Two Roaming Beds (Grey)
Carsten Höller’s work Two Roaming Beds (Grey) (2015)—featuring two beds that drift endlessly through the 500 square meters of the Cubo space—offered the opportunity to spend an entire night inside the exhibition “Doubt” on view from April 7 to July 31, 2016 at Pirelli HangarBicocca: a once-in-a-lifetime experience that each night, allowed two people to become part of a project conceived to put visitors in an extraordinary situation.
In Two Roaming Beds (Grey), Höller invited two visitors to spend a night inside the show, when no other viewers were present and the works could be seen in a very different way than in the daytime.
The twin beds, guided by an algorithm and a GPS signal, drifted across the floor at the almost imperceptible speed of 70 cm per minute; their endless random movement carried visitors through their slumbers, so that they woke up in a different place from where they felt asleep.
The motion of Two Roaming Beds (Grey) induces a state between sleeping and waking and conjures up a meditative, dreamlike dimension. In the morning, visitors were served a continental breakfast at the restaurant in Pirelli HangarBicocca.
The work also includes a set of special coloured toothpastes that the artist had made to his own recipe, which are supposed to enhance dreams and allow more vivid memories of them. These three toothpastes were presented to the two overnight guests upon their arrival, and could be mixed together if desired.
As Höller explains, “It’s like a painter sitting in front of the landscape in Provence and mixing his colours on the palette to paint it… the same thing happens here; the toothpastes are your paints, and the toothbrush is your brush: the dream becomes your painting”.