Olafur Eliasson is a Danish-Icelandic artist known for sculptures and
large-scale installations that employ elemental materials to enhance the
viewer’s experience. For years, he has transferred natural phenomena
such as water, light, wind, temperature and movement into the artistic
context using simple technical aids. Eliasson always includes the
visitors in the exhibition and their senses, reflection, memory and
interpretations in his work. With their presence, the visitors change
the installations and influence the sequence of occurrences, and they
become aware of their perception and of themselves as perceivers. ‘The
audience is the piece’, says the artist, ‘because everything else is in
flux.’ This relationship and the way it determines the work have become
widely accepted in the art world, as the understanding of interactive
artworks has shifted over the years from a technical point of view
towards a social, cultural and political one.
Notion Motion is part of the collection of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and was on loan for the DEAF exhibition.