Carsten Höller, Psycho Tank, 1999. Installation view, “Une exposition a Marseille,” Musee d’Art Contemporain, Marseille, France, 2004. Photo: © Attilio Maranzano
Carsten Hölle, Upside Down Mushroom Room, 2003
Carsten Hölle, Y, 2003. 960 lightbulbs, aluminium, wood, cables, electronic circuitry, light signs, mirrors, approx. 1300 x 860 x 320 cm
"Höller has created a world that is equal parts laboratory and test site, exploring such themes as childhood, safety, love, the future and doubt. His pieces are designed to explore the limits of human sensorial perception and logic through carefully controlled participatory experiences.
The selected works emphasize the experimental quality of Höller’s work and reveal the complex universe of one of the most significant European artists to emerge in the past twenty years. Höller came to prominence alongside a group of artists in the 1990s including Maurizio Cattelan, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Pierre Huyghe, Philippe Parreno, and Rirkrit Tiravanija who worked across disciplines to re-imagine the experience and the space of art. Höller stands out among this group for the manner in which his installations drew on the history and method of scientific experimentation to destabilize the viewer’s perception of space, time, and the concept of self.”