The mediated motion, 2001
rethinking the institution
you only see things when you move
Responding to Peter Zumthor’s architecture for Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria, Olafur Eliasson installed, in collaboration with the landscape architect Günther Vogt, a work that spanned all four levels of the building and led the viewer from one landscape situation to another. On the ground floor, visitors first encountered a collection of logs sprouting shiitake mushrooms (Lentinula edodes). Moving to the levels above, they came across a pond with floating duckweed (Lemna minor) on level one, which they could cross via a series of pontoons, and a floor of gently sloping, compressed soil on level two. On the top floor, a suspension bridge spanning a room full of fog terminated abruptly at a blank wall, forcing visitors to return along their original route. A staircase of roughly hewn wood was built on top of the existing concrete stairs, creating an unbroken transition from one landscape situation to the next.
|The mediated motion|
|Water, wood, compressed soil, fog machine, metal, plastic sheet, duckweed (Lemna minor), and shiitake mushrooms (Lentinula edodes)|