Olafur Eliasson is a master at eliciting awe and curiosity with his dynamic work that straddles perception, architecture, and climate change. He’s known for his conceptual sculptures and large-scale installations that feature a number of elemental materials including light, water, and air to elevate the experiences of onlookers. Following his interactive social media project for Earth Day 2020, Olafur Eliasson now unveils his first-ever augmented reality (AR) project called WUNDERKAMMER that will reach communities all over the world.
The series is comprised of AR artworks that evoke natural elements such as a glowing sun, a shimmering rainbow, and a cloud that emits rain. The virtual project also sheds light on endangered animals as well as objects we take for granted such as the compass. These works are available for audiences to collect digitally and use in the comfort of their homes.
“Olafur, an artist who has always encouraged viewers to engage with climate change and the environment is inviting audiences to bring the outside in, and to create their own environment by adding AR objects and atmospheres to their personal space,” as per a press statement.
All of the works will be available for free, test out the AR artworks yourself by downloading the Acute Art app and learn more by visiting Olafur Eliasson’s website. A collector’s edition will be released at a later date.
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We’re excited to share WUNDERKAMMER, 2020, a new artwork by Olafur with @acuteart_ (download link for the artwork in the bio). You’re invited to create your own cabinet of curiosities in augmented reality by bringing objects, outdoor phenomena, and smaller spatial experiments by Olafur to your home or environment – a sun, a puffin, a ladybird, or flowers, a compass or a rainy cloud. It’s a meeting up of personal space and art. Working with installation art for decades, Olafur has said that his ‘experimental setup’ is only one part of the artwork. Ultimately art emerges from the meeting up of the artistic setup, its environment, and people. With WUNDERKAMMER this meeting up becomes explicit and felt. 'Today, where physical distancing guides our lives, it’s as crucial as ever that we surround ourselves with things and atmospheres that really matter to us. All elements of the WUNDERKAMMER play a role in my life. Some are objects that we normally take for granted – and I feel they should be celebrated like the wonders they, in fact, are. Other elements in the collection will be more experimental, such as light sculptures and objects that are invisible to the eye until you ‘catch’ them with your hand. The artwork is about challenging our perception of the everyday and actively welcoming that which lies on the boundary between the known and the unknown. It is about creating spaces that meld the everyday and the extraordinary – spaces that evoke vivid perceptions and embodied engagement.’ – Olafur The Acute App is available both on the App Store and on Google Play. Share your photos and videos using #oeWUNDERKAMMER.
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Cabinets of curiosities are, historically, singular places with unique collections of objects. Olafur’s new WUNDERKAMMER is wherever you want it to be. Olafur will speak more about the artwork with @daniel.birnbaum on Instagram Live TODAY at 7 PM (Berlin) / 6 PM (London) @acuteart_ and here. Do join! #oeWUNDERKAMMER