Art Events, Los Angeles

The Double Club Los Angeles presented by Prada Mode

7–8 MARCH, 2024

“Let’s step onto this landscape based on the idea of endless divisions in half,
a curious wonderland of a deconstructed amusement park containing real rides
turning in slow motion, where the live music will play to, yes true, to dance
the night away – this is big time fun research!”— Baldo Hauser

Prada Mode presents the third edition of The Double Club, a project by Carsten
Höller, in collaboration with Luna Luna on March 7 and 8, 2024, at the Luna
Luna Studio in Los Angeles, California.
The Double Club Los Angeles centers around a site-specific installation based
on several signature tropes of Carsten Höller’s artistic practice — the principle
of division and the machinery of fun within carnival aesthetics. The physicality
of the artwork begins with a single floor area and applies the mathematical rule
of division by halving the footprint, while doubling it in height, to create nine
unique spaces for guests to interact with. The Los Angeles iteration of The
Double Club includes two days of musical programming curated by Carsten
Höller and Drake. The installation opened to the public on Saturday, March 9th
and Sunday March 10th, 2024, for two days only.

For The Double Club Los Angeles, Höller continues his exploration of
doubleness, transforming a vast warehouse in the heart of the Los Angeles
Arts District into a fanciful landscape. This warehouse is where the Luna Luna
team unpacked and reconstructed the art amusement park rides currently
on view at the adjacent Luna Luna: Forgotten Fantasy exhibition. Here, Höller
deconstructs the carnival experience through familiar ride types – carousel,
roller coaster, and spinning chair swing — investigating spectacle, fun, and
delight through the lens of contemporary art.

In 1987, Höller visited the original Luna Luna art amusement park in Hamburg,
Germany, created by impresario André Heller, featuring fully functioning rides
and sculptures by over thirty acclaimed artists, including Jean-Michel Basquiat,
Salvador Dalí, Sonia Delaunay, Keith Haring, David Hockney, Rebecca Horn,
and Roy Lichtenstein. After debuting in Hamburg, Luna Luna was intended
to travel, but closed after a change in ownership. On December 15, 2023, the
Luna Luna partners, a team lead by Drake’s DreamCrew, resurrected Luna
Luna in Los Angeles’ Arts District with a selection of the original artworks on
display for the first time since 1987.

(L-R) Trippie Redd and Machine Gun Kelly

(L-R) Madeline Argy, Jessie Andrews, and Camille Rowe


Carsten Höller creates experimental installations and sculptures intended
to create particular states of mind (excitement and alteration, doubt and
confusion), which he calls Influential Environments. Major installations and
exhibitions include Synchro System (2000), a site-specific project designed
for Fondazione Prada in Milan; Test Site (2006), a series of giant slides
installed in the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, London; Amusement Park (2006),
a large installation at MASS MoCA North Adams of full-sized carnival midway
rides operating at dramatically slowed speeds; The Double Club (2008–09),
a work designed to create a dialogue between Congolese and Western
culture in the form of a London bar, restaurant, and nightclub; Soma, at
Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2010); Experience at New Museum, New
York (2011); Decision at Hayward Gallery, London (2015); Doubt at Pirelli
HangarBicocca, Milan (2016); Y at Centro Botín, Santander (2017); SUNDAY
at Museo Tamayo, Mexico City(2019); DAY at MAAT, Lisbon (2021). In 2022,
he opened Brutalisten in Stockholm, a restaurant serving brutalist cuisine,
where only one ingredient is used to create a certain dish.
Carsten Höller was born in 1961 in Brussels, Belgium to German parents.
Höller currently lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden, and Biriwa, Ghana.

