Tate Modern Exhibition

Olafur Eliasson: Little Sun

Olafur Eliasson and Frederik Ottesen, Little Sun, 2012

Olafur Eliasson, the Danish-Icelandic artist who created the weather project at Tate Modern in 2003, brings a new project to Tate Modern this summer. Developed over the last two years, Little Sun is a work of art that brings solar-powered light to off-grid areas of the world.

Olafur Eliasson: Little Sun will feature a space on the third floor of the gallery, where visitors can learn about solar power, the global energy challenge, light and its importance in and for life. It will also include a special set-up for people to create light graffiti using the Little Sun and offer the opportunity to buy a lamp for £16.50. Charging stations will be located at the North and West entrances to Tate Modern.

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Olafur Eliasson Your Light Movement

Related Little Sun events will include late night blackout events in the Surrealism galleries at Tate Modern and the premiere of 16 short films on light, life, and Little Sun by filmmakers from off-grid areas around the world.

Little Sun Films

This series of short films was created by eighteen internationally acclaimed filmmakers from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and South America whom Eliasson invited to respond to his Little Sun solar-powered lamp. The collected film material, shot in a range of formats and styles, has been edited into short films by Jacob Thuesen under the supervision of Olafur Eliasson and Tine Fischer. These address local phenomena, atmospheres, occasions, or personal feelings, and relate to life, light, and energy access in broad artistic terms.

Participating filmmakers

Mauro Andrizzi, Edwin, Hawa Essuman, Julio Hernández-Cordón, Khavn, Natasha Mendonca, Alejo Moguillansky, Omelga Mthiyane, Peter Tukei Muhumuza, Sherman Ong, Peru Ana Ana Peru, Kivu Ruhorahoza, Oscar Ruiz Navia, Dominga Sotomayor, Anocha Suwichakornpong, Susan Youssef and Man Kit Lam

On 15 September there will be a special screening of the Little Sun Films at 22:00 in the presence of the artist and the filmmakers.

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Olafur Eliasson: Little Sun

Tate Modern

London SE1 9TG
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28 July – 23 September 2012

Related events

  • Tate Modern
    Special event

    Olafur Eliasson: Tate Blackouts

    Every Sat, 28 Jul – 8 Sep 2012
    A series of late night Blackout events relating to Olafur Eliasson's Little Sun at Tate Modern July to September 2012
  • Tate Modern

    Little Sun films: special screening

    15 Sep 2012

    Special screening of the Little Sun films in the presence of the artist and the filmmakers.

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