Olafur Eliasson is a Danish-Icelandic artist whose work focuses on the current climate emergency. Using materials such as air, ice, and water, his work aims to provoke a sensory and emotional reaction in the viewer. In doing so, he creates an affective relationship between the human and non-human components of his work, illustrating our position embedded in the world around us. Elisson’s interdisciplinary research and design team draws upon philosophy, ecology, music, physics, and anthropology, to name just a few. Fair to say, his interactive exhibitions have stimulated the curiosity of gallery-goers young and old!
Operating at the intersection of technology and biology, architect and designer Neri Oxman is calling for a fundamental shift in the way we design and construct the built environment, from consuming Nature to augmenting her. She also set up the Mediated Matter group at MIT.
With Material Ecology, Oxman has pioneered a field that promotes previously impossible opportunities for design; informing how buildings and products are made and how their shape and material composition may perform in harmony with the ecosystems they inhabit.