Friday, 19 June 2015

The Best "Decision" You'll Ever Make...

Inverted vision goggles at the "Decision" exhibition, London

Hey everyone!

I don't think I've ever been this excited to tell you guys about something I've been up to...
I have not stopped talking about this insane exhibition since I went there on Monday - every person has had to listen to me rant about how it's "so mind blowing" and "you just have to go there"! 
(It is true though...)

The man behind all of the fuss is Carsten Höller, a European artist whose main focus in his art is on the personal experience of the public. This is definitely the heart and soul of "Decision", Höller's largest exhibition in London as of yet.

You are not mere observers of the exhibition, you are part of the exhibition.

Ticket to the "Decision" exhibition
Front of the Hayward Gallery, London
Slides at the "Decision" exhibition

After being terribly distracted by the dolphin-like screams and laughter coming from the unnervingly steep slides, you enter the exhibition with a decision to make. Door A or door B?

You walk through pitch black winding tunnels with no hint as to whether you're about climb up, fall down or be attacked by a bunch of ninjas with swords.
(Okay that last one didn't happen but it's totally plausible, right?)

Dark tunnels at the "Decision" exhibition, London
Dark tunnels from above at the "Decision" exhibition, London

Once completing the tunnel maze and more or less making it safely out the other side (I do have a few battle scars), you come into an open room with a interactive dissected mushroom. 

Because why not?

Dissected mushroom art at the "Decision" exhibition, London

In the next room, red and white pills drop painfully slowly (every three seconds to be exact) from a hole in the ceiling into a pool on the floor. These pills will just keep on dropping for the remainder of the exhibition as a visual marker of time passing. Höller's idea behind the Pill Clock is he believes three seconds is the length of time in which it is possible to create the impression of presence.

Pills at the "Decision" exhibition, London
Pills at the "Decision" exhibition, London

The real fun started when we were told we could actually eat the pills...

Pills at the "Decision" exhibition, London
Pills at the "Decision" exhibition, London

Another clock related piece was Höller's attempt to create the most complicated clock on earth.
That's ambition if there ever was!

Brain clock at the "Decision" exhibition, London

Roaming robot beds awaited us in the next room, eerily moving around the gallery like something from the future. You can actually "rent" one of these beds overnight (only a £300 price tag), if you're looking for a unique night's sleep. 

The idea behind this is to create uncertainty for the sleepers - they cannot be sure that they will wake up in the same place they went to sleep. In fact they cannot be sure where they'll wake up at all.

Robot beds at the "Decision" exhibition, London
Robot beds at the "Decision" exhibition, London

Speaking of things from the future...

Video goggles at the "Decision" exhibition, London

Let me tell you about the next crazy thing Carsten Höller had in store for us.
The Forests is a dual-screen video that is experienced through a 3D headset and headphones. The viewer is transported into a dark, snowy forest while the headset projects slightly different videos to each eye. It's quite disorientating and just generally quite strange but well worth spending time doing. 

Video goggles at the "Decision" exhibition, London
Video goggles at the "Decision" exhibition, London
Video goggles at the "Decision" exhibition, London

A few smaller parts of the exhibition caught our eye too - I wish I could tell you about everything we saw but that would leave no element of surprise for you.

You'll just have to go down and check it out for yourself - simple as that!

Art at the "Decision" exhibition, London

Twins is a TV-based piece where twins from around the world address each other with a series of contradicting sentences or songs. For each city that Höller's art is exhibited in, he adds a new set of twins from that place. So far there are seven - Brussels, London, New York, Paris, Santiago de Chile, Tokyo & Vienna... Will yours be next?!

Twins videos at the "Decision" exhibition, London

We headed on to find a giant adult-sized play ground waiting around the corner...

Giant dice at the "Decision" exhibition, London
Going inside the giant dice at the "Decision" exhibition, London
Going inside the giant dice at the "Decision" exhibition, London
Inside the giant dice at the "Decision" exhibition, London
Mirror selfie at the "Decision" exhibition, London

So much fun. SO MUCH FUN. I can't say it enough.

Next up was a highly anticipated part of the exhibition, Two Flying Machines.
Visitors are strapped into harnesses and shot out over the courtyard and Waterloo Bridge, getting some pretty funny stares from the people on the footpath below but taking in some pretty sweet views.

Flying at the "Decision" exhibition, London
Flying at the "Decision" exhibition, London
Two Flying Machines at "Decision" exhibition, London
Two Flying Machines at "Decision" exhibition, London
Two Flying Machines at "Decision" exhibition, London

And then it was my turn...

Ready to fly at the "Decision" exhibition, London
Two Flying Machines at "Decision" exhibition, London

I'm flying Jack!

Two Flying Machines at "Decision" exhibition, London

After being on a complete high from flying (excuse the pun), we made our way to the Upside Down Goggles. These bad boys invert your vision via a mirrored lens, causing extreme confusion and hilarious entertainment for onlookers.

Inverted vision goggles at the "Decision" exhibition, London
Inverted vision goggles at the "Decision" exhibition, London
Inverted vision goggles at the "Decision" exhibition, London

The only thing that looks normal to those wearing the goggles is the inverted Hayward Gallery sign - see if you can spot it in the third picture at the start of this post...

Inverted vision goggles at the "Decision" exhibition, London

Plus they give you bug eyes which is laughter-inducing in itself. 
Lookin' goooood Asta!

Inverted vision goggles at the "Decision" exhibition, London
Inverted vision goggles at the "Decision" exhibition, London
Inverted vision goggles at the "Decision" exhibition, London

Just to make us feel even more reminiscent for our childhood, there was a glorious game of memory. 
Höller took 31 images of a fun fair and digitally altered them, with the originals being printed on one side of the card and the altered images on the other.

Memory match game at the "Decision" exhibition, London
Memory match game at the "Decision" exhibition, London

Sadly, our time at the exhibition had come to end (anyone want to go again with me?!), but there was still one fun activity to come...

Walking to the slides at the "Decision" exhibition, London
Spiral slide exit at the "Decision" exhibition, London
Spiral slide exit at the "Decision" exhibition, London

Coolest. Exit. Ever.

           

We were in need for some serious refuelling after all of that fun so we stopped by Four Corners Café on Lower Marsh for lunch. Not sure why had I never been there before, it's super cool!
Pair it with a visit to the exhibition and you'll have yourself a mighty fine day out.

Breakfast at Four Corners, London
Lunch at Four Corners, London

"Decision" is on until 6th September in the Hayward Gallery on Southbank. It's an absolute must-see so I would strongly advice buying tickets before they all sell out! Grab them here.

Have a lovely weekend!

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