Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Carsten Höller's Slides; "voluptuous panic upon an otherwise lucid mind"

Remember the sickly yellow colored macaroni playground slide from your childhood? The slide that was superior to all others- predominant in the prototypical idea of what a kid wants. Carsten Höller, a Belgian artist has recreated this infamous slide and regenerated the concept of a slide to question human behavior, perception and logic. His slides complexly offer art pertaining to three different kinds of senses. The eye; because of the beautiful sculpture-esque view of the slide, touch; for the literal experience of gliding down the often three stories of slide, and the mind; pertaining to the experience of self exploration. His slides, which have been installed in at least six various galleries and venues, are also used as Miuccia Prada's exit out of her main office.

Miuccia Prada's slide shown above ^