In the laboratory of doubt.

Carsten Höller, Key to the Laboratory of Doubt, 2006.

Doubt and its semantic cousin, perplexity, which are both equally important to me, are considered unattractive states of mind we’d rather keep under lock and key because we associate them with uneasiness, with a failure of values. But wouldn’t it be more appropriate to claim the opposite – that certainty in the sense of a brazen, untenable assumption is much more pathetic?

Carsten Höller in a conversation with Hans-Ulrich Obrist, quoted in Say It Isn’t So.


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