Art Talk

Art Talk: Carsten Höller

It is with great pleasure that we presents a conversation between the renowned artist, Carsten Höller, and former director of Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Daniel Birnbaum. The two have known each other for decades and have worked together on several exhibitions and book projects. The conversation takes as its starting point Carsten Höller’s exhibition Reproduction at CC, and will go on to unfold themes such as the exhibition as an experiment, the artwork being ‘unsaturated’, and notions of reproduction in a broader context. The curator of the exhibition Jannie Haagemann moderates the conversation, which takes place in English, and will be open to questions from the public. We recommend, that you visit the exhibition beforehand, so please come early. The talk will take place in Höller's exhibition in CC's Hall 1, and can be experienced after payed admission fee. We are looking forward to seeing you!


In the exhibition Reproduction at CC, Höller examines the theme of ’reproduction’, adopting an approach which is at once scientific and artistic. Reproduction starts with cell division, and it is precisely the principle of division that underpins his immersive installation in CC’s large Hall 1. The hall is transformed into a large biology-based playscape where, for example, guests are encouraged to crawl through the pips of a die, and where slow-moving carrousels and corridors of mirrors affect our sensory perceptions. The second part of the exhibition deals with the way behaviour is encoded by regulatory mechanisms already in infancy, and how childhood memories are stored in the brain. The exhibition focuses on reproduction, for better or for worse, and nature’s amazing ability to perpetually create and recreate itself. Read more about Reproduction here.  

About Carsten Höller

Carsten Höller was born in Brussels in 1961 and lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden, and Biriwa, Ghana. Using his training as a scientist in his work as an artist, Carsten Höller’s primary concerns relate to the nature of human perception and self-exploration. He has undertaken many projects that invite viewer participation and interaction while questioning human behavior, perception and logic. His major solo exhibitions include: Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn (2018); Aventura Mall, Aventura, (2018); Centro Botín, Santander (2017); 56th Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2015); 53rd Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2009); New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2011); Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (2009); Tate Modern, London (2006); 51st Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2005) and 50th Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2003).  

About Daniel Birnbaum

Daniel Birnbaum was born in 1963 in Stockholm. He is the director of Acute Art in London, a laboratory exploring art and technology. He is professor of philosophy at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main and the author of numerous books on art and philosophy. He has been a member of the board of directors of Frankfurt’s Institute for Social Research as well as Nobel Media, which organizes the events and productions around the Nobel Prizes. Between 2010 and 2018 he was director of Moderna Museet in Stockholm. He curated the 1st Moscow Biennale (2005), Airs de Paris (with Christine Macel) at the Centre Pompidou (2007), the 2nd Yokohama Triennial (2008), 50 Moons of Saturn in Turin (2008) and Zero (with Tijs Visser) at Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin (2015). In 2009 he was director of the 53rd Venice Biennale.

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