• PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY AND CONCEPTUAL ART


CARSTEN HOLLER 

PILL CLOCK 2011

Image: Hayward Gallery 

Pill Clock consists of an aperture through which, every 15 seconds, a geletin capsule is expelled onto a pile of previously emitted pills. The pile grows and over the course of the next three months, over a million pills will have been ejected onto the gallery floor.

If visitors to the 'Decision' exhibition want to swallow one of the capsules, water is provided. 

A lot of my work requires me to prescribe medication. When I saw this installation I immediately thought of some of my patients who are addicted to prescription medication and who put their lives at risk by illegally obtaining high amounts of sleeping tablets or of sedatives.   After this initial thought I worked out that even with regular patients who are taking one antidepressant a day, it would only take three years for a thousand of these little tablets to have been ingested.  Food for thought for doctors and for us all.