Carsten Holler Hayward Gallery
48 images Created 10 Jun 2015
Carsten Höller: Decision is the artist’s largest survey show in the UK to date. It immerses visitors in a series of experimental environments, exploring perception and decision making. Over the past 20 years Holler has created devices, vehicles and situations that alter visitors’ physical and psychological states. Carsten Höller: Decision offers visitors the chance to see the world upside-down, experience uncanny bodily sensations and soar above London’s traffic in a flying machine. Hoping to ‘induce hallucinations, in the widest sense’ Höller has populated the gallery with disorientating objects and installations, including giant revolving mushrooms and two robotically-engineered beds that – day and night – roam the exhibition like a pair of restless, insomniac twins. It culminates in the artist’s Isomeric Slides. Accessed from Hayward Gallery’s roof, these slides turn ordinary gallery activity on its head. In a setting usually reserved for contemplation, Höller’s slides are an invitation to lose control. A slide, Höller has remarked, is both ‘a sculpture that you can travel inside’ and a ‘device for experiencing a unique condition somewhere between delight and madness’. The exhibition runs from Wednesday 10 June – Sunday 6 September 2015 at the Haywayrd Gallery, London, UK. 09 June 2015.