The giant slides at Tate Modern which captivated the capital in 2006 will be making big kids of us all again — this time as part of a major experimental exhibition at the Hayward Gallery.
Visitors to the gallery will be presented with a series of decisions as they explore the works of artist Carsten Höller — starting from being given the choice of two ways to enter the building, past Pill Clock (2011-15), a ceiling-mounted clock that will drop over a million pills onto the gallery floor, before a drinking fountain gives visitors a decision whether to take one of the pills and face its unknown effects.
Other highlights of the show include Flying Machines (2008/2015) installed on one of the Hayward’s outdoor terraces which will give visitors the sensation of soaring above the capital's traffic; Flying Mushrooms (2015), a new large-scale work of an upside-down mobile with huge psychedelic mushrooms; Moving Beds (2015), a pair of robotic beds that roam the galleries; while The Pinocchio Effect (1994) will give visitors the uncanny sensation that their nose is growing.
Finally, visitors will have to decide how to exit the building — through the gallery's glass pyramid roof, or via the giant slides.
Carsten Höller: Decision, Hayward Gallery, 10 June-6 September, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. For more information see the website.