10 June – 6 September 2015

‘Höller’s art offers profound sensory and intellectual stimulation’ – Evening Standard ****
‘If there is one thing you should do this summer, it’s to head over to the Hayward Gallery’
Time Out

The Decisive Moment: The Art of Short Fiction



Wednesday June 17 2015


Authors Ali Smith, Deborah Levy and Jenni Fagan read and discuss specially commissioned new works.


The stories have been commissioned for the catalogue of Hayward Gallery exhibition Carsten Höller: Decision. The authors are joined by Ben Fergusson, Art Publisher at Hayward Gallery, for a discussion on the mechanics of short fiction and the role of decision-making in their work.


Ali Smith's most recent novel How to Be Both was shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize and won both the Costa Novel Award and the Goldsmiths Prize. Her acclaimed short story collections include The First Person and Other Stories. She is based in Cambridge.


Jenni Fagan was named one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists in 2013. Her debut novel The Panopticon was published in 2012. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London and is Writer in Residence at the University of Edinburgh.


Deborah Levy is the author of five novels – her latest, Swimming Home, was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize. In the same year Black Vodka, her short story collection, was shortlisted for both the Frank O'Connor Award and the BBC International Short Story Award. She is Visiting Professor of Writing in Illustration at Falmouth University.


The catalogue of Carsten Höller: Decision presents a collection of newly commissioned short stories by six writers – Naomi Alderman, Jonathan Lethem and Helen Oyeyemi, as well as Ali Smith, Jenni Fagan and Deborah Levy – responding creatively to the theme of decision-making. This new title also offers a photographic interpretation of the multiple ways of experiencing Höller's immersive exhibition, and is accompanied by an interview with the artist by Ralph Rugoff, Hayward Gallery Director and curator of the show.


This beautiful double publication is available to buy for a special exhibition price during the event.


7:45pm - Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall - £12



Image: Carsten Höller, Twins (Belgian, London, New York, Paris, Santiago de Chile, Tokyo, Vienna), 2005-2015 © Carsten Höller. Installation view Carsten Höller: Decision, Hayward Gallery, London, 2015. Courtesy the artist; Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Brussels; Gagosian Gallery, London; Air de Paris, Paris; Die Ecke Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Chile; ShugoArts, Tokyo; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna. Photo ©Ela Bialkowska, OKNO studio