Opens today: The parliament of possibilities, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art
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23 April 2016, 7.35 p.m.

Dear Olafur,

Here is a first suggestion for launching the discussion (taking into account the sentence by Latour about James that you quoted).

William James’s ‘Pluralistic Universe’ is important to me in many different ways and for many different reasons, but, above all, because it defends the view that concepts distort rather than reveal reality. This can be pushed further, as the American philosopher Nelson Goodman did, by considering that reality in itself does not really exist. It is, at least, a kind of empty shell. However, ‘something’ is there, around us, acting on us. Dying and suffering are not social conventions. So, what are we doing when we try to create something? We are indeed probably making maps. Maps are never in a perfect one-to-one bijective correspondence with the actual landscape (the very idea of an actual landscape is not even obvious). One has to select a scale, a colour code, a set of meaningful types, etc. The map is, in itself, a creation made under the strong constraint of having to express something significant about the land it accounts for. I see myself, in my work as an astrophysicist, as a kind of cartographer. I do have a huge freedom in selecting what I consider to be important and in the way I try to build a correct theory, but I do have to face the constraints of observations and experiments. The ‘multiverse’ is not only in the different universes that were possibly created by the inflationary stage just after the Big Bang but also in our ways of world-making. And I see you somehow on the same axis: an inventor of worlds, who still needs and wants to account for what is beyond its own creation, a kind of excess and surpassed solipsism: we know that we cannot touch reality beyond ourselves, but still, if we do not try to change the axis, there is no point inventing anything. This is, in particular, something I feel about your artwork Your unpredictable path, created for this exhibition. Would you agree with this?

Aurélien Barrau

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Opens Wednesday in Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul
"Embodiment isn't absent in astrophysics. Since we're always stuck with bodies. Thought is an embodied state" @AurelienBarrau #OlafurLeeum
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Leeum catalogue with text by philosopher Timothy Morton and correspondence between astrophysicist Aurélien Barrau and Olafur Eliasson
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Won’t you listen to what the DJ’s spinnin’ . . . A DJ is a worker, and the work she or he does looks like someone on a production line. She takes a tune that comes down a conveyor belt – the belt is called time and the tune comes from a direction called future – and she matches it with a tune that is right in front of her, which is called nowness.

Timothy Morton, in the catalogue for The parliament of possibilities, Leeum Museum

The parliament of possibilities opens 28 September Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul

What happens when we are in a space where a DJ is working is something like the formation of a gigantic ear. This ear attunes to the crowd, the crowd attunes to the attunement. It is not surprising that DJ-ing has often been described as telepathy. Telepathy means ‘passion at a distance’.

Timothy Morton

When I DJ I am listening to the tune. The things I hear in the tune get enhanced by other tunes that I juxtapose – I put them underneath, I overlap them, I make them fade into one another. I am saying, ‘There is more in this tune than the tune itself’. I expose the wiring under the board.

Timothy Morton

Your unpredictable sameness, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul #OlafurLeeum

Writing about music is always like dancing about architecture. Thinking about music is also like raining about glass. Philosophising about design. Designing about philosophy. Why not? It’s intuitive, no? I mean, dancing about architecture is exactly what we do every day, when we walk through it. As Viktor Shklovsky put it, a dance is simply a walk that is felt.

Timothy Morton

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It would be great to talk about how it’s not just us imposing our picture of things onto art. ESP hypnotise me @the_eco_thought #OlafurLeeum
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