Carsten Höller: Decision
Hayward Gallery always has the craziest exhibitions! By "crazy", I mean super fun, really interactive art and not crazy crazy. Last time, we went for the Martin Creed exhibition, "What's the point of it?" I think it was before we had this blog but there's a picture on my instagram and you've probably seen it all over social media last year where people could enter into a room full of white balloons and just play around in it. Well anyway, we've been excited for this Decision exhibition for AGES. We actually first heard about Carsten Höller not so long ago when he did an exhibition for Fondazione Prada and when we got to see his work at Frieze London where he transformed a section into a giant playground (link here for our Frieze London post).
The title of this exhibition, "decision" is well suited because you are literally faced with a decision from the moment you enter the exhibition as you must choose between two different entrances, both of them rather dark and scary! You also have to make a decision to play around with the different objects throughout the gallery, such as whether you want to push the giant mushrooms around the room or to "consume" the pills.
Another part of this exhibition we enjoyed was the upside down feeling we experienced from putting on these funny looking goggles. Walking around with this goggle on made you feel like you were kind of hallucinating - what a weird and incredible experience! Just as an example, the Hayward Gallery sign that you see in the photo below is meant to be upside down so that when you look at it with the goggle on, it'll look the right way up. On the roof, you could also find a flying machine where you get to strap on to the machine and look down to the view of London (while flying! Did I mention that?) The queue was pretty long we went though and it looked a little terrifying so we gave that a miss.
If anything, Höller, in my opinion, is most well known for his Isomeric Slides series (maybe you saw one at Tate Modern?) So I guess another decision you could make in this exhibition is whether you'd want to exit through the gift shop (lol) or to go down the slides. Even at the top you are faced with two options and you can go down either one of the slides.