From his score to Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette a decade ago to his Emmy award-winning theme tune to Jill Solway's acclaimed comedy series Transparent, Dustin O'Halloran is a boundless source of inspiration to many. Augmented by solo releases such as Lumiere and music projects such as A Winged Victory for the Sullen, O'Halloran is a Berlin-based composer and pianist you really should know about.

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Dustin nominated the Icelandic artist Elín Hansdóttir as his current source of inspiration:

Elin was one of the first people I met when I moved to Berlin. I’ve always been impressed with her work and it’s been very interesting seeing it evolve over the years. 

Her work can be experienced at different levels; it’s sophisticated yet accessible. With simple gestures she creates interesting spacial interventions that are visually appealing. She plays with optical illusions, creating disorienting situations and making the viewer doubt their own perception. Her installations force you to physically experience them, pulling you in, and making you part of the work.

I particularly enjoyed her exhibition ‘Suspension of Disbelief’ at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin for which she created an installation inspired by early cinema special effects, such as painting on glass to superimpose images.

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