Carsten Höller: Decision

I know you were expecting an Australian post today, but this is too important to wait!

Belgian artist Carsten Höller’s biggest ever show has landed in London.

The instillation turns the Hayward Gallery into a playground.

It’s called “Decision”.

And going to see it is the best decision you’ll make all summer.

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As soon as you arrive, you find yourself at a crossroads and have to make a choice.

Will you take path A or path B?

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Both are as dark (and mildly terrifying) as each other.

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You pick a door and emerge into a metal tunnel.

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It’s light and bright at first, but soon turns dark as you wind your way into the belly of the beast.

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If you ever find your way out, you’ll come across a dissected magic mushroom.

Which contributes to the Wonderland experience!

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All of Höller’s art is designed to be played with.

He doesn’t consider it finished unless it’s being interacted with.

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Further inside, pills drop one by one from above.

Landing in a shuddering puddle below.

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It is deeply satisfying to run your hands through the puddle.

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Robotic beds roam the floors, day and night. (You can book a stay in them, if you like!)

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There are numerous video instillations, including virtual reality, a cinema with a screen on each wall, where you have to turn around to see each side of the conversation, and a hallway of twins, talking to each other.

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Höller asks (with carefully detailed instructions) that you take a seat, hold onto your nose and run a vibrator along your arm, to see how the perception of your nose changes.

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Do you think he nose how silly we all look?

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We found an oversized dice (die? dice? di?…dice).

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And climbed in!

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Met an over stuffed serpent.

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We’ve all been there, buddy!

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And found the source of the dripping pills.

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A box that slowly empties and drops the pills, one by one into the room below.

Mesmerising to watch!

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Outside we got strapped up.

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Climbed up…

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…and took off!

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Now flying was fun (I’ve always wanted to fly, and that experience seriously cemented it as my top superpower, should I ever get to choose one) but nothing compared to the next bit!

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We took a seat, and pulled on our “Upside Down Goggles”.

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What followed was literally the most amusing experience of my life so far.

I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever laughed quite so much, or quite so hard.

I cannot tell you how weird it is to try and navigate, with upside down mirror vision!

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Solid + Striped top (they also make killer bikinis – have included some below)

White denim shorts – HS version // Red loafers

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I desperately need a set of these goggles for my next party!

When you’re sure you’ve seen all there is to see, you make your way over to the slides.

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Slip into a sack and take up your position at the mouth of the snake.

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Hurtle your way down!

And emerge back where you started, at the gallery entrance.

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The cherry on top of the coolest gallery experience, ever.

The show has only just started and runs until September.

Book tickets online (sharpish before it sells out) and go! You will love it. (It’s kid friendly, too.)

We left absolutely beaming, with sore abs from laughing and cheeks that hurt from smiling.

Walked a few steps down to the river, for lunch at Bleecker St Burger.

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Where I had “The Bleecker Black” – a double cheeseburger sandwiching black puddin’.

(Apparently voted “The Best Burger In The World”.)

And Angry Fries.

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Skin-on chips, smothered in blue cheese and hot sauce.

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Tell a friend and get your behinds down to Southbank!

Like I said, it’ll be the best decision you’ll make all summer.

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  • This place genuinely looks amazing.

    Katie x

    http://www.katiejaneonline.com

    • Rosie

      Amazing is probably the perfect word for it, KJ! x

  • tamsingraham

    Oh wow this looks like an awesome experience! I love interactive things and this is right up my street – especially the slide at the end! 🙂

    LittleGlitter.org

    • Rosie

      Me too Tamsin, I think this might mean we’re FULLY in touch with our inner child! 😉

  • This looks like SO much fun! I’ve got to get booking tickets now..! Love the outfit too – your legs seem to go on for ever, and ever – and ever!

    Lauren xx
    The Lifestyle Diaries

    • Rosie

      Let me know if you go Lauren! I’d love to hear how you get on! x

  • I’ve only ever been to interactive science museums, but never an interactive art exhibit! This looks like so much fun 😀 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • Rosie

      God, I love a good science museum!

  • What interesting art! I love the fact that it’s all interactive, it definitely makes it a lot more fun!

    Gemma x
    http://www.thebritishfeather.com (A UK Lifestyle Blog)

    • Rosie

      Agreed!

