Olafur Eliasson Take Your Time: Open House

Volume 7
Claire Petitmengin, Andreas Roepstorff, Boris Ondreička, Günther Vogt, Eric Ellingsen, Mihret Kebede, Mohammed Al Attar, Hadeel Ibrahim, Timothy Morton, Mark Godfrey, Elke Weber, Jonathan Ledgard, Pireeni Sundaralingam, Hortensia Völckers, 2017
Publisher: Walther König, Cologne.

ISBN: 978 3 00 056566 3

Dimensions: .5 x 1.2 x 10 inches

pages: 396 pages

Studio Olafur Eliasson – Open House, conceived and edited in collaboration with independent curator Joanna Warsza, who conducted extensive interviews with studio members, is a candid self-portrait of the studio. Texts and photographs invite readers to explore the kitchen’s hands-on take on the politics of food; the processes of the metal and wood workshops; the experimental approach to arts education at the Institut für Raumexperimente (Institute for Spatial Experiments); the strategies for spatial research at Studio Other Spaces, an office for art and architecture founded by Eliasson together with Sebastian Behmann; and the global dialogues of Little Sun, Eliasson’s social business.

Open House focuses on both artistic processes within the studio and the studio’s exchanges with the broader world, following ideas from their initial emergence to their embodiment as artworks or projects and shows the forms of engagement in which Olafur and the studio are increasingly invested – research, dialogue, and ideas-turned-into-action. Photographs of the studio, interviews with Olafur and members of the studio team, excerpts from books that inspire the studio’s daily practice, and texts from external collaborators – including neuroscientists, economists, social scientists, curators, playwrights, philosophers, psychologists, and climate scientists – bring readers into the very midst of the studio as a site of artistic production, intellectual exchange, and social engagement.