An altered experience in which art becomes a tool for reflection
Carsten Höller’s artworks often induce a state of disorientation or uncertainty in visitors, which he proposes is a productive state of the mind and gave this exhibition its title, “Doubt”. Directly engaging the viewer in his art, Höller’s practice revolves around the search for new ways of inhabiting our world. His work summons upon different states of mind: joy, illusion, and of course, “doubt”, which opens the door to new ways of perceiving reality. The exhibition, curated by Vicente Todolí, unfolds along twinned, parallel paths, demanding sensory participation and perceptual focus on part of the viewers. The visitors themselves can choose how to approach the exhibition and which path to take.
“Doubt” includes more than twenty large-scale works, aligned along the middle axis of the space. This alignment of work forms a central dividing wall, where visitors will see/experience only half of a given work, until they encounter the other half on the other side. Large-scale installations, videos and photographs play with the spatial and temporal coordinates of the exhibition venue, charting a course between symmetry, duplication and reversal.
The exhibition layout alternates works that draw on optical experiments – like Upside-Down Goggles (1994 – ongoing), in which the artist invites visitors to see the world bottom-up – with others that are as playful in nature, likeTwo Flying Machines (2015), in which visitors can experience the sensation of flight or Double Carousel (2011), a merry-go-round for adults that gives a sense of euphoria and amazement.
The exhibition also includes Two Roaming Beds (Grey) (2015), made up of two beds that drift endlessly through the space, and Yellow/Orange Double Sphere (2016), a hanging light-based work composed of two concentric, flickering colored spheres, one inside the other, which interacts with Marquee (2015), a piece by Philippe Parreno from the exhibition previously on view at Pirelli HangarBicocca, “Hypothesis”.
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April 7 – July 31, 2016
Thurs-Sun: 10:00am to 10:00pm