  • Eva McCartan

    Can you actually go down the slide at the end? Because if you can then i ma there in a heartbeat. Forget alton towers!!

  • Looks like such fun, the news didn’t show it from this angle, definitely next on the activities agenda 🙂

    • Rosie

      Good to hear!

  • This looks fantastic!!!!! Such a variety of craziness, the slide at the end looks a real hoot too! Those angry fries have given me an idea…

    Have a fab weekend Rosie 🙂
    Hugs Adele xoxo

    • Rosie

      Oh my god, if you make some please send me a pic!

  • this looks incredible!!! so happy this coincides with my move to London too. Anything where the exit involves a sack and slide!
    x

    • Rosie

      I want one for my flat!
      How much fun would it make getting up in the morning?!

  • Saanch

    Thank youuu! I just bought it, so excited 🙂

    • Rosie

      Any time Saanch! So pleased to hear! x

  • SarahImogen Teasdale

    I wish you had put the link for the tickets at the top rather than the bottom, I feel like scrolling through all the pictures may have ruined the surprise of the fun! Thanks for sharing though 🙂

    • Charlie

      She put the name of the artist AND exhibition in the title.
      The first paragraph tells you the gallery name.
      Seriously how hard would it have been to go to the website yourself? I can’t stand people who complain about petty, stupid “problems” that are just down to their own idleness.
      #Rantover

      • Rosie

        I think I missed the original comment… everything ok?

  • OK, I need to go. I used to live right next to it and still have never visited the Hayward Gallery! Time to change that! x

    Martha Jane | http://marthajanemusic.blogspot.co.uk

    • Rosie

      One for the list for sure!
      They always have cool stuff on. I think Southbank is a bit of a winner in general.

  • Ceri

    Amazing! Looks like so much fun! Can’t remember the last time I went on a slide – there should be more grown-up sized slides in the world!

    Ceri
    October Eleven

    • Rosie

      I second that, Ceri!

  • That looks like soo much fun! I will definitely be going there in the summer. Brilliant blog post!! x

    chapter-fifty-nine.blogspot.co.uk

    • Rosie

      Thank you! x

  • This is definitely the most fun to be had in an art gallery!

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

    • Rosie

      I wish more artists did the whole interactive thing! I adore it!

  • This looks absolutely amazing! I need to get my friends and me down there asap!

    Nadine x

    http://www.flourishingpetal.com

    • Rosie

      Do it, Nadine!
      Let me know how you get on! x

  • mariel

    what cool art installation, it looks so fun and so much different from so many art galleries especially the slide 🙂

    <3

    http://amelodyofdiaries.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Rosie

      Utterly unique!

  • Maddie L

    I’m going to London next week with my 16 year old daughter and I would love to take her. Do you order tickets ahead? Thank you btw for posting.

    • Rosie

      You’ll both love it, Maddie! Yes make sure you book ahead x

      • Maddie L

        All booked. Thank you. I’ve used your blog for a lot of your dining recommendations and outfits because the weather varies so much there and quite different than Dallas. It was nice to see what you were currently wearing. Thanks again. Love your blog.

  • So excited to have read this! I’ve booked tickets with some friends already. x

    • Rosie

      High five!

  • This looks absolutely amazing!! Definitely need to get there. xxx

    • Rosie

      You really do, M!

  • This is right up my street. I’m not normally a modern installation art kind of girl, but since sitting in a room of nipple beanbags in Singapore I’m converted.

    I’ve just booked!…

    Beanie x
    http://www.blogofbeanie.co.uk

    • Rosie

      Well that sounds interesting! Did you blog it? x

      • You know what I didn’t. It’s hidden away in my iPhoto… Maybe it’s time for it’s grand appearance!

        x

  • I think I could run my hands through that pile of pills all day..that sounds bad once I see it written out, ha!

    paigewhalen.wordpress.com

    • Rosie

      Ha! I read afterwards that apparently you’re supposed to take one! I feel like we missed out now! x

  • Now THAT is one heck of an instillation – it looks like a real experience which I think is fantastic in art, most get down there to see for myself!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

    • Rosie

      Seriously one of a kind! You’ll love it, Lauren! x

  • What a cool show! Like an amusement park for abstract-minded adults! Nothing as awesome going on in Toronto right now, but we do have a big Andy Warhol exhibit coming up!

    http://www.themaximalistblog.com

    • Rosie

      I was just talking to my boyfriend about how much we want to visit toronto!
      Maybe this is a sign that we should come…

  • Ahh it sounds incredible! Definitely adding it to my summer to do! xo

    • Rosie

      Excellent news!

