Carsten Höller: DAY
MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology)
When it is day then there is light. The exhibition Daybringstogether a large selectionof works producing light and darkness, from sculptures with lamps to projections and architecturedating from 1987, when Carsten Höller was still working as a scientist, until today: Light Wall (Outdoor Version), (2021), erected outside, close to maat's entrance, will greet both museum-goers and passers by with an array of light bulbs flickering at a mesmerizing frequency of 7,8 hz, which is the global electromagnetic resonance of the Earth produced by energy discharges such as lightning activity or thunderstorms within the earth’s surface and the ionosphere. In the large oval spaceat the centre of the museum,the newly createdLisbon Dots (2021) consists of 20 spotlight projectors which follow people movements and allow them to play a "social distancing and proximity" game with each other. Dayis arranged as a parcoursincluding rooms devoid of objects containing only light, corridors full of light or darkness, sections with (day!)-time measuring neon devices, and a "hotel room" containing Two Roaming Beds (Grey), (2015). The latter can be rented for a night to be spent inside the museum, where everything on display can be experienced in privacy. The randomly roaming bedswill leave a trace of the sleepers' nightly travel in the form of a brightly coloured line on the floor, which will add up over time to a gigantesque drawing.
For this never-seen-before survey show, no walls or temporary partitions are built nor existing lights inthe museum will be usedfor illumination – all is lit by the artworks themselves.
A relevant public program will include 7,83Hz Meditationstaking place between November 2021 and February 2022 and curated by Mariana Pestana.7,83Hz Meditationsis a set of performances and a vinyl publication that gather contributions of contemporary thinkers and composers in the form of meditations.7.83 Hzembodies a resonance between Earth and man, as it isalso the human brainwave frequency in relaxed, daydreaming activity.
Launched in a time marked by a global climate crisis and a state of social isolation with deep psychological consequences, this performance-publication offers the public a sequence of textual and sound therapeutic compositions to remind them of their radical, totalizing ecological interdependency.