Enel Contemporanea Award 2011

As in 2010 the 2011 art projects have been selected through an international award – Enel Contemporanea Award – under the artistic direction of Francesco Bonami. The 2011 edition of the prize involved three artists – Carsten Höller, Bruce Mau and Paola Pivi – whose proposals were evaluated by the Presidential Committee, chaired by Enel, and the Honor Committee, comprised of international experts. The jury gathered in Venice during the opening days of the Art Biennale and chose the project Double Carousel with Zöllner Stripes by German artist Carsten Höller.

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The Artist:
Carsten Höller
Double Carousel with Zöllner Stripes

The artist regularly creates sensorial environments which disturb typical human behaviour, reversing the roles played by logic and perception. A sensation of disorientation is also experienced with the Double Carousel with Zöllner Stripes, an installation made up of two large Merry-go-rounds placed one next to the other, at a distance of a few centimetres, where the onlooker can get on or off freely. The work is immersed in a darkened area so as to heighten the optical illusion caused by the Zöllner Stripes which, applied to the entire surface of the room, prevent proper identification of the space. Both carousels turn at a reduced speed, unexpectedly increasing the disorientation of the user. The motion of the two carousels, programmed in opposite directions, forces the passengers to meet each other before continuing on a journey in which it is only possible to go forward in a single direction which takes them back to the starting position. Exactly what happens to the 30 pair of identical twins featured in the video Alone, produced by the artist to complete the work.

The Video:
For Enel Contemporanea 2011, Carsten Höller and h + produced the video Alone by which the public could experience a unique performance. The video was filmed by the Belgian artist, at MACRO museum on November 28, 2012, a few days before the opening to visitors of the work Double Carousel with Zöllner Stripes.
40 pairs of identical twins have had the opportunity to become an integral part of the art work of Carsten Höller being filmed while interacting with the two big rides that the artist has exhibited in the Enel Room of the museum.
The idea that underlies Alone is to accentuate the sense of disorientation that Double Carousel with Zöllner Stripes provokes within the viewer while playing with the double image of the twins.