This summer we’re bringing back your favourite artworks to celebrate GOMA turning 10 – yes 10! We recently asked you to let us know what work you were most excited to see returning and the resounding winner was – Carsten Höller’s Left/Right Slide 2010.
We can now confirm that Höller’s much-loved slide will again spiral visitors from the top to the bottom of GOMA from 3 December in Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything, our major, free exhibition headlining the tenth anniversary celebrations for GOMA. ’Sugar Spin’ will showcase contemporary works from the Gallery’s Collection across every floor at GOMA.
As part of GOMA turning ten, the Gallery launched a new Ambassador program of supporters. We asked Diego Aquilizan, one of our ambassador’s, a budding filmmaker who works as a QAGOMA assistant on both our Public Programs and Children’s Art Centre teams. Aquilizan migrated to Brisbane with his family from the Philippines in 2006 when GOMA opened.
Aquilizan was inspired to work with us based on his exposure to ground-breaking GOMA exhibitions. A standout memory for him was Höller’s slide, only previously exhibited in ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ (18 December 2010 – 26 April 2011). He is especially excited for the return of this work, as he loved its sinuous grand sculptural and architectural form, but actually didn’t get a chance to experience the sensation of hurtling through space within an art environment as the slide was so popular – he now can.
The Gallery’s contemporary collection is at the heart of GOMA Turns 10 demonstrating the Gallery’s commitment to be truly international in contemporary art collection development.
Stockholm-based artist Carsten Höller’s Left/Right Slide 2010 is an installation of two spiral-shaped slides in GOMA’s foyer. Described by the artist as a ‘happiness producing machine’, the slides have an elegant, sculptural presence that allows GOMA visitors to participate in the work — sending them hurtling between the Gallery’s third floor and ground level.
Holler worked as a biologist before becoming an artist, and his art works can be thought of as experiments that act on the viewer in surprising ways. He has stated that experience is the ‘material’ that he uses to create works that alter the viewer’s sensory perception, behaviour and sense of order or logic.
His Left/Right slide was commissioned especially for GOMA’s foyer, and is part of a series of slides created for venues across Europe and the United States. He describes these slides as devices for eliciting ‘an emotional state that is a unique condition somewhere between delight and madness’.
Visit us between 3 December 2016 and 17 April 2017 to experience Left/Right slide for the first time or come back and relive the sensation of sliding.