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Adding 750,000 dots to The Obliteration Room

Time-lapse captured at the Hirshhorn Museum of Yayoi Kusama’s The Obliteration Room, on view in “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors.”

In Yayoi Kusama’s “The Obliteration Room,” visitors add colorful dot stickers to eliminate the traces of the original white room through the act of communal “obliteration.” Recalling Kusama’s earlier polka-dotted environments and her performances that activated bodies through participation, this installation demonstrates her utopian desire for radical connectivity. The polka dot acts as a universal equalizer, a connector between all of us as we collectively participate in obliterating the environment by placing dots in the installation.