Ready for a funhouse unlike anything you’ve ever experienced? The New Museum’s latest exhibition presents an environment that is part Chelsea art gallery, part Coney Island attraction, and part Columbia laboratory. Opening to the public today, Belgian artist Carsten Höller’s first New York survey is on view throughout the main galleries and lobby until January 15, 2012. Over his 20 year career, Höller has turned galleries into test sites that push the limits of human sensorial perception and logic through carefully controlled experiences—house of mirrors-like illusions included. Along with a mirrored carousel, there’s a 102-foot-long slide that will run from the museum’s fourth to second floors and a giant sensory deprivation pool. (Viewers who want to float weightlessly in the Giant Psycho Tank, can throw on bathing suit—or not.) A re-creation of Höller’s Experience Corridor filled with participatory tests and a light installation round out the big top on the Bowery art experience.
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Photo Credit Above: Lichtraum (Light Room), 2008