> For Carsten Höller, the experience of sliding is best summed up
> in a phrase by the French writer Roger Caillois
> as a ‘voluptuous panic upon an otherwise lucid mind’.
> The slides are impressive sculptures in their own right,
> and you don’t have to hurtle down them to appreciate this artwork.
> What interests Höller, however,
> is both the visual spectacle of watching people sliding
> and the ‘inner spectacle’ experienced by the sliders themselves,
> the state of simultaneous delight and anxiety that you enter as you descend.
> To date Höller has installed six smaller slides in other galleries
> and museums, but the cavernous space of the Turbine Hall offers
> a unique setting in which to extend his vision.
> Yet, as the title implies, he sees it as a prototype for an even larger enterprise,
> in which slides could be introduced across London, or indeed, in any city.
> How might a daily dose of sliding affect the way we perceive the world?
> Can slides become part of our experiential and architectural life?
Carsten Höller (airdeparis.com) [Link]
Artist Bio – Carsten Höller (Carnegie International) [Link]