In Conversation with Olafur Eliasson @ Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, Houston [20 March]

In Conversation with Olafur Eliasson

19:00 - 20:00

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Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University
6100 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77005
Join us for a conversation with internationally renowned artist Olafur Eliasson, whose participatory project «Green light — An artist workshop» is being held at the Moody through May 6. The workshop addresses the international refugee crisis and the current geopolitical issues surrounding global migration. It gives the green “go-ahead” light to asylum seekers, refugees and economic migrants by inviting them to participate in a multifaceted program of creativity and shared learning. This includes a workshop for the construction of stackable, modular green lamps, as well as language courses, seminars, artist’s interventions and film screenings. The workshop is free and open to the public.

About the artist
The Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson (born 1967) works in a wide variety of media, including installation, painting, sculpture, photography, and film. Awarded with the 2016 Crystal award for creating inclusive communities, Eliasson is also known for his environmental and socially-engaged projects, like the solar-energy company Little Sun. Since 1997 his critically acclaimed solo shows have appeared in major museums around the world such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Tate Modern, London, and in major international exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale. In 2003 The weather project, installed in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, was seen by more than two million people. Eliasson’s projects in public spaces include The New York City Waterfalls (2008) and Ice Watch in Copenhagen (2014) and Paris (2016).

Established in 1995, Eliasson’s Berlin studio employs approximately ninety craftsmen, specialized technicians, architects, archivists, administrators, and cooks. They work with Eliasson to experiment, develop and produce artworks and exhibitions, as well as to archive and communicate his work. In addition to realizing artworks in-house, the studio contracts with structural engineers and other specialists and collaborates with cultural practitioners, policy makers, and scientists. It regularly hosts workshops and events in order to further artistic and intellectual exchanges with people and institutions around the world.

Image: Olafur Eliasson, «Green light – An artistic workshop» at the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, Houston, 2017. Co-produced by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary. Photo: Nash Baker
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