“The Florence Experiment” at Palazzo Strozzi, Carsten Höller in Florence

This spring-summer Palazzo Strozzi will host The Florence Experiment, a new site-specific project devised by celebrated German artist Carsten Höller and plant neurobiologist Stefano Mancuso, curated by Arturo Galansino, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi Director General.

 

"The Florence Experiment" at Palazzo Strozzi, Carsten Höller © Martino Margheri

“The Florence Experiment” at Palazzo Strozzi, Carsten Höller © Martino Margheri

 

Connecting internal and external spaces of the famed Renaissance palace, The Florence Experiment will comprise two experiences – monumental, intertwined slides will spiral visitors down a height of twenty metres, and a ‘live’ analysis of the impact of human emotion on plant growth. The project has been designed to further our understanding of ecology – not only as respect for nature, but as the awareness of empathy between man and his botanical environment. (more…)

Sensory and intellectual stimulation at “Carsten Höller: Decision”

This major exhibition at Hayward Gallery presents a wide range of Holler’s works, from newly-made pieces that have been especially commissioned. It brings together kinetic sculptures, videos, installations and light works that are designed to profoundly re-orientate our awareness of time and space, reflecting Holler’s wide-ranging interest in the nature of consciousness.

 

Installation View Carsten Höller l Decision, Hayward Gallery, London 2015. Courtesy of the artist, Photo © Linda Nylind

Installation View Carsten Höller l Decision, Hayward Gallery, London 2015. Courtesy of the artist, Photo © Linda Nylind

 

On entering Carsten Holler: Decision visitors become part of the exhibition, their varied actions and reactions as vital to the artist, and to other visitors, as the works themselves. While many of the works are participatory and immersive – transforming the visitors’ physical and mental experience in ways that lead them to question their habitual perceptions – they also encourage reflection. As Holler states, ‘it’s possible to experience the work through other people, to see it from the outside, or to just contemplate it’. (more…)