« De la représentation à la présence » An evening with Olafur Eliasson

Friday 23 January 2015 - Auditorium

7.30 p.m.
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« De la représentation à la présence » An evening with Olafur Eliasson

To complement the exhibition Olafur Eliasson: Contact, the Fondation Louis Vuitton have organised an evening panel discussion bringing together the artist Olafur Eliasson, the film director Claire Denis and the exhibition curators, Laurence Bossé and Hans Ulrich Obrist and the philosopher Michel Bitbol, Director of Research at CNRS, Centre of Research in Applied Epistemology at the Polytechnique School.

The discussion is in English and it is translated (free earphones are given at the entrance).


It is followed by a poetry recital with Cia Rinne. The poetry is not translated.    


Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson was born in Copenhagen in 1967 to Icelandic parents. He has exhibited internationally since 1997. In 2003, he represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale and, later that year, installed The weather project at Tate Modern, London. Take your time: Olafur Eliasson, a survey exhibition organised by SFMoMA in 2007, travelled until 2010 to various venues, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Innen Stadt Aussen (Inner City Out), at Martin-Gropius-Bau in 2010, involved interventions across Berlin as well as in the museum. Similarly, in 2011, Seu corpo da obra (Your body of work) engaged with three institutions around São Paulo – SESC Pompeia, SESC Belenzinho, and Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo – and featured additional works around the city. Eliasson’s projects in public space include Green river, carried out at various locations between 1998 and 2001, and the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2007, designed together with Kjetil Thorsen. The New York City Waterfalls, commissioned by Public Art Fund, were installed on shorelines of Manhattan and Brooklyn during the summer of 2008. Your rainbow panorama, a 150-metre-long circular walkway with coloured glass panes situated on top of ARoS Museum in Aarhus, Denmark, opened in May 2011. Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre, for which Eliasson created the facade in collaboration with Henning Larsen Architects, was inaugurated in August 2011 and awarded the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award in 2013.

Olafur Eliasson lives and works in Copenhage and Berlin.

Michel Bitbol

Michel Bitbol is a research Director at the Archives Husserl, CNRS in Paris.

After carrying out scientific research from 1978 to 1990, he turned to philosophy and his research interests are mainly focused on the influence of quantum physics on philosophy.

He translated and commentated on texts by Erwin Schrödinger and elaborated a neo Kantian interpretation of the quantic mechanic.

He later focused on the relationship between the philosophy of quantic theory and the philosophy of the spirit. He worked closely with Francisco Varela to further explore this research. He recently developed a conception of the consciousness inspired by a epistemology of first person consciousness.    

Claire Denis

Claire Denis is a French film director and screenwriter. She is also a professor at the European Graduate School in Switzerland and Femis in France. As a filmmaker she is best known for her style that emphasizes outdoor settings than shooting in the studios. His films question love, desire while music plays a vital role.    

About the Institut für Raumexperimente

The Institut für Raumexperimente (Institute for spatial experiments) was a five-year experimental programme in arts education founded by Olafur Eliasson, co-directed by Eric Ellingsen and Christina Werner, and affiliated with the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). The Institut für Raumexperimente was located in the same building as  Studio Olafur Eliasson and carried out with support from Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Wissenschaft (Senate Department of Education, Youth and Science of the State of Berlin) as part of its programme of Excellence, and the Einstein Foundation Berlin.



Poetry - Cia Rinne

Cia Rinne, born in Göteborg (Sweden), is a writer, poet and artist based in Berlin. She writes visual, acoustic, and conceptual poetry, in different languages, collaborates on performances and sound installations. Publications of her include the books zaroum (2001), notes for soloists (2009), and should we blind ourselves and leave thebes (2013). Works of her have a.o. been shown at Signal Malmö, The Turku Biennial, the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn, and at INCA Seattle.


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Friday 23 January 2015
7.30 p.m. - Auditorium


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