So I flew to London last night to see this show…
And today was in a jet lagged haze of smoke and lamps inside a heated indoor sun simulation at the Tate Modern.
I’ve been waiting and wishing to see this show ever since learning of Olafur Eliassion’s 2003 show of a simulated sun in “The Weather Project” set inside the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern. Back in 2003 I didn’t even know about the artist or the show, but when I studied his indoor weather simulations in college I knew I would find a way to see them someday (like time travel? alternate universe?) I believed and believed and I followed his work in New York and Iceland until finally I heard about his new show “In Real Life”, happening in 2019 and again at the Tate.
This is a 16 year anniversary celebration with elements and repeats from the 2003 weather show and other exhibitions, and I finally got to experience it, as titled, “In Real Life.”
A press quote about the ceiling mirror: “The installation destabilizes viewer’s perception of space as they pass beneath it.”
Yeah, all of his stuff is destabilizing.