The world-famous Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson will be participating in Arctic Imagination in a conversation with Paul Holdengräber, director of New York Public Library's LIVE stage.
This is the first Copenhagen event in the transatlantic, artistic brainstorm, Arctic Imagination. Olafur Eliasson will speak of his vision and how he seeks to incite debate concerning the melting ice and the increasing temperatures around the Arctic regions with his large-scale installation artworks.
Eliasson's engagement in Arctic Imagination is spot-on: Climate is a habitual facet in Eliasson's art. He amalgamates natural elements and present architecture in his spectacular works. By using the climate as a property, his deviant spacious constructions subject his audiences to new ways of sensing and orienting themselves – implicitly engaging in a larger debate.
This is the first event in Denmark under the headline Arctic Imagination: an artistic brainstorm about the melting ice and the increasing temperatures across the Atlantic Ocean.
In just 100 years, the Arctic and the North Pole have been transformed from extremely dangerous, mysterious peripheral areas to regions, which, in the race against climate change, are now in need of our protection and sense of responsibility. In 2017, the libraries will be focusing on this theme in Arctic Imagination – a series of events, readings and live conversations in New York, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo and Nuuk. In a unique cooperation across the Atlantic Ocean, a wide range of artists and high-profile voices will contribute to an international brainstorm in this field. Along with the great historical collections of the libraries revolving around the Arctic as a point of departure and a source of inspiration, this project will take on the intellectual and artistic challenge that the Arctic constitutes.
The project was initated by
ROYAL DANISH LIBRARY
and is carried out in co-operation with
NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SWEDEN
Amongst Eliasson's most noteworthy international exhibitions are The Weather Project (2003) at Tate Modern's Turbine Hall in London, Riverbed (2004) at Louisiana in Denmark and Verklighetsmaskiner (2015) at Moderna Museet in Stockholm.
But Eliasson's works in the public sphere seek to confront his audiences further. Most recently, in the installation piece Ice Watch, Eliasson brought melting icebergs from Greenland to Copenhagen in 2014 and to Paris in 2015 with reference to the Climate Change Conference, COP21.
Eliasson will engage in a conversation with Paul Holdengräber, the man behind LIVE from the New York Public Library – a vibrant conversational scene that has refashioned author talks and conversations in the intellectual arena since 2004.
The guests span from authors such as Orhan Pamuk, Günter Grass and Norman Mailer to rock musicians as Patti Smith, David Byrne and Brian Eno.