That includes his past as a Nordic hip-hop champ. In the course of our interview Eliasson has not shown the slightest sign of an inclination to bust a move; the closest he comes to emoting (or even to smiling) is when he raises one corner of his mouth an eighth of an inch or so. Generally he keeps any overt dynamism confined to his art. But not always.
“Once in a while,” Grynsztejn says, “at an opening, if he’s feeling happy and loose, Olafur might move his body in a certain way where you’ll see a ghostly remembrance of a break-dancing teenager. He’ll break out of character just for one minute. It’s a delightful thing to see.”