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Uploaded on Mar 28, 2017
Our ‘experience’ is the primary ‘material’ Carsten Höller manipulates as an artist. He aims to alter how we perceive the world and spark the senses in new ways. Inspired by his work as a biologist, Höller uses the museum to make scientific and philosophical experiments that reshape our expectations about art and produce unexpected outcomes.
To slide is to experience ‘a kind of voluptuous panic upon an otherwise lucid mind’, says Höller recalling the words of sociologist Roger Caillois, eliciting ‘an emotional state somewhere between delight and madness’. The sensations generated by sliding are central to his work and we are invited to observe our own experience of fear, anticipation and excitement as we hurtle through space.