Olafur Eliasson & Ma Yansong’s Feelings Are Facts exhibition at UCCA
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‘Feelings are facts’, the result of a first time
collaboration between danish-icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and chinese architect Ma Yansong / MAD,
which challenges our everyday patterns of spatial orientation. vision functions as our primary default
sense for navigation, but within this installation, insecurity is induced on visitors initially,
reducing visibility, suggesting the need to invent new models for perception.

This site-specific project, located within the big hall of ullens center for contemporary art (UCCA),
beijing is based on a series of previous experiments by eliasson, which deal with atmospheric density.
here, eliasson introduces condensed banks of artificially produced fog into the gallery,
shimmering with an artificial light spectrum, created using arrays of red, green and blue fluorescent lamps.
this illusion in light is not something we find in nature, however, as one walks through the space,
the sights and sensations experience become real.

Dimensions are further altered by the substantial lowering of the ceiling along with a nearly
60 meter long curving, inclined wooden floor space which ma yansong has created within
the installation room. the sloping floor challenges visitors to readjust their balance,
forcing them to constantly shift their weight and body posture to counterbalance the inclination.
this emphasizes the important role of the moving body in the perception of our surroundings.
the further visitors venture into the space, the steeper the floors get, reaching the point in which
it becomes a wave-like curved wall. since the ceiling imitates this construction, a seemingly
boundless space is discerned above.