Die innere Konkurrenz

Carsten Höller
May 6 – July 2, 2005
Trapezoid Swinging Room, 2005 (interior) 
Alucobond wall and ceiling panels, aluminum frame, steel cables, aluminumsurfaced pressed-Wood flooring and stair panels, neon tubes, cables, aluminum base with removable legs, Connector clamps
360 x 500 x 900 cm
Pedestal height: 140 cm


Photo © Attilio Maranzano

Trapezoid Swinging Room, 2005 (interior) 
Alucobond wall and ceiling panels, aluminum frame, steel cables, aluminumsurfaced pressed-Wood flooring and stair panels, neon tubes, cables, aluminum base with removable legs, Connector clamps
360 x 500 x 900 cm
Pedestal height: 140 cm


Photo © Attilio Maranzano

Trapezoid Swinging Room, 2005 (exterior) 
Alucobond wall and ceiling panels, aluminum frame, steel cables, aluminumsurfaced pressed-Wood flooring and stair panels, neon tubes, cables, aluminum base with removable legs, Connector clamps
360 x 500 x 900 cm
Pedestal height: 140 cm


Photo © Attilio Maranzano

Trapezoid Swinging Room, 2005 (exterior) 
Alucobond wall and ceiling panels, aluminum frame, steel cables, aluminumsurfaced pressed-Wood flooring and stair panels, neon tubes, cables, aluminum base with removable legs, Connector clamps
360 x 500 x 900 cm
Pedestal height: 140 cm


Photo © Attilio Maranzano

MATERIAL ZU: Dreifach Verzögerter Infrarot Raum (Three-fold Delayed Infrared Room), 2004
1 Infrared camera, 3 infrared lamps, 3 + 1 (back-up) computers, 3 Sony XCD-X710 infrared cameras On tripods, 3 beamers, firewire cables, 1 TFT monitor, 1 keyboard
Dimensions variable

Photo © Attilio Maranzano

Original exhibition invitation (recto) 

Die innere Konkurrenz

Carsten Höller
May 6 – July 2, 2005
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The reopening of the gallery with the fourth solo exhibition by Carsten Höller marks the end of our five-month reconstruction phase. The architectural changes completed during this period were overseen by the London architects Caruso St. John whose design has expanded the former exhibition space while adding another room. Carsten Höller will be showing two large installations which question what we take for granted in the perception of ourselves and our surroundings and in the relationships we establish with them.

 

In the front room, the viewer can enter the Trapezoid Swinging Room (2005), although one has to crouch to reach a staircase in the base of the structure leading up into the room. As the walls are made from Alucobond and the floor is covered with aluminum plate, one finds oneself in a continuous metal body, illuminated by a single UV-neon lamp shedding bluish light. Since the four walls and the ceiling of the Trapezoid Swinging Room are suspended from the ceiling of the exhibition space and do not touch the floor, the construction moves very easily and swings when lightly touched. Visitors, attempting to offset the movement of the room by moving their bodies, experience dizziness, augmented through the trapezoid construction with its inclined walls and ceiling. Children under five years of age tend to fall down, since they orient themselves almost exclusively through sight. With older children and adults, the proprioception dependant on gravitation competes with visual information, and their sense of balance is disturbed.

 

In the smaller adjoining room, Three-Fold Delayed Infrared Room (2004/05) also creates a conflict between seeing and sensing. People in the room are filmed with three infrared cameras. In this closed-circuit system, the images are projected onto the wall via three projectors, albeit with a slight time delay that slowly increases and decreases. Since the temporal dynamic and amplitude of the three projections differ, viewers see themselves in three different times that never synchronize. They tend to believe in the projections they see more than to trust their sense of time passing. Invariably one identifies with the projection that comes closest to real time, only until this projection's delay increases, whereupon one turns to yet another projection that seems close to real time. One experiences a triply split present with a constantly shifting division in relation to one's own self. 

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