HÖller, an experimental Belgian artist who originally worked as a scientist, has built his international reputation on artworks as varied as a museum filled with reindeer fed on hallucinogenic mushrooms, to a fully functioning guerilla nightclub in north
"Throughout the show I think there will be works that are very much to do with perceptual psychology and the often unconscious decisions we make in terms of how our perception structures the world around us. Carsten's often said he's very interested in embracing uncertainty- not in being uncertain but in making uncertainty this fertile state where you are open to suggestions because you aren't committed to a particular decision already."
He continued: "I hope this will introduce people to the nuances of Carsten's work because sometimes his work is quite subtle and I think he is one of those artists who because of this huge turbine hall sensation he created, has almost been indelibly associated in the minds of Londoners with this type of spectacular work and yet he's done many different types of things. A lot of his work is really about the psychology of making decision- what happens when you don't know something, how do you move forward, how do you make connections in the dark."
Rugoff said he was already working closely with HÖller on the exhibition, and that the artist was keen to utilise the structure of the Hayward gallery, having been a long-time lover of the building as a piece of brutalist architecture. While the famous carousel which formed the centrepiece of HÖller's 2011 retrospective in
He said: "We also will be doing things out on the three different terraces of the Hayward so the show will open up to the outdoors as well. Carsten is completely involved in every decision, including the fact that right now we are thinking of doing something completely different with the catalogue that I don't think has ever been done for an exhibition, but I can't tell you exactly what it it.
"Carsten's one of these artists who is always testing what it is possible to make, so there are some things that would involve some very unusual experiences. One would be that some visitors might fall asleep in one location and wake up in another. I don't know any other artist who thinks the way Carsten does and has this kind of playfulness."
He added: "Having this as the final exhibition before the gallery shuts gives us the potential freedom to take a few liberties with the building that we might not normally be able to take."
The Hayward also announced the other two exhibitions that would make up its final programme before the gallery temporarily closes in
Rosenthal said: "I wanted to pick some of the most interesting and relevant voices in the
The Hayward will also embrace the General election in May next year as a political backdrop to its spring 2015 exhibition, currently with the working title Britain Can Make It, which will open in February. The show will see six individual artists -
The issues explored in the exhibition, said Rugoff, ranged from the emergence of key social institutions, consumerism, Mad cow disease and the origins of the surveillance state.
Rugoff explained: " I don't think I've ever heard of an exhibition like this, where you have six artists working in parallel but not as a team, each creating their own slice of this particular period of history and coming at it from very different angles. I think it is going to be something that goes beyond just an art show. It's very much about the decision people are going to make in the General election, for us to reflect back on where we've come from and what's happened in the last 70 years and feed into all those discussions about what decision the country is going to make in May."
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