The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf. "Alexander von Humboldt has been largely forgotten in the English-speaking world. He was one of the last polymaths, and died at a time when scientific disciplines were hardening into tightly fenced and more specialised fields. Consequently his more holistic approach - a scientific method that included art, history, poetry and politics alongside hard data - has fallen out of favour. This connection between knowledge, art and poetry, between science and emotions - the deeply-seated bond as Humboldt called it - is more important than ever.” “It was this approach that allowed him to find connections everywhere in nature. Nothing - not even the tiniest organism, was looked at on its own. When nature is viewed as a web, its vulnerability also becomes obvious. Everything hangs together. After he saw the devastating environmental effects of colonial plantations at Lake Valencia in Venezuela in 1800, Humboldt became the first scientist to talk about harmful human-induced climate change.” “As scientists are trying to understand and predict the global consequences of climate change, Humboldt’s interdisciplinary approach to science and nature is more relevant than ever"
WASSERfarben opens tonight at Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich
Very excited to announce Little Sun’s new collaboration with IKEA. Together they want to inspire and explore new ways of harnessing the power of the sun through intelligent and creative design. They will be working on creating a series of sustainable off-grid tools, not only for energy, but also water and communication. Learn more here: www.littlesun.com
Glacial currents, 2018, Watercolour, glacial ice, Indian ink, and pencil on paper - part of WASSERfarben, opens tomorrow at Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
Fjordenhus - the first building designed entirely by Olafur Eliasson and the architectural team at Studio Olafur Eliasson, will open on 9 June in Vejle, Denmark. The completion of Fjordenhus marks the shift of Studio Olafur Eliasson’s major architectural activities to a new international office for art and architecture, Studio Other Spaces (SOS), founded by Eliasson and his long-time collaborator, architect Sebastian Behmann. As an architectural counterpart to Studio Olafur Eliasson, Studio Other Spaces will be the vehicle for Eliasson and Behmann to carry out large-scale interdisciplinary and experimental architectural projects of a scope similar to Fjordenhus, in addition to works for public space
Walking out through the parabolic hinged door to the windy porch that feels like the inside of a pizza oven – but cold. The bricks are colorful and inviting to the touch. The water beckons but with breeziness not vertigo. Vertigo happens when I look up. The whole building feels like it is tipping into me. My feet are stable but I’m leaning back to counter the fall. As clouds fly above the bright blue sky, the whole building feels like it is flying and tipping. I can’t find stability, but I hang there, suspended in a continual falling in. The bricks jutting out a bit, contribute to the sense that the building is coming apart a little. How does this happen? My sense of balance is more than my inner ear. The building reels, and I can’t handle it. But I can look at the wall and the sensation of movement stops. Only when I look up. This is cultural: my entire sensorium is attuned to the habits of buildings rising straight up, or on a simple incline. This one tips me as I try to align to it. But it is not aligned in the way that I’m used to. My sense of balance turns out to be polyvalent and some of those valences are at odds with other ones. My viscera hang down orienting me to gravity, my feet agree, so far. But the visual sensation of tipping building tips me. My feet are now weighted to ankles, my viscera are off. Using the words of my dance collaborator Nita Little, my attention oscillates between these facets of balance. All of these facets are cultural, trained, they can be retrained. But right now my attentional bricolage wavers, my balance wavers. Reflections on Fjordenhus by Joe Dumit, professor in anthropology at UC Davis
Connecting cross country with a line, 2013, on Doug Aitken’s Station to Station across the U.S. Next week in Munich as part of WASSERfarben, an exhibition about Olafur’s works on paper at Pinakothek der Moderne #drawingmachine