TBA21 with Olafur Eliasson
Green light – An artistic workshop

Edited by Daniela Zyman and Eva Ebersberger

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary


In the face of the ever restrictive legal and social obstacles for refugees and asylum seekers to access education and the labor market—and thus social life in their new environments, Green light expresses itself both as a comment and an active response. Like the project initiated by Olafur Eliasson in collaboration with TBA21, the Green light publication aims to test out questions of what comes after the arrival, what new communities are we forging to accommodate the future. How to think and enact collectively produced shared spaces and processes of learning toward a pluralist society to come?


The book includes critical essays and texts written by the artist and the institution interweaved with testimonies, stories, and memories shared by the Green light participants—asylum seekers and migrants from countries including Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Eritrea, Somalia, Tajikistan, and Nigeria. Sharing the meaning of what the participation in the artistic workshop represents to each individually, these accounts unfold the worlds created throughout and around Green light while unraveling a coming together of the everyday, political, personal, artistic, past, future in newly fabricated relations.


Contributions by Atif Akin, Philipp Bauer, Ibrahim Al Bayati, Anas Aljajeh, Tahajud Alghrabi, Naima Ali, Milad Amiri, Mohammad Amiry, Marianna Amon, Murtaza Azimi, Ian Cion, Angela Dimitrakaki, Olafur Eliasson, Paul Feigelfeld, Francesca von Habsburg, Husseyin Haj Hassan, Liya Kasa, Homa Khosravi, Timothy Morton, Armen Muse, Sandra Noeth, Ahmet Ögüt, Boris Ondreicka, Zialuhauq Oryakhel, Kelvin Osazuwa, Johannes Porsch, Alarabi Rabhi, Emran Ali Rahimi, Clemens Rettenbacher, Andreas Roepstorff, David Rych, Rasha Salti, Saber Sawari, Markus Schlüter, Anna Schmoll, Georg Schöllhammer, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Issa Shafaei, Anahita Tabrizi, Qasim Tahmasebi, Alison Weaver, David Weidinger, Franziska Sophie Wildförster, Nira Yuval-Davis, Daniela Zyman.



Design by Studio Folder (Marco Ferrari, Elisa Pasqual, Alessandro Busi, Aaron Gillett, Francesca Lucchitta)

May 2017, English
165 x 240 mm
Hardcover, 272 pages
Sternberg Press, Berlin
ISBN 978-3-95679-333-2
EUR 29