An artistic workshop
Conceived by Olafur Eliasson
In collaboration with Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary
Hosted by the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia VIVA ARTE VIVA
13 May–26 November 2017
Hosted by Moody Center for the Arts, Houston
24 February–May 2017
Hosted by TBA21–Augarten, Vienna
12 March–29 July 2016
Green light is an act of welcoming, addressed both to those who have fled hardship and instability in their home countries and to the residents of the cities receiving them. I am very pleased to be able to present the project at the Biennale Arte 2017. To me, going to the biennale has always been about going deeper into reality, not about exiting reality. Mass displacement and migration are core challenges in the world today, affecting millions of people around the globe. Green light displays a modest strategy for addressing the challenges and responsibilities arising from the current situation and shines a light on the value of collaborative work and thinking.
– Olafur Eliasson
Green light – An artistic workshop invites refugees, asylum seekers, and members of the public to participate in a multifaceted programme of creativity and shared learning. The educational programme includes a workshop for the construction of Green light lamps, language courses, seminars, artist’s interventions, and film screenings. It will be installed at Viva Arte Viva, the 57th Biennale di Venezia, in Venice, Italy, from May 13 to November 26, 2017.
Made from recycled and sustainable materials and designed to be stackable, the Green light modules can function either on their own or be combined into more complex structures.
At the core of the Green light project is a fundraising campaign benefiting two NGOs that work with refugees: Emergency and Georg Danzer Haus. For a contribution of (at least) 250 Euros, donors receive a Green light lamp built during the workshop. Donations can be made in the Green light space at the Biennale di Venezia or online on the TBA21 web shop.
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