Alex Chinneck is a British artist who brings together the disciplines of art, architecture, theatre and engineering to create works of monumental ambition and impact.
For Milan Design Week Chinneck unzipped the 17-metre front of a building on Via Tortona. A giant zipper on the side of the building appears to be unravelling its concrete front as well as one of its windows, and the motif is repeated on the inside – where a floor and internal wall are being unzipped.Chinneck employed visual trickery, creating a new exterior for the building as well as repouring its cement floor to create a glowing circular hole.
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You know, this is actually how we see the world 🍄 - pic by @culturush ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
No, we don't see mushrooms everywhere, we just see the world upside-down. Since our eyes are curved, the image of the world projected on our retinas is actually overturned - it is our brain, then, that turns it back to normal.
Carsten Höller plays with this idea and our perceptions: before reaching the installation "Upside Down Mushroom Room", visitors have to walk through an S-shaped corridor, 'Gartenbein Corridor', without ANY lights.
(...here my boyfriend, in front of me, banged against the wall 😂)
and then *POUF* we found ourselves in this magic room with rotating, huge mushrooms. Of course, the dark corridor had the function of destabilise us, to make us feel we were falling through Alice's rabbit hole. Only to make us land in a different reality.
And, just as a highlight, this work is not only 'beautiful', it is actually art (this also aided by the fact that in Fondazione Prada there are ZERO DESCRIPTIONS, so tellmehowcanIunderstandwhatImlookingat)
Höller actually has a degree in agriculture, and his art has the same function of his work in the lab: he wants to reveal the structure, the function of things, how everything works. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The installation is not only to make you feel like Alice in Wonderland, it's also to make you challenge your reality.
Carsten Höller, Upside Down Mushroom Room, 2000,
Fondazione Prada, Milan