Olafur Eliasson

A film following the great artist Olafur Eliassion for four years through his life, work, concepts and thinking.
Olafur Eliasson’s studio is based in Berlin. It is one of the most creative workplaces in Europe. The film is a unique portrait of the Danish/Icelandic artist and his projects – from the first sketches to their final destinations, where the world press awaits with high expectations to see the talented “Dane’s” newest artistic ideas.


Olafur Eliasson

“Olafur Eliassion: Space in Progress” is the portrait of one of the greatest and most influential contemporary artists.
The film follows the silver-tongued but reclusive academic and artist from 2004 to 2009 and tries to understand the meaning of Olafur and his art mission: Creating installations that change the environment the spectator is used to and, therefore, the spectator’s state of mind.
Eliasson does not want elitist art. Art should be playful, democratic and not exclusive – a mass attraction that makes sense. In his installations, the artistic and the “natural” are equally involved. This generates experiences that are sensual, emotional and intellectual all at the same time. By integrating the beauty of nature into urban landscapes, he creates mind-opening urban oases and spaces that question our concept of the authentic nature experience and inspire the reflection of the public space. This form of reflection provokes to change the personal perception of space and movement.
The film offers insight into the work of the extraordinary, creative talent Olafur Eliasson and follows him to New York, where he realises one of his most complex works – the artificial New York Waterfalls. It takes him two years, 15 million dollars and a team of 200 workers to build the four waterfalls in the New York East River. Furthermore, Eliasson takes us to the retrospective “Take Your Time” in the Museum of Modern Art and PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York.
Together with Eliasson the film investigates how time and social, ideological and technical structures shape our worldview and our perception of places in this world. He expresses his ideas and concepts by using the cinema screen as an optical frame. Light, space and perception play a central role in his works, works that build a unit with the spectator in that the spectator not only observes but becomes part of the installation.
A filmic journey through Olafur Eliasson’s world of creation – inspiring, playful, provocative.

Director: Henrik Lundø & Jacob Jørgensen
Script: Henrik Lundø & Mads Jørgensen
Director of Photography: Mads Jørgensen
Editor: Henrik Lundø & Anders Refn
Sound: Jørgen Bo Behrensdorff, Thomas Gulyás , Bo Brøndum, Søren Holstebro
Sound design: Stig Sparre-Ulrich
Music: Thanks to  Rump Recordings
Producer: Jacob Jørgensen
Coproducer: Christian Beetz
Line producer: Marc Bostrøm, MOBvision
Film accountant: Maria Gammelgaard Hansen, Daniela Schöne
Commissioning editor: Martin Pieper (ZDF/arte)

Koproduktion

  • Olafur Eliasson

    ZDF Theaterkanal
    01 April 2011 at 5:25 pm

  • Olafur Eliasson

    ZDF Theaterkanal
    06 April 2011 at 12:25 am

  • Olafur Eliasson

    ZDF Theaterkanal
    11 April 2011 at 12:25 am

  • Olafur Eliasson

    ZDF Theaterkanal
    13 April 2011 at 5:25 pm

  • Olafur Eliasson

    ZDF Theaterkanal
    16 April 2011 at 12:25 am

  • Olafur Eliasson

    ZDF Theaterkanal
    18 April 2011 at 5:25 pm

  • Olafur Eliasson

    ZDF Theaterkanal
    22 April 2011 at 10:00 pm

  • Olafur Eliasson

    ZDF Theaterkanal
    23 April 2011 at 5:25 pm

  • Olafur Eliasson

    ZDFtheaterkanal
    02 May 2011 at 12:25 pm

  • Olafur Eliasson

    ZDFtheaterkanal
    05 May 2011 at 5:25 pm

  • Olafur Eliasson

    Lichtblick Cinema - Berlin, Germany
    21 May 2011 at 7:00 pm

  • Olafur Eliasson

    Lichtblick Cinema - Berlin, Germany
    30 August 2011 at 7:00 pm

  • Olafur Eliasson

    Lichtblick Cinema - Berlin, Germany
    31 August 2011 at 7:00 pm

  • Olafur Eliasson

    DW
    07 October 2013 at 6:15 am

  • Olafur Eliasson

    DW
    07 October 2013 at 7:15 pm

  • Olafur Eliasson

    DW
    08 October 2013 at 8:15 am

  • Olafur Eliasson

    DW
    08 October 2013 at 3:15 pm

  • Olafur Eliasson

    3Sat
    27 June 2020 at 7:20 pm