By Koray Hussein
If I told you there was a room somewhere in London that would give you the sensation of walking through a bag of strawberry, banana and bubblegum sherbet whilst managing to disorientate you in one of the most enjoyable ways possible… would you believe me? Because there is… And it’s absolutely glorious.
Ann Veronica Janssens’ extraordinary exhibition has visitors wandering around a completely empty room which is filled with coloured mist that renders anything a metre or so away from you entirely hidden.
The entire experience is insanely surreal and I honestly think that The Wellcome Collection is currently (and will be until January 3rd, 2016) home to what is the most bipolar exhibition I’ve ever been to, managing to make me feel really uncomfortable in an oddly relaxing way.
Upon entering the room through the two double doors, I was greeted with the warm yellow mist and the voices of visitors who braved the hour long queue before me and instinctively muttered “Oh shit!” in amazement…
By the way, you read that right; I got to The Wellcome Collection at a little before one in the afternoon and entered the room at gone two so if you’re allergic to queuing get there nice and early.
… It took me a few seconds to take it all before I could start to wander around the room, listening to the voices shuffle past me without seeing who was speaking as the mist slowly began to change from yellow to pink to blue.
It may seem like an incredibly stupid thing to write in a written review but… It’s really, really hard to put into words how it feels to walk through a room with no visual indication that you are indeed walking other than the air changing colour or somebody magically appearing by your side and then disappearing just as suddenly.
Maybe this short video will help me get across the sensation and please bare in mind, I was walking and/or turning throughout this entire clip…
It needs to be experienced to be (kind of) understood and I highly recommend everyone gets down to The Wellcome Collection to check out yellowbluepink.
Ann Veronica Janssens: yellowbluepink opened on Octover 15th, 2015 and is running until January 3rd, 2016 and best of all, it’s completely free.
Get. Down. There.