A few weeks back I had a catch-up date with my pal Fiona and instead of our usual meet-up venue (the inside of a football stadium with pie & pint in hand, sitting on the edge of our seats watching our beloved Sunderland) we decided to be a little bit more cultured and head to the Southbank Centre for the Carsten Höller exhibition.
We went on a Sunday with the intention of making the 3pm slot – only to be told, at 2.55pm that the next available time would be 5pm. Undeterred we purchased tickets (£15 each) and grabbed a drink from a nearby cafe. (note to self: it’s probably advisable to be a bit organised and purchase in advance next time)
Lucky for us, our months of separation provided just enough chatter to allow the 2 hours to whizz by. We barely came up for air before it was five to five and we were heading into the exhibition.
The first obstacle was finding a free locker to put our bags in, the second was deciding which entrance to use through the ‘Decision Corriders’.
Following the crowd we headed through the left one into complete, blinding darkness. It was terrifying. You had to feel your way through with your hands, turning corners and bumping into the people in front.
It truly made me realise how scared of the dark I am. it was so dark you couldn’t see your own hand in front of you face.
Eventually we made it out and into the main exhibition and drew a sigh of relief at the daylight we saw.
In the heart of the exhibition there was lots to look at and join in with. There was a dissected magic mushroom, a floor filling with red & white pills – each person could take one away, roaming beds and more.
Our favourite were the nausea-inducing, upside down glasses. They’re the weirdest things ever but so funny. We stumbled about wearing them and were lucky to not go arse over tit – they totally throw your balance off!
I know the video is on it’s side but I couldn’t work out how to rotate it on instagram! Talk about a techno-dweeb.
Unfortunately the exhibition is a popular one and therefore lots of the interactive experiences required a queue. We didn’t get a chance to go on the Sculpture Terrace which is essentially a paragliding machine as the queue was so long (1.5 hours!) but it looked like so much fun.
We were in the exhibition for roughly 2 hours but this involved a lot of queuing too. When we were finally ready to leave we climbed the stairs to the top of the slide!!
And whizzed down to the ground.
I think slides as means of exit should be compulsory for all venues.
You have 1 more week to visit the Cartsen Höller exhibition as it finishes on the 6th September – so get your skates on and make a decision.
Book tickets here…
Thanks for reading,