My Utopia #40. Ólafur Elíasson
We talked to Ólafur Elíasson about his idea of a better world.
Eliasson was born in 1967. He grew up in Iceland and Denmark and studied from 1989 to 1995 at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In 1995, he moved to Berlin and founded Studio Olafur Eliasson, which today comprises more than one hundred team members, including craftsmen, architects, archivists, researchers, administrators, cooks, programmers, art historians, and specialised technicians. Since the mid-1990s, Eliasson has realised numerous major exhibitions and projects around the world.
Lemonaid is a social business from the heart of Hamburg. We produce the soft drinks Lemonaid and ChariTea. We support a humane and fair agriculture by using raw ingredients sourced from small-scale farming cooperatives all over the world. What’s more, a fixed amount per bottle sold goes directly towards supporting Lemonaid and ChariTea’s charitable social Projects. This is our contribution towards creating a better world.
FilmFabrique is a network of film-makers based in Hamburg’s Gängeviertel, a quarter run by a collective and dedicated to social and cultural initiatives. Emerging from a protest against the planned demolition of the area, the Gängeviertel is now a defining part of Hamburg’s cultural landscape – and a thriving alternative form of urban development.