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In Contact catalog of Olafur Exhibition, Fondation Vuitton, Paris.


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In Contact, catalogue de l'exposition d'Olafur Eliasson, Paris, Fondation Vuitton, 2014.


Unfortunately “common sense,” here as elsewhere, is a poor guide. For neither the schema of space, nor that of time, appear continuous: levels of reality do not nestle one within the other like Russian dolls. It cannot be said that the small or the short lie within the large or the long, in the sense that the largest or the longest contain them but with just “fewer details.” This metaphor emerges from the optics of photography, from the zoom created by the use of a lens aptly called “telescopic.” In fact, one might almost posit a rule: good artists do not believe in zoom effects.


Republished in Michael Tavel Clarke & David Wittenberg Scale in literature and culture, Palgrave, London, 2017 pp-93-101