For the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, the artist Yayoi Kusama created a large domestic environment, complete with locally sourced furniture and ornamentation, all of which has been painted completely white. Over the course of the exhibition during the two weeks, the room is gradually obliterated.
The museum’s smallest visitors were given thousands upon thousands of colored dot stickers and were invited to collaborate in the transformation of the space, turning the house into a vibrantly mottled explosion of color. The space changing measurably with the passage of time as the dots accumulate as a result of thousands and thousands of collaborators.
The installation, entitled The Obliteration Room, is part of Kusama’s Look Now, See Forever
Interactivity became an important component of Kusama’s work in the mid to late 1960s, when her solo public performances expanded into participatory happenings. As with many of Kusama’s installations, the work is disarmingly simple in its elemental composition; however, it brilliantly exploits the framework of its presentation.