Time Sensitive Activity

Olafur Eliasson-- -Time Sensitive Activity-- -February 2015 to May 2015

በጊዜ ላይ ጊዜ (Time-sensitive activity), that opened at the Modern Art Museum, Addis Ababa, on 26 February, 2015 presented an exciting array of artworks by the internationally acclaimed Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. Curated by Elizabeth W. Giorgis, the artist’s first solo exhibition in the region featured works revolving around concepts like light, orientation, mirroring, and ephemerality – topics that have informed Eliasson’s practice for years. The show brought together outstanding new works, such as Life of a planet; Crystal nebula; Addis compass; and The complete sphere lamp, a series specifically developed and produced in Ethiopia; with a selection of seminal older works, including Colour space embracer, 2005, and Yellow corridor, 1997. በጊዜ ላይ ጊዜ (Time-sensitive activity) offered an insightful glimpse into the physicality of Eliasson’s artworks and their incredible ability to transcend conventional perceptions. Through a simple query of what it means to be a subject in a specific context, Eliasson challenged visitors to the exhibition to be perceptive of things they usually took for granted. Eliasson presented visitors with artistic concepts and practices that emphasised the centrality of creativity, poise agency in the creation of images, and are reflective and constitutive of the visitors’ environment. The exhibition came about through Olafur Eliasson’s long-term engagement with Ethiopia and, in particular, the city of Addis Ababa, a relationship that has intensified over the last decade.