INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM—THE SOULS OF MILLIONS OF LIGHT YEARS AWAY, 2013
Wood, metal, mirrors, plastic, acrylic, rubber, and LED lighting system
Collection of the artist; The Broad Art Foundation, Los Angeles
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has an obsession with polka dots, and this dazzling installation, titled “Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled With the Brilliance of Life” is quite a unique take.
Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away is an immersive environment that fosters an out-of-body experience, heightens one’s senses, and produces a repetitive illusion through the use of lights and mirrors. Similar in appearance to stars in the galaxy, hundreds of LED lights hang and flicker in a rhythmic pattern that seems to suspend both space and time. The visitor becomes integral to this work as his or her body activates the environment while simultaneously vanishing into the infinite space. This installation creates a harmonious and quiet place for visitors to contemplate their existence, reflect on the passage of time, and think about their relationship to the outer world.
(me and my friends in the broad)
Why do you find this artwork or project intriguing?
Although it is not so interactive technically, but magically you may feel you have some interaction with the light. When the lights blink and change the color, it feels like the space around you is also changing. As if you are having an interstellar roaming.
What is the situation or interaction created for the viewer?/What is the intention of this interaction?
Similar in appearance to stars in the galaxy, hundreds of LED lights hang and flicker in a rhythmic pattern that seems to suspend both space and time.The visitor becomes integral to this work as his or her body activates the environment while simultaneously vanishing into the infinite space. This installation creates a harmonious and quiet place for visitors to contemplate their existence, reflect on the passage of time, and think about their relationship to the outer world.
What is the role of the viewer?
Standing in the middle of this amazing space, the viewer should be as the observer of the infinite space.
Who has control over the outcome of the artwork or project? Is it the creator / artist or the viewer/audience?
It is the creator that control over the outcome of the artwork. The color and the changing speed is fixed.
Notional Field is an interactive installation that consists of a wall-mounted sculpture containing hundreds of vertical and parallel lines made of elastic cord that are projected upon with a computer-generated, interactive animation of a similar number of lines.
The motion of these projected lines is ruled by a simulation, which makes them act like soft ropes, and said motion is influenced by a viewer’s movements as interpreted by a computer that surveys the scene through a video camera.
Thus, the physical gestures of the participant are translated into virtual forces that affect the computer-generated lines, while the physical strings of the sculpture remain motionless. The piece revolves around the idea of interface, which is interpreted as the point of contact between two different entities, and is displayed in the work in several ways: between the viewer and the piece (a human/computer interface); between the real and the virtual (the physical structure and its relationship with the projected structure); between the foreground and the background (as the projection interferes with the sculpture).
It is intriguing for me because the interactive animations of a similar number of lines is quite natural, as if the participant is touching the real lines.
It is interesting that the shadows of the people can’t block the scene within a safe distance. It matters when people actually being in front of this art work. Besides, this soft ropes looks like the strings of the instrument. If people’s movements can also trigger some sounds , it will be more perfect.