There’s no doubting the most Instagrammable attraction at Tate Modern right now: it’s surely got to be Yayoi Kusama’s dazzling infinity rooms, which will be in residence until June 2023. Stepping into an infinity room is quite the experience. But now visitors to Tate Modern have the chance to take a stab at creating their own immersive work, thanks to Kusama’s interactive artwork The obliteration room (and no, it’s not a rage room). You’re invited to enter a bare white apartment, armed to the teeth with an array of colourful dots, and let your creative juices flow…
The obliteration room opened on July 23 as part of the UNIQLO Tate Play series and will run until August 29. And, on August 26, Tate Lates are inviting you down for a celebration of the revered artist at the obliteration room. Whilst it’s a lovely and wholesome activity for the whole family – getting the little ‘uns creating an artwork at the Tate is definitely a flex – it’s also an excellent way to brighten up your social media feeds. There’s no limits to what you can decorate. Walls, ceilings, crockery, sofas, and the floor are all fair game here, the only brief is to make things as colourful as possible. What does that end up looking like? Check out Tate Modern’s fun timelapse video to see:
Aside from redecorating the blank canvas of an apartment (maybe it’ll give you some interior design inspiration?), guests can also create their own work of art that’ll be added to a growing display in the cavernous Turbine Hall. Previously home to large-scale installations from the likes of Olafur Eliasson, Kara Walker, Ai Weiwei, and Rachel Whiteread, it’s pretty illustrious company, isn’t it?
Happily, it’ll be entirely free to take part in redecorating The obliteration room. The space is open now, and will be running every day, from 10am until 6pm, until August 29. There’s no booking required, so if the mood strikes to create some art, feel free to go completely dotty!
August 26 marks the fun night of obliteration and art colliding at Tate Lates. It’s free to enter (though you’ll need a ticket), and a whole evening is planned to see off the Obliteration Room in style.
Summer sketching will take place all night between 6pm,-9pm, as will a nature collage session and pop-up party to create your own book. And for those in need of walkies in between; a dog show will take place at 7-7:30pm, thanks to U:Studio and Yayoi Kusama’s love of our furry friends. Drinks will be on hand for the full night, and DJs are providing the sweet sounds to accompany the evening.
Plus, a screening of Yayan Wangs One Thousand and One Attempts To Be an Ocean is screening twice throughout the evening, featuring a wave of ‘satisfying internet videos’ to the sound of a hypnotic audio track, reflecting on the saturation of social media. The first screening at 7pm will also feature a conversation with Yayan Wang himself.
Also published on Medium.