Meta Isæus-Berlin is one of Sweden’s most prominent artists. Since graduating from the Royal Institute of Art, she has become well-known for her brilliant command of the installation as art. Isæus-Berlin’s work has been exhibited in Italy, Turkey, South Africa, Australia, Sweden, and other countries. A variation on the “Awakening” installation was shown at the “Bo01” exhibition in Malmö, 2001, where it attracted much attention.
Photo by Mikael Olsson
Today, the work "Awakening" is installed in the Atrium at Stockholm School of Economics. It is is a place where faculty, students, and visitors meet up. Up until recently, this meeting place has lacked what a classic meeting place often has: a fountain.
Isæus-Berlin’s uncommon fountain evokes thoughts of overabundance, a concept central to our time. Such overabundance needs to be channeled, and our systems must work so that excess does not lead to chaos. In other words, “Awakening” is a work of art with multiple dimensions that invites multiple readings. With psychological as well as sociological dimensions, it should arouse an abundance of thoughts about our society and economy.
“Awakening” also gives a nod to modernist art history and “Fountain”, Marcel Duchamp’s famous work from 1917. “Fountain” was a “ready-made,” an everyday object that is assigned an identity as a work of art.