Saturday, March 31, 2012

March, In Retrospect (1)

Infinity Net / Self-Obliteration No. 2 (1967)

The day I got that postcard from m, Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Net was sitting there, on top of a pile of unread books, just waiting for me to say goodbye to Madame Bovary. (Not exactly a synchronicity, but still a tiny bit unusual.)

From Yayoi Kusama's autobiography, Infinity Net:
My desire was to predict and measure the infinity of the unbounded universe, from my own position in it, with dots - an accumulation of particles forming the negative spaces in the net. How deep was the mystery? Did infinite infinities exist beyond our universe? In exploring these questions I wanted to examine the single dot that was my own life. One polka dot: a single particle among billions. I issued a manifesto stating that everything - myself, others, the entire universe - would be obliterated by white nets of nothingness connecting astronomical accumulations of dots. White nets enveloping the black dots of silent death against a pitch-dark background of nothingness.

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