Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson‘s public art work is often open and accessible, like his The Weather Project, featured in the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, where anyone could turn up and bask in the hazy brilliance of a giant glowing orb. You didn’t need a grounding in the classics to appreciate the joy of sitting in front of an orange circle that imitated the sun.
But his video pieces work on a different level. They can be performative and cunning, subtle and complex, with references to other artworks and styles—like his piece Movement Microscope, which looked at the workings of his studio through expressionistic dance. His latest video, Your Light Movement, further uses dance to explore human movement while also looking at our relationship to light. The title makes reference to his earlier work Your Blind Movement.
This time, people draw shapes in the air with his Little Sun solar lamps. Movements are fluid as well as jerky and robotic, as the dancers fling themselves about in the darkened space, continuing Eliasson’s explorations and experimentations with light and our relationship to it.