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Unspoken Spaces

Studio Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson


The first major monograph on Eliasson in more than a decade, including unpublished creations as well as spatial experiments that no longer exist


Unspoken Spaces explores Olafur Eliasson’s driving interest in finding visionary shapes to represent abstract ideas. It is a richly illustrated journey through spheres, tunnels, towers, walkways and archways, as well as pavilions and larger buildings realized by Eliasson and his studio since the late 1990s.

Binding the spiralling dynamic of these works are essays by renowned writers across a variety of fields – from geologists and historians of art and science to architects, artists and philosophers.

The works range from small-scale experiments to large-scale projects in the public realm, among them striking buildings such as The Serpentine Galleries Pavilion 2007 in London (with Kjetil Thorsen), Your rainbow panorama (2006–2011) in Aarhus, Denmark, or the crystalline façade for Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre (2005–11) in Reykjavik. Each work is presented through in-depth project descriptions accompanied by Eliasson’s own words.

Produced in close collaboration with the artist and his studio, this elaborate volume will appeal to art lovers, designers, students and collectors alike.

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'It seems incredible that such a staggeringly inventive body of work could be contained, much less summarised, in one tome, but 'Unspoken Spaces' succeeds in being both thorough and highly accessible'

'Unspoken Spaces is a rewarding read and the 'patchwork' of ideas and territories it presents echoes Eliasson's own open and roaming approach to creativity ...Texts by Eliasson and his team are complemented by sharply observed contributions from historians of science, art, philosophy and the natural world on subjects that define the Studio's research interests from molecular science, nature and phenomenology to ideas of space, time and motion'
V&A Magazine

'An exquisite monograph'
AnOther Magazine

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Hardback without Jacket

Size: 28.0 x 22.0 cm

Extent: 416 pp

Publication date: 11 April 2016

ISBN: 9780500343135

Contents List

Olafur Eliasson: Preface • Projects and Artist’s Statements (c. 55 projects and 35 statements) • Carol Diehl and Terry Perk: Your Geometric Engagement • Lorraine Daston: Dazzled • Alex Coles: The Art-Architecture Ping Pong • Eric Ellingsen: Now Memory Molly Nesbit: An Entry for Olafur Eliasson’s Parliament of Reality • Minik Rosing: Extravagant Parsimony: A Study From Nature • Caroline Jones: Users in the Field Timothy Morton: From Things Flows What We Call Time • Project Documentation Biography

About the Author

Olafur Eliasson is an artist known for sculptures and large-scale installations which utilize natural elements, including light, water, fire and wood, often combined to re-create the outdoors inside. Born in 1967 he grew up in Iceland and Denmark. He studied, from 1989 to 1995, at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark. His work is represented in public and private collections including the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Deste Foundation, Athens and the Tate, London. He represented Denmark in the 2003 Venice Biennale. He lives and works in Berlin.

List of Contributors

Olafur Eliasson, Terry Perk, Eric Ellingsen, Caroline Jones, Lorraine Daston, Molly Nesbit, Timothy Morton, Alex Coles, Minik Rosing, Carol Diehl