Ok thanks again everyone for your feedback on Instagram and for motivating me to get my site back up! I figured I’d do a soft relaunch of the website to share more of my Shiseido Dots X Infinity Mirrors experience.
Unlike the masses I did not get in queue to score tickets to Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors Exhibit because honestly I don’t have patience for lineups, virtual or real, and I thought the 20 second limit in each room was just another money generating gimmick.
Long story short, I was wrong, so very wrong.
I’ve received a ton of comments and DMs about the experience so I figured I’d put a few Q&As below along with more pictures from the exhibit to give you a better idea of what it was like.
I really hope you enjoy the pictures and if you have any other questions/comments you can leave them below or head back over to my Instagram.
What Was The Event/How Did You Get Invited?
As you should all know by now, I leave the house for three things: work, food and Dave Lackie events. Dave Lackie is a CDN beauty editor who regularly hosts VIP Twitter follower events here in Toronto. I am fortunate enough to receive invites to a lot of his events through his website and Twitter contests, including this Shiseido X Infinity Mirrors event.
Shiseido teamed up with the Art Gallery of Ontario (“AGO”) to sponsor the Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors exhibit and held a huge party at the AGO to launch the Kusama exhibit and promote their Essential Energy Cream (I will post about that separately but here is a product link.)
This event was different than most of the events I go to because it was combined with a larger event for influencers and bloggers. Typically our events are private so it was interesting to mingle with Toronto’s blogger community and nice to actually meet some people I’ve “met” through Instagram face to face.
Our group was the first into the Infinity Mirror Toronto exhibit other than the initial press launch which was just blessed. The exhibit was a collection of Yayoi Kusama’s art which included a variety of installations (Infinity Rooms), sculptures, paintings, and films.
The Infinity Rooms are essentially mini rooms/installations guests can enter for a maximum of 20-30 seconds at a time depending on the room. Apparently its rare to get into the rooms alone due to the high volume of guests. Visitors are typically asked to enter in pairs or groups of 3-4 so I was extremely fortunate to enter all of them solo.
Speaking of blessed, thank you to the AGO attendant wherever you are for your intell. If you do get tickets, I learned from my girl that there is no sequence i.e. you don’t have to start at Room 1 where everyone else does once you’re released into the exhibit. I started at the end of the exhibit and worked my way back which completely mitigated, if not eliminated, the lines.
If you only get 20-30 Seconds, is it worth the line-up both to get tickets and at the exhibit?
Like you, I was a skeptic but the answer is yes. If you can manage to get tickets, do it. In terms of the 20 second max, the artist herself set this limit, not the galleries, so it isn’t just a tool to generate more money (although I’m sure it helps).
The best piece of advice I can give is to remember the exhibit is SO much more than just the Infinity Rooms. As I mentioned above, the exhibit features her films, paintings, sculptures and other interactive installations to enjoy.
One of my favourite rooms is called The Obliteration Room. Each guest gets a handful of stickers to place wherever they like in the room. Mine went mostly to the dog bowl of course.
Another favourite of mine is Phalli’s Field, the room full of fabric penises. Yayoi Kusama explains:
“I began making penises in order to heal my feelings of disgust towards sex. Reproducing the objects, again and again, was my way of conquering the fear. It was kind of self-therapy.”
I have the maturity of an 8-year old boy so I clearly loved this room and her fascination with penises in general. But overall, the exhibit is full of quirky installations, quotes and interactive spaces like this that are sure to take you out of reality and make any resentment leftover from waiting completely dissipate.
Can I Get An Invite?
I’m constantly asked how I get to go to these events and the answer is as simple as this, get on social media! Instagram and Twitter, specifically. For Dave’s events in particular, its as easy as following him on Twitter and entering through his posts.
I’m also surprised at how apprehensive people are when I tell them to get online because most of the time its as easy as retweet or leave a comment! You would not believe how much product I receive or events I get to attend just through some minor interaction online!
Beyond that, I’ve actually formed some genuine friendships through my social media interactions. Although I go alone to the majority of the events, I always meet somebody new or run into the many familiar faces I’ve met over the years which makes the events that much better!
I never really know how to express my gratitude to Dave or the brands that provide me with such unique experiences but I truly am grateful for each and every one of them.
If you’re interested in checking out the exhibit, the next block of tickets go on sale March 20th for AGO Members and March 27th to the public.
Thanks again for your interest in my experiences and photos! I probably won’t do comprehensive posts like this too often but I will try to share all the photos that I have stockpiled up at a minimum!
Thanks for reading and sharing!