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Ruby Ticket Reviews: Infinity Mirror Rooms

In the Autumn some of our young people got to see the iconic optical infinity art-room by Yayoi Kusama at the Tate Modern. Ruby Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
A video introduction to Kusama at the Tate.

“Seeing Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Rooms was mesmerising and an unforgettable experience. Seemingly simple in their creation, but once you learn all the intricacies that go into them and her artistic intentions you get a new level of wonder. Both the chandelier of grief and the mirrored room gave me that feeling of infinity that the artist tried to project. It was a shame we could only stay for short time but I understand there is high demand to see the exhibit and I’m lucky to have done so thanks to Arts Emergency! I also get to enjoy the amazing performance of Stööki and overall was left speechless.”

- Evgenia

“The exhibit was quite small but still packed full of works from different points in Kusama's career and showcased the variety of mediums that she has used. The infinity rooms are magical spaces which are very immersive. Although there was information outside about Kusama's intentions for the piece, it felt like you were still given space to feel and think for yourself whilst in the rooms.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the photography piece where Kusama is dressed in a kimono in New York. Not only did it provide an insight into what the city looked like at the time but the ideas of stereotype and otherness that the piece highlighted resonated with me as a half Japanese person living in the west.

I really enjoyed the interdisciplinary nature of Kusama's work and it was great to see the exhibition with so many other young people as it made me feel comfortable and part of a wider community."

- Aya

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrored Room - Filled with the Brilliance of Life 2011/2017 Tate Presented by the artist, Ota Fine Arts and Victoria Miro 2015, accessioned 2019 © YAYOI KUSAMA

“From seeing her work in second-hand jpegs, I was always curious to see how Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirror Room Installations looked in the first-person perspective. It’s impossible to just describe my experience of Kusamas’ installations in just one word: Immersive, Heavenly, Hypnotic, Grasping, Dazzling, Enchanting, Sublime, Sensational, Captivating, Seductive, Alluring, Overloaded, Otherworldly and Limitless.

It’s practically a VR without the VR, it’s the type of installation with an impervious replay value of excitement, that keeps you coming back. It leaves you with a guaranteed phone storage capacity bloat from the constant visual variations captured, vigorously from a variety of angles.

As a bonus, I also enjoyed raving to the lit soundtrack mix performed by Stööki. I kept whipping out my phone, Shazaming their tunes and expanding and discovering more unfamiliar techno/drum and bass sounds to add to my YouTube playlists. Overall, my experience of this event is enough to drive home the title of exhibition of the year.”

- John

“The experience was amazing. The music performance before the exhibition allows you to experience the feelings behind the art. The infinity rooms were great to walk in and I really enjoyed myself.”

- Bryanna


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