Artwork © Carsten Höller. Photoghraphy by Rob McKeever. Courtesy Gagosian.
Carsten Höller applies his training as a scientist to his work as an artist, concentrating particularly on the nature of human relationships. Major installations include Flying Machine (1996), an interactive work in which viewers are strapped into a harness and hoisted through the air; Test Site (2006), a series of giant slides installed in the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall; Amusement Park (2006), a large installation at MASS MoCA of full-sized carnival midway rides operating at dramatically slowed speeds; The Double Club (2008–09), a work designed to create a dialogue between Congolese and Western culture in the form of a London bar, restaurant, and nightclub; and Upside—Down Goggles, an ongoing participatory experiment with vision distortion through goggles. Höller’s Revolving Hotel Room, a rotating installation which became a fully operational hotel room by night, was featured by the Guggenheim’s “theanyspacewhatever” exhibition (2008–09).
Carsten Höller was born in 1961 in Brussels, Belgium to German parents. Institutional exhibitions include the 50th Biennale di Venezia (2003); “One Day One Day,” Färgfabriken, Stockholm (2003); 7th Biennale de Lyon (2003); “Half Fiction,” Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2003); “7,8 Hz,” Le Consortium, Dijon (2004); “Une exposition à Marseille,” Musée d'Art Contemporain, Marseille (2004); 51st Biennale di Venezia (2005); “Test Site,” Tate Modern, London (2006); “Amusement Park,” MASS MoCA, Massachusetts (2006); “Carrousel,” Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2008); “The Double Club,” Fondazione Prada, London (2008); 28th Bienal de São Paulo (2008); “Double Slide,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (2009); 53rd Biennale di Venezia (2009); 8th Gwangju Biennale (2010); “Divided Divided,” Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2010); “Soma,” Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2010); “Double Carousel with Zöllner Stripes,” Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, Italy (2011); “Experience,” New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2011); 11th Sharjah Biennale (2013); “LEBEN,” Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna (2014); 8th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2014); 10th Gwangju Biennale (2014); “Golden Mirror Carousel,” National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2014–15); 56th Biennale di Venezia (2015); “Decision,” Hayward Gallery, London (2015); “Doubt,” Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan (2016); and “Video Retrospective with Two Light Machines,” Mu.ZEE, Belgium (2017).
The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit (2016), Höller's commissioned addition to Anish Kapoor's ArcelorMittal Orbit (2012), is permanently installed at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. This fall, a new monumental slide will be installed permanently at the Aventura Mall in Florida.
Höller currently lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden, and Biriwa, Ghana.