Verb thought in space
"If you want to draw action from people in space,
you have to look at space through the verb with tome."
There are two exhibitions. One is a large-scale exhibit with many works so that cannot summarized by the three pamphlets. The other is a small exhibition displayed just 20 art pieces on a part of the building. The first one was a lot to see, but people stayed longer in the second one. What makes this difference?
The installation artist Olafur Eliasson, based in Denmark and Iceland, was widely known to the public through his work ‘The Weather Project’ in Tate Modern, England. He uses the concept of getting motifs from nature, and mirrors and fogs in his works make familiar spaces to unfamiliar and these lead to action from spectators.
"Nature is a common ground for people with different languages and cultures to have different experiences and common understandings."
The artist has emphasized the importance of the behavior in art works so that he said I’m simply installed the physical elements and the work is completed through the actions of the spectators. In fact, when we actually face the artist's work, we can face ourselves moving naturally. It is difficult to draw people's natural behavior. The artist says that everyone draws action through nature which can be shared in common, but empathy alone cannot lead to action.
Among his works, ‘Jokla series’ shows how to draw the behaviors of visitors in space. This work, designed to show that the longest river in Iceland the Jokla River is destroyed by dam construction and environmental pollution, is a series of aerial photographs of river that installed on the walls of the space to allow spectators to see the Jokla River from start. Invisible photographs in one glance invite viewers to move naturally, and some emotions emerge in the mind in process of walking slowly through the photographs.
At this time, the factor that causes spectators to act is the physical representation of the temporality of the space. Visitors who meet the time from this point to that point naturally understand that it is meaningful to move along that time. Visually expressed time also visually shows the meaning of our actions.