Your glacial expectations, 2012, @kvadrattextiles, Ebletoft, Denmark. Photo: Annabel Elston
15,256021 October, 2019
To Catch a Fish with a Song (1964 - today), Hreinn Fridfinnsson, @kwinstitutefcontemporaryart Berlin. The following is an excerpt from Olafur’s text ‘Having Hreinn in Mind’, 2013. ‘If Hreinn were everything, I would be everywhere. If I were an artwork, I would like to be one of Hreinn’s. Then I would enjoy not being selfish, and, in particular, I would be pleased that my being performed would be less about being itself and more about being with. Being with the world. If I were a world, I would be the world that includes Hreinn’s works. I would feel real – and this, partly through his works. My reality and my existence would be produced continuously both by the works and by everything else. With satisfaction, I would note that neither I, my being in the world, nor Hreinn’s works, being his, would claim ownership of the area of exchange between us. The ideas we would exchange, and give way to, would fabricate a space – a field with the ability to include an ever-changing notion of time and a distinct ability to perform reality “as we go” without venturing down blind alleys made up of issues such as property and commodi!cation. These ideas are good ideas. Good because they are susceptible to change. If I were an idea, I would like to be the kind that Hreinn’s works unceasingly produce in being with the world, and I would slowly change everything and all things. Given access to temporality, ideas become intentions. If I were such an idea, I would evolve, not to become something better, but rather to unravel the fact that as an idea I would be able to have an impact on everything, to co-produce the world and develop my intentions. These intentions are not concepts about the world. Intentions are part of the world when they are allowed to breathe in time – our time. If I were an idea, I would like to be the kind that changes the world. Like a good discussion, I would be able to make a difference. The world – meaning all things and ideas gravitating towards the centre of the earth (as Hreinn’s works do) – needs differences.’
How can we define public space? Is it a space in-between, in which people gather? Or is it a space of action – of dialogue, debate, and even conflict?
Seats are still available for the upcoming ‘Architecture and Public Space’ panel discussion, hosted by @Tate Modern in their Starr Cinema, on Tuesday, 22 October, 18:30-20:00. Inspired by Olafur’s engagement with architecture, this panel brings together interdisciplinary voices to ask how the built environment can enable spaces of civic participation and to question art’s agency in the public sphere.
We encourage you to join! Visit tate.org to book tickets.
Speakers include Mariana Mazzucato, Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose, Alfredo Brillembourg, co-founder of Urban Think Tank and Mark Wallinger, artist. The discussion is chaired by Shumi Bose.
Images: @urbanthinktank, ’Empower Shack’ project, 2013–ongoing;
Mark Wallinger, ‘State Britain’, 2007;
‘The cubic structural evolution project’ at QAGOMA, 2010, photo: Mark Sherwood.
Umschreibung, (circumscription) 2004, Munich. Photos: Thomas Heilmeier, Hendrik Fuchs, Thilo Frank
9,242016 October, 2019
Trafalgar Square, London, right now. People are defying the police ban and are gathering in peaceful protest. @extinctionrebellion@xrebellionuk “Today, I aim to get arrested. It is the only real power climate protesters have. Yes, we are hypocrites. Because we are embedded in the systems we contest, and life is complicated, no one has ever achieved moral purity. The choice we face is not between hypocrisy and purity, but between hypocrisy and cynicism. It is better to strive to do good, and often fail, than not to strive at all.’ George Monbiot in today’s The Guardian.
3,022016 October, 2019
Class has been raccooned! Artists @alvaro_urbano and Petrit Halilaj’s first lecture at Ecole des Beaux Arts. Check out their playful approach to the living and non-living creatures with whom we co-inhabit space. www.alvarourbano.com
954016 October, 2019
“It’s clear that the structural changes needed, the enormous task of transitioning from fossil fuels to alternative, sustainable energy, can’t be met soon enough if the structures supporting the system are not disrupted. Extinction Rebellion is one such disruptive, creative, transformative power. “ - Olafur
The Extinction Rebellion @extinctionrebellion continues into its second week in cities across the world. Police has just banned peaceful protests from London. 1400 people have been arrested within the last week. The Rebellion insists that it’s a human right to protest. @xrebellionuk
Mary Robinson, former Irish president an UN High Commissioner, defends the Rebellion: “What Extinction Rebellion are essentially trying to do is disrupt and the truth is we need disruption. It will not happen in a business as usual, easy way; it will only happen if there is enough disruption of business as usual and one way of disrupting is Extinction Rebellion,” Robinson in The Irish Times. (Third photo is of Robinson with Clare Farrell, of Extinction Rebellion. Both spoke on a panel about the climate emergency at the Tate Modern on 8 July with Olafur). In public space outside the Tate Modern a protest sculpture emerged – it’s a weird feeling to see police seemingly preventing people from seeing an artwork. Creativity is a cornerstone in the Rebellion’s approach to civil disobedience and protest.
The sculpture is being dismantled this minute.
We encourage people to stay safe, remain peaceful, and take care of each other. Check out your local branch of the Rebellion. Photos via @xrebellionuk Ellie Chowns, Paul Brown