Sleep in Carsten Höller’s Laser Beds for a Disorienting Night at the Hayward

Visitors who book the overnight experience get complimentary dream-enhancing toothpastes.

Carsten Höller's Two Roaming Beds (Grey) Photo: David Levene via Hayward Gallery
Carsten Höller's Two Roaming Beds (Grey)
Photo: David Levene via Hayward Gallery

There’s nothing like a night at the museum, and here’s one that might actually be more surreal than the Ben Stiller movie, or even the 36-hour Jeff Koons extravaganza.

As part of Carsten Höller’s upcoming retrospective “Decision” at London’s Hayward Gallery , visitors can book a stay in one of the artist’s Two Roaming Beds (Grey) (2015), which slowly maneuver the gallery space, dancing in tandem using lasers and radio beacons.

An installation shot of "Soma" at the Hamburger Bahnhof. <br>Photo: via <i>Spirit of Spider</i>

An installation shot of “Soma” at the Hamburger Bahnhof.
Photo: via Spirit of Spider

Two Roaming Beds (Grey) reprises a motif explored in Elevator Bed (2010) at Vienna’s TBA21, and the Floating Hotel inside “Soma,” (2010) the reindeer pen installed at Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof.

Like those shows, Hayward Gallery overnighters will have the opportunity to explore the entire exhibition alone and after-hours, sliding down Isomeric Slides and taking a ride on Two Flying Machines.

Before bed, guests will be provided with Insensatus Vol. 1 Fig 1, a set of dream-enhancing toothpastes, and coffee and tea to jolt them back into reality when they wake up in the morning. £300 gets you both beds, but hurry, booking opens today.

“Visitors who get to spend a night in the gallery while transported on self-navigating beds will have an intimate and utterly unique experience of Carsten Höller’s mind-boggling exhibition,” said Director of Hayward Gallery and exhibition curator Ralph Rugoff. “On awaking, they may find that the Hayward will never look the same again.”

“Carsten Höller, Decision” is on view at the Hayward Gallery, London, June 10–September 6, 2015. 


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