mistakenly assume that they are actual characteristics of our surroundings. These apparently wholly physical experiments with water and light, air and colour, often indirectly based on astrophysical and subatomic research and experiments, are therefore in reality also experiments with our models of perception and environment models and hence also with our social structures. Using his ‘devices for the perception of reality’ he creates, with the simplest means possible, the connection between reality, perception and the portrayal of reality. With cultural technologies he restructures natural processes (the waterfall rises instead of falling down). In this way nature becomes hypothetically a product of civilisation. The difference between natural environment and anthropomorphic system is not differentiated towards the inside but towards the outside. The surrounding is not folded inwards but surrounded from the outside. The surrounding becomes the system, surroundings are surrounded. The traditional difference between nature and culture and their limits are called into question.
In his first comprehensive personal show, which will extend beyond the exhibition space of the first floor and into the courtyard, the Neue Galerie Graz will present the substantial work of this young artist. Eliasson, who participated at the Biennial of Venice in 1999, will be bringing works specially designed for this Graz exhibition as well as earlier works.

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[Translate to English:] In allen bestehenden physikalischen Strukturen (und in unseren Kulturmodellen) bestehen Beziehungen in Form von Sozialisierungspotentialen.

 

Im Laufe der Geschichte konnte man beobachten, wie verschiedene Modelle der Wahrnehmung und des Raumbezuges (d.h. unseres Bezugs zur Umwelt) einander ersetzten. Dies verlief parallel zu sozialen, ideologischen, technischen und anderen Veränderungen.

 

Die Modelle und Beziehungen, die uns im Leben begleiten, werden immer von Werten einer bestimmten Zeit bestimmt. Wenn sich die Werte verändern, werden sich auch die Beziehungen verändern.

 

Dem Einzelnen erscheinen diese Modelle und Beziehungen so natürlich, daß er fälschlicherweise glaubt, daß es sich dabei tatsächlich um Merkmale unserer Umgebung handelt.

 

Anhand der Werteskala einer bestimmten Zeit strukturieren wir unsere Umgebung so, daß sie uns bedeutungsvoll und als eine verständliche Einheit erscheint.

 

"Surroundings surrounded" ist ein Buch, das die oben genannten Gedanken in Bezug auf die räumlichen Beziehungen, die physische Umgebung und andere zeitlich-räumliche Strukturen untersucht und vollzieht.

 

Das Buch wird Texte aus unterschiedlichen Bereichen der Wissenschaft und Kunst enthalten; es ist als enzyklopädische Collage von Ideen, die mit den obengenannten in Verbindung stehen, zu verstehen.

[Translate to English:] Einzelausstellungen:

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[Translate to English:] 2000
Surroundings Surrounded, Neue Galerie Graz, Graz, A
The Curious Garden, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, IRE
1999
Your Position Surrounded and Your Surroundings Positioned, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, GB
Stichting De Appel, Amsterdam, NL (zusammen mit Job Koelewijn)
Your Double Day Diary, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, D
Yet Untitled, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, D (Kat.)
Your Circumspection Disclosed, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, I
Riflessi di una certa importanza, Emi Fontana, Mailand, I
beauty, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, USA
1998
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, D
Yet Untitled, neugerriemschneider, Berlin, D
Tell Me about a Miraculous Invention, Århus Kunstmuseum, DK
Aquarium, Galerie Enja Wonnenberger, Kiel, D
Bonakdar Jancou Gallery, New York, USA
Kjarvalstadir Museum Iceland, IS
Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zürich, CH
1997
Stalke Out of Space, Kopenhagen, DK
Your sunmachine, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, USA
The Curious Garden, Kunsthalle Basel, CH (Kat.)
1996
Kunstmuseum Malmö, S
Your Foresight Endured, Galleria Emi Fontana, Mailand, I
Your Strange Certainty Still Kept, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, USA
Tell me about a miraculous invention, Galleri Andreas Brändström, Stockholm, S
1995
Eine Beschreibung einer Reflexion, oder aber eine angenehme Übung zu deren Eigenschaften, neugerriemschneider, Berlin, D
Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, D
Thoka, Hamburger Kunstverein, Hamburg, D
Tommy Lund Galerie, Odense, DK
1994
Stalke Out of Space, Kopenhagen, DK
Einige erinnern sich, daß sie auf dem Weg waren diese Nacht, Lukas & Hoffmann, Köln, D
No Days in Winter, no Nights in Summer, Forumgalleriet, Malmö, S
1991
Overgarden Galleri, Kopenhagen, DK