  • Kate

    What an awesome exhibit, that looks like so much fun!

    Kate

    Come see my picks for the perfect Summer ready LBD’s!

    http://www.lamiabellavita.com

    • Rosie

      T’was a hoot!

  • I keep hearing about this installation and I’m so jealous that I won’t be in London at all this summer! It looks amazing and fun as hell. x Kate
    theintellectualswan.blogspot.com

    • Rosie

      Oh no! Maybe it’s worth a trip? 😉 x

  • That seems like an incredible experience! With love,
    Vera

    The Flash Window | Bloglovin

  • Anna Wills

    Looks like bundles of fun!
    those upsidedown goggles reminds me of those rocks one can look into and see rainbows! so fun!

    X
    Anna

  • That looks SO fun! I love interactive exhibits!

    Casey
    http://thedistrictfox.com

  • Will be checking this out!

  • Ina

    In love with your blog! So happy I found it!
    http://theradiantcherie.com/

  • This looks so much fun!

  • I have heard about this exhibition, looks amazing! 🙂

    http://www.champagne-lifestyle.com/

  • Emma

    That looks so whimsical! So excited since I’ll actually be in London for this!!

  • La Travelera

    It looks an amazing experience and you also had a lot of fun! xx
    http://www.travelera.es

  • Geena

    This looks like so much fun! I tried a Bleecker burger the other day after reading about them a while ago on here- it was definitely as amazing as it looks!

    http://www.thehungrylinguist.com

  • I want to slide down the slide and play in the pool of pills!

    Jon. x | Jonnuxx.com

  • This looks like such a cool experience. Loved your questions at the start of the post too – they really got me thinking.

    Lizzie Dripping

  • Dear lord this place looks incredible! I’m up for anywhere with a giant slide.

    hellomissjordan.com xx

  • Katie Atkinson

    I NEED TO GO THERE!!

    Gold Dust

    x

  • This looks like the most fun ever! Anyone who thinks galleries are boring needs to check out this post, it will soon change their mind!
    This is definitely something I want to do this summer – I shall be roping my best friend in without telling her about the upside down goggles because I intend to enjoy every second of hilarity when she tries them on 🙂
    Thanks for sharing this, will be adding it to the summer to do list.
    x

  • Julia

    This looks like so so much fun and I’m sorry to say that I will be unable to visit. Those jumbo slides look like a child hood dream of mine come true 😀

    Julia

    ExploresMore.com

  • Georgia Christakis

    So funny- I was just walking the South Bank and saw two people doing the flying experience not an hour ago! Had no idea what they were up to, but it looked fun!

  • That looks like the most incredible exhibit! Interactive exhibits are so interesting.

    xx

    bombshell-to-be.blogspot.com

  • Emma and Emily

    I’m booking my tickets right now!

    Emily x
    http://www.emandthem.co.uk

  • Oh my goodness, this entire thing looks and sounds so freaking cool!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Amira A

    Rosiie, I had tagged you in an image of the bleeker st burger on insta, was so glad you were able to check it out!!

  • Omgaaad this looks like so much fun!! Love the slide so much. Deffoes going to stop by 🙂 Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • Would love to check this out! Such a great interactive display! But unfortunately a trip to Europe just isn’t in the books this summer!

    -Sophie
    freaksandchics.com

  • Wow I’d love to visit this place!

  • Megan Gurr

    My friend desperately wants to see this exhibition and now reading this post makes me want to go with her! It’s like a trip back to all your childhood dreams haha

  • AeroSarah

    Thanks Rosie! This post persuaded me to go check it out for myself today 🙂 It was super exciting and the upside down goggles had me genuinely laughing for ages!
    Some pics I took: https://aerosarah.wordpress.com
    – Sarah x

  • Katie Louise

    FYI- I went to this at the weekend and anything that was interactive (which is everything) was a minimum 2 hour Que. The time slot was completely redundant and there wasn’t any structure to it because the ques became muddled. I would highly recommend not going at the weekend and perhaps going for the first time slot. I was really disappointing as i didn’t have two hours to wait to use the flying machine for 5 minutes.

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