Compendium  /  Edition 01.2
Olafur Eliasson

Research Methods




Location: London
Season: Winter

Time: 19:23


Fig. 01.2—2020

Archive: On Location
Research has been an integral part of our practice for some years and it was Olafur Eliasson’s Real Life exhibition at the Tate Modern which we felt powerfully illustrated the sheer scale that thought can grow to. Visually representing and mapping the process of reading, cross examining, interrogating and bending beyond boundaries of a single topic of the exact instillation and exhibition on show was impactful. Olafur Eliasson has been described as having an incredible amount of curiosity to the point where he has a greater belief in a person’s ability to be useful and to make change in the world. The Berlin based studio structures their research around three main points; a concern with nature, honed through time spent in Iceland; research into geometry; and ongoing investigations into how we perceive, feel about and shape the world around us. Whilst these are the three main topics of discovery, the studio also outputs the unpredictable byproducts that come from it; such as a cookbook of sustainable vegetarian recipes and an art school. There are no boundaries for the studio and that’s what’s so interesting about the research - it’s not conducted or carried out to justify a preconceived idea, instead it informs and unfolds the essence and depths of the outputs that it leads the studio towards.