Olafur Eliasson, Earth Speakr, 2020.
Earth Speakr is an Augmented Reality (AR) artwork and app by the artist and 2018 Summit speaker Olafur Eliasson, which allows kids to record environmental messages by digitally transplanting their faces into the environment around them. The app is created by Olafur and his studio, kids, creative partners, and a group of researchers and experts, a true multilateral artwork – featuring an app and a website available in 25 languages – to amplify kids’ hopes and concerns on climate change, promoting cross-generational exchange across Europe and beyond. Over 500,000 people (kids from 70 countries) have collectively taken part in Earth Speakr since it launched in July 2020 on the occasion of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU 2020.
Olafur comments, "Art and culture provide a space, a meeting point, to connect and share perspectives, while celebrating differences. When engaging with a work of art you can gain a sense of feeling listened to, seeing your ideas reflected in the form and structure of an artwork. To me this two-way exchange is essential. Earth Speakr is an artwork made by kids who express themselves creatively about the climate and their own future. The artwork invites you to listen to their brilliant, funny, and, not surprisingly, heartbreakingly honest messages."
Click here to download the app.
Read more about Earth Speakr here.
Click here to watch Olafur's 2018 Summit Talk.
Photo credit: Studio Olafur Eliasson.