[Translate to English:] Gruppenausstellungen:

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[Translate to English:] 1999
"...incommensurabilis...", Skuc Galerija, Ljubljana, Slo
German Open, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg (Kat.)
Chrildren of Berlin, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, USA
Eingeladen/Uitgenodigd, ACHK - De Paviljoens, Al Almere, NL (Kat.)
Panorama 2000, Central Museum, Utrecht, NL (Kat.)
Arte All'Arte, Arte Continua, Casole d'Elsa, I (Kat.)
Skulptur-Biennale 1999, Münsterland (K)
dAPERTutto, 48. Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte, La Biennale di Venezia, Venedig, I (Kat.)
Overflow, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, US
Galería Heinrich Ehrhardt, Madrid, ES
Focused, Galerie Tanit, München, D
Schöpfung, Diözesanmuseum Freising, D (Kat.)
Next Stop, Kunstfestivalen Lofoten, Lofoten (Kat.)
Photography: An Expanded View, Recent Acquisitions, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Konstruktionszeichnungen, Kunst-Werke, Berlin, D
Landscape: Outside the Frame, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, USA
1998
Wanas 1999, Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, S
Light x Eight: The Hanukkah Project, The Jewish Museum, New York, USA
Dad's Art, neugerriemschneider, Berlin, D
FAST FORWARD "archives", Hamburger Kunstverein, Hamburg, D
Auf der Spur, Kunsthalle Zürich, CH
Sharawadgi, Felsenvilla, Baden, A
The 7th Triennal of Contemporary Art. Cool Places, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, LIT
New Photography 14, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Berlin Biennale, Berlin, D (Kat.)
Round About Ways, Ujazdowski Castle, Warschau, PL
The Edstrand Foundation Art Prize 1998, Rooseum, Malmö, S
The Erotic Sublime (Slave to the Rhythm), Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Salzburg, A
The Very Large Ice-Floor, Sao Paolo Biennale, Sao Paolo, BRA (Kat.)
Waterfall, Sidney Biennale, Sidney, AUS (Kat.)
Something is rotten in the State of Denmark, Fridericianum, Kassel, D (Kat.)
Brytningstider, Norrköping Konstmuseum, Norrköping, S (Kat.)
StadtLandschaften, Sabine Knust Galerie & Edition, München, D
Momentum, Nordic Festival of Contemporary Art, Moss, N (Kat.)
Villa Medici, Academie de France a Rome, Rom, I
Do All Oceans Have Walls?, Künstlerhaus, Bremen, D (Kat.)
Mai '98, Kunsthalle Köln, D (Kat.)
Transatlantico, Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderna, Las Palmas, ES
Nuit Blanche, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, F, (Kat.) weiter nach Reykjavik Municipal Art Museum, IS Bergen Billedgalleri, S Porin Taidemuseo (1999), FIN und Göteborg Konstmuseum (1999)
Warming, The Project, New York, USA
Interferencias, Museo de Arte Contemporanea, Madrid, ES (Kat.)
Seamless, De Appel, Amsterdam, NL (Kat.)
Sightings. New Photographic Art, ICA London, GB (Kat.)
undergrund, kuratiert v. Jacob Fabricius, Kopenhagen, DK
Stalke Anniversary Show, Kopenhagen, DK
1997
Heaven, P.S.1, New York, USA
été 97, Centre genevois de gravure contemporaine, Genf, CH
Kunstpreis der Böttcherstraße in Bremen, Bonner Kunstverein, D (Kat.)
On life, beauty, translations and other difficulties, 5th International Istanbul Biennal, Istanbul, TR (Kat.)
alikeness, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy, AUS
Trade Routes, 2nd Johannesburg Biennale, SA
Truce: Echoes of Art in an Age of Endless Conclusions, Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, USA, (Kat.)
New Art from Denmark and Skåne, Louisiana Museum, DK (Kat.)
3rd Symposium on Visual Arts, LANDART, Amos, CAN
Vilnius Center of Art, LIT
The Scream, Borealis 8. Arken Museum, Kopenhagen, DK
Platser, Public Space Projects, Stockholm, S
Kunsthalle Wien, A
1988: "Landschaft", Kulturzentrum der Minoriten, Graz
Ausstellung zum Landeskunstpreis, Neue Galerie, Graz
1996
Views of Icelandic Nature, Kjarvalsstadir Museum, Reykjavik, IS
The Scream, Nordic Fine Arts 1995-96, Arken Museum, Ishøj, DK
Prospect 1996, Schirn Kunsthalle/Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, D (Kat.)
Glow: Sublime Projected and Reflected Light, New Langton Art, San Francisco, USA
Alles was modern ist, Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt, D
Provinz-Legende, Samtidsmuseet, Rodkilde, DK
tolv, Schaper Sundberg Galleri, Stockholm, S
Summer Show, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, USA
remote connections, Neue Galerie, Graz; Wäino Aaltonen Museum of Art Turku, FIN; Artfocus, Tel Aviv, ISR
nach weimar, Kunstsammlungen zu Weimar, Weimar, D (Kat.)
Manifesta1, Rotterdam, NL (Kat.)
1995 
Landschaft, Mittelrheinmuseum Koblenz, Haus am Waldsee, D (Kat.)
Campo 95, Venedig, I (kat.), weiter nach Turin und Malmö (1996)
Kunst & Ökologie, Kunstverein Schloß Plön, D
1994
Europa, Ausstellung Münchner Galerien, München, D (Kat.)
1993
.........1700 CET, Stalke Out of Space, Kopenhagen, DK
Black Box, GLOBE Kuratorengruppe, Kopenhagen, DK
1992 
Paradise Europe - billboard project, Kopenhagen, DK
Overdrive, 10 Young Nordic Artists, Kopenhagen, DK
Lightworks, Demonstrationslokalet for Kunst, Kopenhagen, DK
1991
Young Scandinavian Art, Stalke Out of Space, Kopenhagen, DK
1990
Street Signs - billboards, BIZART, Kopenhagen, DK
1989
Ventilator Projects, Charlottenborg Konsthall, Kopenhagen, DK

