This past weekend I visited Yayoi Kusama's "Love is Calling" infinity room at the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art) here in Boston.
In case you're not familiar, Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist who has been creating mirrored infinity rooms since the 1960s. The experience of being in an infinity room is definitely reminiscent of a fun house mirror room -- but with lots of extra visual stimulation. In "Love is Calling" the extra stimulation comes from polka-dotted plastic stalagmites and stalactites.
I love them because they make me happy. It's impossible not to smile and feel playful in that kind of funhouse environment.
I hate them because (a) they're just all about "getting the photo" and (b) there's a strict time limit (30-120 seconds, depending on the piece) on how long you can spend in the installation.
I have literally never seen anyone in a Kusama installation not taking photos -- myself included. And I understand the time limit -- there's always a wait. But, can you really experience something meaningful in so brief a period of time?
What do you think? Have you visited a Yayoi Kusama installation before?
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