Quote of Note | Olafur Eliasson

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Eliasson’s “Colour activity house” (2010), installed at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan

“I really admire many of today’s designers, but design often seems to lack a sense of performance, whether in a social or political sense, even though this is fundamental to the constitution of an object. And this is a typical question for artists. Art can be very political. For some 30 or 40 years, artworks have no longer been understood as separate, discrete objects, but as things that are always caught up in relations and continual exchanges with other things, people, and places. Basically, if you consider the use or function of an object as well as the idea of design as performance, you can involve people in a different way, which makes it much more interesting.”