Your Engagement Has Consequences

16.02.2017 - Olafur Eliasson, moderated by Florian Weghorn

    The experiential works of Icelandic visual artist and International Jury member Olafur Eliasson play with light, scale, architecture and the mechanics of perception. By making space tangible, and configuring the viewer’s body within it, Eliasson’s installations and interventions confuse the traditional roles of author and receiver. Embracing a creative process not unlike the invention of film worlds, the artist collectively works with over 90 collaborators in his Berlin studio, which he refers to as a laboratory. Eliasson lays bare his approach to birthing and testing his projects, as well as how he challenges himself and his audience to take personal responsibility for the consequences of art.


    Olafur Eliasson

    photo of Olafur Eliasson
    Born in Denmark of Icelandic parentage, Olafur Eliasson quickly garnered international attention after completing the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. He participated in the Berlin Biennale in 1998 and the Venice Biennale in 2003, and his piece The weather project, which was installed in the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern, attracted over two million visitors. Today, with his sculptures, installations, paintings, photographs and films that often focus on physical phenomena in nature as well as climate change, he has become one of the world’s most important contemporary artists. Eliasson, who founded his studio in Berlin in 1995, has received countless awards. Besides being involved in art, he is the founder of a global sustainable energy project and social business called Little Sun and the international architectural firm Studio Other Spaces. His latest artworks include a number of installations at the Palace of Versailles in 2016.

    Moderated by

    Florian Weghorn

    photo of Florian Weghorn

    Florian has been the programme manager of Berlinale Talents since 2014. Together with Christine Tröstrum he is responsible for the yearly summit in Berlin and the further development of the six offshoots of Berlinale Talents worldwide. Florian studied theatre, film and television studies at the University of Cologne, and gained a master’s degree majoring in the ‘Visual Language of Melancholy in Film’. Florian joined the Berlin International Film Festival in 2002, initially working for the Generation section. From 2008 to 2014 he served as the section’s co-director and as a curator of its short and feature-length film programmes. He is also a member of the selection committee for the Berlinale Competition. Apart from the Berlinale, Florian worked for other international film festivals and cultural institutions. He is an author and editor of several publications addressing film and youth culture.