~100 Words #8: The Anti-Infinity Room Part 2

Following up from last post, the idea that this paper gave me was that it may be theoretically possible to make an object that it is impossible to capture in a digital photo. If I were to make some kind of bright cube, say, entirely lit by synced LEDs all pulsing in breakneck unison, isolated in an environment with very little other lighting, it may be possible that given the right conditions you can create an unphotographable sculpture.

However, on its own as an object, I dont think this is a particularly good idea. To avoid excessively long exposure times you would need a very bright light (which would drown out the rest of the photo anyway) or ambient light (which would dramatically decrease the potency of the effect). The two solutions I think are viable are both based on Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Rooms and the “infinity cubes” you can find around the internet (closely related to but not exactly Ivyone Khoo’s Infinity Cubes). One idea, from Kusama, use the sculpture as a way to light up a room with a mirrored interior, so that the light is contained but spread out around the room to create ambient light in sync with the cadence of the objects cycle itself. The second idea, from these kitschy one-way mirrored geometric forms, is to line the vertices of the room with strips of LEDs in assorted patterns instead of focusing on a central object, so the effect is only by the ambient light.

Infinity Mirror Rooms – Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors | Hirshhorn Museum |  Smithsonian
One of Yayoi Kusama’s rooms
Photo Report: Infinity Mirror Dodecahedron Photozone - by ETERESHOP in 2021  | Light art installation, Infinity mirror, Infinity art
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