In Carsten Höller’s (* 1961 in Brussels) exhibition LEBEN at TBA21 visitors can experience a different kind of logic, one that is far from habitual. Themes of duplication and division are shown in the Vienna Twins video installation. The film installation Fara Fara shows auditions and rehearsals of the vibrant Congolese music scene. Elevator Bed (2010), the central element within the exhibition space, can be booked on a nightly basis by prospective guests.The bed is mounted on a platform, which can be raised to different heights, up to 3.5 meters. Guests are instructed to brush their teeth with Insensatus Vol. 1 Fig. 1, a dream-inducing toothpastes. Visitors can immerse in the floatation tank High Psycho Tank, experiencing a sense of weightlessness and sensory equilibrium. At the Gimpelwaage two pairs of trained bullfinches in two balanced aviaries whistle a melody that integrates into the leading soundtrack of the show. Outside, on the Augarten grounds, a moment of visual dissection is captured sculpturally in Giant Multiple Mushrooms. An extension of the exhibition at Augarten is Y (2003), a split passageway encircled by a seemingly infinite halo of flashing white lightbulbs, is installed at the Belvedere. Curated by Daniela Zyman. July 11 – November 23, 2014. Free admission.

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