Take a Ride on Carsten Holler’s Double Carousel

imagePhoto by Davide Monteleone / VII. Courtesy of Enel Contemporanea.

As the winner of this year’s Enel Contemporanea Award, Brussels-born artist Carsten Höller has earned the honor of displaying his interactive installation Double Carousel with Zöllner Stripes at MACRO (the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome). The work will be on view from December 2, 2011 through February 26, 2012.

The bright, colorful merry-go-rounds that make up the installation slowly turn in opposite directions, inviting the public to hop on and off as they please. But don’t let the slow movement of the rides fool you – these works are surrounded by walls of criss-crossing lines, or Zöllner Stripes, which create a destabilizing effect on riders by temporarily impairing their perception of space.

Can’t make it to Rome in the next few months? Don’t fret. Carsten Höller: Experience, the artist’s current exhibit at the New Museum in New York, is also very impressive, and closes on January 15.

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