Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Olafur Eliasson's 'Reality machines'

My first weekend in Stockholm happened to be the last one of Olafur Eliasson's exposition 'Reality machines' at Moderna Museet and ArkDes. So it seemed like a good plan to go to Skepsholmen for a cultural day out.

I wasn't the only one who had that idea. The museum was packed with people. Luckily, I arrived early so obtaining a ticket didn't take that long, and the exhibition spaces were not that crowded yet. By noon; though the entrance hall was so crowded you could hardly pass through anymore, and people were drinking coffee and enjoying cake while waiting in queue just to kill time.

I believe strongly that art can change the world. Art has the power to make us question the way we think and the way we see things. Eliasson's installations are a good example of this. His works make us, as he formulates it, "see our own seeing".

One thing I noticed right away is the diversity of the visitors here. I saw people of all ages - from babies and toddlers to pensioned people. I saw people with all kinds of clothing and I heard so many different languages. This was a nice change from the usually very homogeneous formation of museum visitors in Belgium. I especially enjoyed seeing children interact with the art.

Vi ses!



  1. Hi Cathy,
    First of all, and even if not most importantly, I really enjoy your writing style. And impressed with your command of the English language! I do hope you are not missing Monkey too much - or the other way around.

    Good you can reflect on the ups and downs and see them for what they are, and being aware that all those emotions will pass again - the good, the bad and the ugly.

    As for the intercultural I liked your reflection on what you are observing. I would enjoy reading about you having a conversation with them about that and their experience when travelling to other countries, for example.

    I would also enjoying reading more about your internship, or has that not started yet? And what you are learning, contributing,... there and how it is shaping your personal and intercultural experience.

    Hope much of of the good then the challenging!

    1. Thank you very much for the kind feedback!

      My internship has started, and I am working on some posts about my experiences there. However, since everything is new, it seems to cost me quite some time to process things before I am able to put them in words. I hope that is okay.