To be published Dec. 13:
Tor Nørretranders and Olafur Eliasson
Light! On light in life and the life in light
A visually moving and verbally hard-hitting criticism of modern light culture will be published in the darkness of December 13 when light starts to be celebrated at the Nordic Lucia day.
Together with artist Olafur Eliasson I have created an entertaining and thought-provoking book. Richly illustrated with the wonderful visual world of Olafur’s, the book is a rupture with low-energy light bulbs, designer lamps, overcast weather in the living room and bad lighting philosophy.
The book has three main strands: A main text (which I wrote); a series of quotes from long wlaks with microphones where Olafur and I discuseed light; and a series of about 70 images from Olafur’s world. Everything in four colours, beatifully printed.
The book is about:
What we see
Incandescent light bulbs
Life on Earth
Our daily food
Colours in the snow
What to do together
How should we light our lives and homes? How can we pay regard to the climate and our quality of life at the same time? Can LED and other new technologies help us? To find the answers, we need to ask what light means to being human.
In words and pictures writer Tor Nørretranders and artist Olafur Eliasson explore darkness and light, shadows and colours, lamps and light quality.
Light! discusses the tremendous possibilities open to us for bringing the light in our lives to life.
Olafur Eliasson (b.1967) is a Danish–Icelandic artist. He creates works that explore how we see light and how it affects us. Their simplicity and clarity derive from Olafur’s philosophical commitment to understanding sensory perception and and how we act in the world.
Tor Nørretranders (b.1955) is a Danish writer. His books explore the way we perceive the world and how it perceives us. The everyday cheerfulness of the language in the books derives from Tor’s theoretical commitment to understanding the nature and scope of knowledge and expression.
The two editions are exctly the same — except from the language.
Both the Danish and English version costs DKK 300 (≈ USD 44 or EUR 41).
204 pages, richly illustrated, hardbound.
Published by Forlaget Tor.dk
Available in bookstores – physical and on the web.