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30.11.2010

 

A night of delirium - Carsten Höller stages Soma at the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum in Berlin

Soma (Sanskrit, m., सोम, soma) is an intoxicating drink from the gods, mentioned in the Rig Veda and goes back to the Aryan in the Indus valley, around 1500 to 1000 BC. It is the intoxicating juice of a plant, partially mixed with milk and sour milk.

According to Wikipedia, the name refers to both a god and a plant, as well as the drink.

How do we gain knowledge and experience? What role does science have in our society and where does mythology come into this? Are we in need of alternative categories of explanation and forms of consciousness?

These questions are discussed by Carsten Höller, born in Brussels, 1961 in his Soma exhibition at the Hamburg Bahnhof Museum for Contemporary studies.

The wonderful particularity of the room spanning installation – a kind of hotel room has been erected on the mushroom-esque platform in the midst of the bizarrely touching space, which gives the visitors the opportunity to spend a night in the intoxicating atmosphere of the construction.

A somatic private orgy for art aficionados. Great, say we at GoSee.

The exhibition was made possible by the Friends of the National Gallery foundation and is supported by the Schering fund.

Here are a few links to the drug test:

somainberlin.org

www.hamburgerbahnhof.de

SOMA by Carsten Hoeller

SOMA by Carsten Hoeller

SOMA by Carsten Hoeller

SOMA by Carsten Hoeller

SOMA by Carsten Hoeller

SOMA by Carsten Hoeller

SOMA by Carsten Hoeller

SOMA by Carsten Hoeller

SOMA by Carsten Hoeller

SOMA by Carsten Hoeller

SOMA by Carsten Hoeller

SOMA by Carsten Hoeller

SOMA by Carsten Hoeller

SOMA by Carsten Hoeller

SOMA by Carsten Hoeller

SOMA by Carsten Hoeller

SOMA by Carsten Hoeller

SOMA by Carsten Hoeller