[Translate to English:] Projekte:

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[Translate to English:] 1998
Galerie Ingólsstraeti, Reykjavík, IS
Raum für eine Farbe, Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, D
1997
Your windy corner, Andreas Brändström, Stockholm, S
Erosion, Wasserprojekt, Johannesburg Biennale, SA
The very large curve, Chalkline drawing, Amos, CAN
1996
The Mukkepark Project, Hvidovre, Kopenhagen, DK
1994
Beauty, Regenbogen, Lukas & Hoffmann, Köln, D
1992
Expectations, Lichtprojekt, Kopenhagen, DK
1990
31 Days of News, Krasnapolsky, Kopenhagen, DK

[Translate to English:] Bibliographie:

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Statements

 

In all existing physical structures (and in our cultural models) relations exist as socializing potential.

 

Throughout history one can observe how different models of seeing and of relating to space - that is our relation to our surroundings - have replaced one another, parallel with social, ideological, technical and other changes.

 

Values of a given time will always determine the models and relations through which we choose to conduct our lives. If the values change, the relations change as well.

 

For the single person these models and relations can seem so natural that one can make the mistake of thinking that they are actual characteristics of our surroundings.

 

Through a given time's scale of values we structure our surroundings in such a way that they appear meaningful and as an understandable entity.
However, at the same time this specific relation also sets up a kind of limitation for what we perceive and understand from our surroundings, because it excludes or surpresses any knowledge which clashes with its meaningful entity.

 

"Surroundings surrounded" is a book which will investigate the above ideas with regards to our understanding and perception of spatial relations, physical environments, and other time-space related structures and conducts.

 

The book will contain around 50 texts all coming from different fields of science and art related practices. I am proposing a sort of encyclopaedic collage of ideas relating to the above.

 

Exhibition Catalogue: 
A book with approximately 50 texts from different fields of science and art, an encyclopaedic collage of ideas, will be published by Hatje-Cantz publishers.

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