US museum bringing Yayoi Kusama's 'Infinity Room' online amidst Covid-19 pandemic


  • Arts
  • Thursday, 09 Apr 2020

The Los Angeles museum The Broad is now temporarily closed to support efforts to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, as the death toll surged toward 4,000 in the United States.

The Broad has since adapted its digital programming in the light of the current health crisis, launching several online initiatives to "inspire the museum's audience and help people remain connected to one another."

Among them are the "Infinite Drone" project, which allows art lovers to experience Yayoi Kusama's The Souls Of Millions Of Light Years Away (2013) from the comfort of their own home.

The LED installation is one of the two "Infinity Rooms" in The Broad's collection, along with the Japanese artist's Longing For Eternity (2017).

The Broad is now reimagining Kusama's The Souls Of Millions Of Light Years Away in a new Instagram TV series, pairing it throughout the museum's closure with musical compositions by Los Angeles-based sound artists and musicians.

"Take an opportunity to delve into the spiritual aspects of Kusama's exploration of eternity - paired with aural selections chosen curated by The Broad, including drone, electronic, ambient, and pop music," the cultural institution wrote on Instagram.

The Broad collaborated with Geneva Skeen for the first edition of the "Infinite Drone" project, whose practice is influenced by "ecriture feminine, alchemical metaphors, and a range of musical traditions ranging from holy mysticism to industrial."

Footage of the Infinity Room is soundtracked to Skeen's The Oval Window, which she composed by using recordings of voice and piano processed through digital and analog technologies.

"People experience spirituality or practice contemplation in many different ways. By bringing in a variety of musical approaches, we hope to provide a range of ways to delve into aspects of Kusama's work," Ed Patuto, who is The Broad's director of audience engagement, told Artnet News in a statement.

In addition to launching the "Infinite Drone" project, The Broad also introduced "Interplay: Poetry and Art."

The digital initiative displays multidisciplinary poems alongside accompanying artworks, allowing self-isolated art lovers to explore the relationship between art and literature.

As part of its #TheBroadFromHome programme, the cultural institution is releasing weekly art activity tutorials for art lovers of all ages. The videos include art activities that families can do together at home by following the guidelines of an artist from The Broad collection.

As part of its #TheBroadFromHome programme, the cultural institution is releasing weekly art activity tutorials for art lovers of all ages.

The videos present activities that families can do together at home by following the guidelines of an artist from The Broad collection.

The first instalment of the weekly series follows Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford, who is known for using discarded materials found on city streets such as advertisements, flyers, billboards, comic books and more. - AFP Relaxnews

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