Left or Right? Yes or No? Tacos or Pizza?
Decision, a properly titled exhibition by artist Carsten Höller at the Hayward Gallery in London, explores perception and what drives us to make one decision over another, and does so with pills, flying machines, and four-story-high slides.
The exhibit, which is more like an amusement park, is 100% interactive and experiential, so don’t worry about not being able to touch the art. Visitors are encouraged to swallow pills, torpedo down slides, and fly through the air. But the installments are not just there for fun and games; each “device, vehicle, and situation” that Höller has created is meant to “alter visitors’ physical and psychological state,” and “induce hallucinations.”
Carsten Höller has managed to produce an exhibit where the main attraction is that fascinating ‘ol brain of yours. After each “experiment,” you are asked to reflect on why you made the choice that you made. More than an art exhibit, Höller’s Decisions serves as a psychological experiment, putting you in some unusual circumstances that lead to thought-provoking reflections on why you make the choices that you do.