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Making art more than just a passive spectator sport

Issue No. 2468

This exhibition brings together a range of artist Carsten Holler’s work. 

His work breaks down the barriers between the art and the “consumer”. 

Human interaction has always been Holler’s main concern. 

This isn’t just about interacting with paintings or sculptures, but making them interact with their whole environments. 

The range of work is impressive. It includes large installations built on site to short films, as well as experiments with sculptures and light. 

The Isometric Slides— transparent tubes built at the back of the gallery— are one of the many installations on site.

Visitors are encouraged to slide down them—and watch others do it. Even observing Holler’s art isn’t passive. 

Then with the Two Flying machines, people are strapped into paragliders attached to a carousel. 

The point here is partly to make people think about how we look at London.

You may not enjoy every exhibit—but it’s an experiment worth taking part in. 

Carsten Holler: Decision
Hayward Gallery,
Southbank Centre, 
London SE1 8XX. 
Adults £15 and 
concessions £11.
Unitl 7 September 

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Tue 25 Aug 2015, 17:09 BST
Issue No. 2468
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