by Snell in New Art on Friday 31 August 2007

Carsten Höller, the same creator of those magnificent slides that we featured a little while back, has designed a beguiling room with mushrooms. Formerly a scientist (in evolutionary ecology and olfactory communication in insects), Höller uses the audience as subjects of perceptual and psychological experimentation. He disturbs his viewer’s assumptions with installations or interactive sculptures that deliberately but often playfully induce doubt and confusion. In the past, Höller has made series’ devoted to the ideas of security, children, love, hallucinations, happiness, animals, games, doubt, certainty, and a group of sculptured vehicles that looked at different modes of travel.