Luna Luna: Forgotten Fantasy, currently on view in Los Angeles through
May 2024, revives the world’s first art amusement park with rides, games,
and attractions by visionary artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring,
and David Hockney, that haven’t been seen since their debut in Hamburg,
Germany in 1987. Tickets are available now on
The revival of Luna Luna is made possible by a team led by DreamCrew,
Drake’s media company, and founding partners Anthony Gonzales
(DreamCrew), Michael Goldberg (founder of Something Special Studios,
a creative company in New York and Los Angeles), Daniel McClean
(an international art attorney), and Justin Wills (an entrepreneur working at
the intersection of art, culture, and technology). In early 2022, the partners
arranged to purchase the contents of the original presentation, with the
goal of a global tour that fulfills the original vision and introduces Luna Luna
to an international audience.

The Double Club was a Carsten Höller art project originally commissioned
by Fondazione Prada. Open from November 2008 to July 2009, The Double
Club was sited in a Victorian warehouse next to the Angel tube station in
London. Conceived as a dialogue between Congolese and Western cultures,
it offered a vibrant new public space dedicated to cultural simultaneousness.
The Double Club consisted of three spaces – bar, restaurant, and disco
– designed to represent the most challenging elements of both cultures,
encompassing music, food, and visual aesthetics. The second iteration,
The Prada Double Club Miami, was housed in a 1920s studio film complex
and explored ideas of duality through a division of space: a monochromatic
internal club space juxtaposed by a polychromatic outdoor tropical garden,
animated by live musical performances and DJ sets by both international
artists and those belonging to the Caribbean and South American diasporas.

Prada Mode – inspired by the original The Double Club by Carsten Höller –
is a contemporary cultural series where visitors journey across art, music,
food, and entertainment, engaging in unique experiences. Imagined as a
place that augments and extends significant global cultural gatherings at
diverse locations worldwide, Prada Mode offers guests access to unique
programs and content that complement the themes and subjects of the
host event. Past iterations (2018–2023) were held in Miami, Hong Kong,
London, Paris, Shanghai, Moscow, Los Angeles, Dubai, Tokyo, and Seoul,
in collaboration with several artists, directors and creatives, such as Theaster
Gates, Jamie Diamond, Kate Crawford and Trevor Paglen, Jia Zhang-Ke,

Damien Hirst, Martine Syms, Kazuyo Sejima, Lee Sook-Kyung and Kim Jee-
Woon, Yeon Sang-ho, and Jeong Dahee.

Odell Beckham Jr.

Jessie Andrews

L-R) Kajsa Leander and Carsten Höller

AnnaSophia Robb

Juliana Nalú

Camille Rowe

Gracie Abrams

Giovanna Battaglia

Aja Naomi King

Reign Judge

Gabbriette B

Guests included (in alphabetical order): Aja Naomi King, AnnaSophia Robb, Camille Rowe, Carsten Höller, Christina Nadin, Damson Idris, Gabbriette, Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert, Giveon, Grace Gummer, Gracie Abrams, Hailey Gates, Hunter Doohan, Hunter Schafer, Ice Spice, Jessie Andrews, Joey King, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Kimberly Drew, Letitia Wright, Lykke Li, Machine Gun Kelly, Madeline Argy, Malu Borges, Mamie Gummer, Marcos Fecchino, Milla Jovovich, Nas, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivia Perez, Pierce Abernathy, Reece Feldman, St. Vincent.


On March 7, Prada Mode inaugurated The Double Club Los Angeles with a site-specific installation accompanied by DJ sets and musical performances, a private dinner in honor of the artist Carsten Höller curated by the restaurant Brutalisten, and a party.
The site-specific installation featured musical performances and DJ sets by La Cosecha Internacional and Straight Honey.
The party featured DJ sets and live acts by Arman Naféei, Cimafunk, Craig Richards, Jojo Abot, La Goony Chonga, and Mimi Xu.


On March 8, The Double Club Los Angeles presented the following program:

The site-specific installation featured musical performances and DJ sets by Craig Richards and DJ tsUgU.
The party featured musical programming curated by Drake, whose media company DreamCrew is behind Luna Luna. Special guests included Pedro, Bianca Lexis, DJ Reflex, Anderson .Paak, Lil Wayne, and Travis Scott.


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