After some early hurdles it seemed that, excruciatingly long lines and increased admission notwithstanding, everything was A-OK at the New Museum's Carsten Höller show, Experience (through January 15). But on Friday a pair of displeased visitors claimed that they'd contracted ear infections after taking dips in the "Giant Psycho Tank" (1999).
Said sensory-deprivation pool, which originally admitted two floaters at a time but was downgraded to a one-person ride by the Department of Health, was visited by the couple in question on November 27th. In an email to Gothamist, one of them explains:
My boyfriend and I waited in line for three hours to float in the sensory deprivation tank... Which means that I would float around naked in a tank that many museum visitors had already been in that day. I recognize some risks here, but the water was heavily chemically treated, and the NY Health Department had already cracked down on them for some issues, so I figured, how much more dangerous could this be than a typical pool?
Well, at least marginally more dangerous. Two days later, we both had very painful ear infections in both ears. I had never had an ear infection in my life! After 8 days of antibiotics, our ear infections are STILL not gone. I tried to post this information on their Tumblr, but surprise, surprise, the moderator has not yet approved my post.
(GalleristNY; Photo: Benoit Pailley, Courtesy the artist, the New Museum)