My life is a dot lost among thousands of other dots

Aug 20, 2016

How frustrating is it when the weather during the exam period was so sunny, but you was stuck indoors revising, and when the exam period is finally over, you want to go outside but it's raining. That's what happened to me for most of June and the start of July. My boyfriend and I decided to make use of that one day of the week when it was forecasted to have no rain. We had difficulties deciding whether to go to London and see the Yayoi Kusama exhibition or whether to go to Brighton. Ultimately we decided to go to London since the exhibition ends in July and I wasn't sure if I'll be back in London again before then.

Cheeky Nandos for lunch :P

We caught the train from Reading to Paddington, then to King's Cross, and from there a bus to Victoria Miro gallery. Outside the gallery, there was a long queue forming, and we headed towards the back of the queue. A few minutes after we arrived, a woman approached us asking how long we waited. We replied saying we only just arrived here so it might be best to ask the people in front for an idea of the waiting time. The woman in front of us overheard our conversation and told us that the waiting time was approximately 45 minutes, but it's definitely worth waiting for this exhibition. Patiently, we waited.

There are three mirror rooms, in which an infinite and immersive reflection is created through the use of mirrors and lights. The first mirror room we visited was "All the Eternal Love I have for the Pumpkins". Two people were allowed in the mirror room for twenty seconds, which was understandable due to the popular demand. At first, I was overwhelmed by the short amount of time, but it turns out that was enough to appreciate and take photos of the installation. It was a very surreal experience to be surrounded by yellow and black pumpkins. To me, pumpkins are a symbol of halloween, but to the artist, pumpkins signalises a much more deeper meaning, that is her childhood in Japan. From this installation, I can definitely feel her "eternal love" for pumpkins.







The next mirror room we visited was "Chandeliers of Grief", which was my favourite out of the three. Four people were allowed in the mirror room for a slightly longer time of forty seconds. Featured in the centre of this room is a rotating chandelier with pulsating lights. It was a very mesmerising experience, and my pictures honestly does not do it justice. I'm not really sure the meaning of its title, but the unique thing with art is that it's open to any interpretation.







The last mirror room we visited was "Where the Lights in My Heart Go", which was located outside in the Victoria Miro waterside garden. Like "Chandeliers of Grief", four people were allowed in for the same amount of time. Here, natural daylight is filtered through the holes of the stainless steel mirror box, creating a "subtle planetarium". Whilst waiting for the mirror room, I also took pictures of the "Narcissus Garden", a "kinetic carpet" which comprises a collection of mirrored spheres. This installation dates back to the 1966 Venice Biennale. Interestingly, a controversy arose when the artist was selling individual mirrored balls for $2 under a sign that says "Your narcisium for sale", an action that critiques art commodification.






I'm aware this blog post has been posted way later than expected and in fact it's also been a month since my last blog post. In an attempt to get back into the blogging mood, I have revamped my blog layout and scheduled some posts as a motivation. Stay tune for sunny Barcelona posts :)

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