Carsten Höller: Decision is the artist’s largest survey show in the UK to date.
The exhibition, which sprawls across Hayward Gallery and erupts beyond its roof and walls, explores perception and decision making.
Confronting visitors with a series of choices, it features mirrors, disconcerting doubles and mysterious objects which together create an impression of a world where nothing is quite as it seems.
Born in Belgium to German parents, Höller trained as a scientist – gaining an advanced degree in agricultural entomology – before becoming an artist.
Over the past 20 years Höller has created experiential installations, participatory artworks and immersive environments.
These often feature disorientating architecture and perception-altering devices, which Holler refers to as 'artificial limbs for parts of your body that you don't even know you've lost'.
Believing that 'people are often more powerful than artworks', Holler sees his work as 'incomplete' without visitor interaction. Under Höller, Hayward Gallery is transformed into a platform – part laboratory, part playground – dedicated solely to human experience.
Carsten Höller lives and works in Stockholm. His 2006 installation Test Site saw the artist install a series of giant slides in the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall.
His solo shows include Experience at the New Museum, New York (2011), Carrouselat the Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2008) and Half Fiction at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2003).
Wednesday 10 June – Sunday 6 September
Monday 12 noon – 6pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 7pm (Saturday and Sunday 10am – 8pm from 25 July)
Late night Thursday and Friday, 11am – 8pm
Extended hours from Sunday 30 August
Monday – Wednesday, 11am – 9pm
Thursday – Friday, 11am – 10pm
Saturday – Sunday, 10am – 10pm
This exhibition invites visitors to participate in ways that may not be accessible to all and some exhibits are subject to weather. Please check restrictions before booking.
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*Supporter tickets include a small voluntary donation. If you are a UK taxpayer and are able to Gift Aid your donation, we can reclaim the tax you have paid on the whole ticket price, not just the donation. Southbank Centre is a registered charity No 298909.
The money raised through donations on supporter tickets, and the Gift Aid that we claim on these tickets, will help us let the light back into the Hayward Gallery by refurbishing the pyramid roof lights, making the most of the original architecture and enabling us to exhibit a wider range of work.