03 March 2007
Hmmm but is it art?
The turbine hall at the Tate Modern currently has an installation by Carsten Holler. Basically According to the Tate's website, Holler believees that the experience of sliding is summed up in a phrase by French writer Roger Caillois. It is as a 'voluptuous panic upon an otherwise lucid mind'. Höller says he is interested in the the visual spectacle of watching people sliding and the 'inner spectacle' experienced by the sliders themselves, the state of simultaneous delight and anxiety that they enter as they descend.
He has installed six smaller slides in other galleries and he sees it as a prototype for an even larger enterprise, in which slides could be introduced across London, or indeed, in any city. How might a daily dose of sliding affect the way we perceive the world? Can slides become part of our experiential and architectural life?
's see the Well that's what he thinks but at the end of the day let's see the Emperor's new clothes for what they are: SLIDES! Perhaps we should stop thinking of Alton Towers or Disney-land/world as just amusement parks and see them as art installations.....