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Walking through the swirling mists of Ann Veronica Janssens’ yellowbluepink at the Wellcome Collection

There’s an intriguing new installation at the Wellcome Collection in central London, with Ann Veronica Janssens’ wonderful ‘yellowbluepink’ inviting visitors to get lost in thick, disorientating, coloured fog.

There was quite a lengthy queue to get inside, but it was worth wait, with visitors led into a large room filled with mist.

Navigating the space was tricky, as walls and people would hove in and out of view through the fog, and it was easy to completely lose your bearings. It was also a bloody brilliant place to play hide and seek!

The experience reminded me of the equally unsettling Momentum installation at the Barbican last year, where clouds and shifting lights made the simple act of getting from A to B a challenge.

The gallery describes the work:

Colour is caught in a state of suspension, obscuring any detail of surface or depth. Instead, attention is focussed on the process of perception itself. Janssens’s work is both disorienting and uplifting as the daily wonder of conscious experience is given renewed emphasis.

Here’s some more photos from the installation.

The sizeable queue. The website offers this advice:

Entrance into the space is limited. Queuing or timed ticketing may be in operation, and last entry will typically be an hour before closing at weekends and Thursday evenings. Keep an eye on Twitter for extra updates: @explorewellcome.

More info:

Wellcome Collection
183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE
Tel: +44 (0)20 7611 2222
email: info@wellcomecollection.org

Admission free.

Gallery opening times
Monday galleries closed
Tuesday 10:00 – 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 – 18:00
Thursday 10:00 – 22:00
Friday 10:00 – 18:00
Saturday 10:00 – 18:00
Sunday 11:00 – 18:00