October 17, 2011

Carsten Höller

Installation view @ Air de Paris, Paris

The jerry can is filled with gas; if one rides the tricycle, the match burns the wick...

excerpt from wiki:

Höller's artistic practice reflects the interaction between work and public in various ways, often chemically analyzing the nature of human emotions. His avid interest in duality harks back to the start of his career, when Höller designed a series of works with the Rosemarie Trockel, actually doubling himself up in another creator. Other examples include an exhibition in which Höller and Maurizio Cattelan presented a series of identical works at two different Paris galleries, removing all differences of style or ownership[11]; and his exhibition "One Day One Day" (2003) at the Färgfabriken in Stockholm, where two works were shown opposite each other and changed every day without the public’s knowledge.[12] His explorations often involve playful elements such as in Sliding Doors (2003), a series of electronic sliding doors with a mirrored surface through which the audience passes in a seemingly endless passage.[13] In 2008, he opened the restaurant/nightclub "The Double Club" in London in collaboration with Germano Celant and Fondazione Prada for a six-month period. 50% of its profits were donated to a charity that generates specialised projects to help abused women and children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.[14] In 2008, Höller installed The Revolving Hotel Room, a hotel room for two, as part of an exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum, New York.[15] At his 2010 show at the Hamburger Bahnhof, visitors could paid 1,000 euros ($1,370) for a night on an exposed circular platform perched above 12 castrated reindeer, 24 canaries, eight mice and two flies.[16] In Psycho Tanks (2011), visitors float weightlessly on the surface of a sensory deprivation pool, providing a strange out-of-body experience.[17]

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