When “In Real Life” Happens To You In Real Life

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 narrow hallway filled with orange and yellow mist. My hand holds up a brochure from the exhibition.
Exhibition booklet for “In Real Life”.
A person, barely visible, walking through the orange and yellow mist of the narrow hallway.
Inside the corridor of the install for “Your Blind Passenger”.
Selfie with yellow and orange hues glowing in the background.
2014 piece called “Stardust particle” – a geometric, disco-like ball which hangs in the hallway outside the entrance to the exhibit
“Stardust particle” projects onto the walls of the Tate.

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.

View looking up at my own reflection in a giant mirror installed on the ceiling.
“How do we live together?” provides a disorienting reflection.
Rainbow mist against a dark wall.
An Olafur Eliasson classic, “Rainbow assembly”
Two people observe the rainbow mist.

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