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.
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.