28 December 2012

Eupalinos Ugajin: You are the music while the music lasts + There is a hole in my inventory

In the work of Eupalinos Ugajin, the intersection and interplay between incongruous objects creates a world where the irrational is expected and where nonsense is the norm. At times whimsical and often absurd, his most recent exhibition (or double exhibition), You are the music while the music lasts + There is a hole in my inventory, on view at LEA25, is a participatory experience in which the viewer interacts with the artwork in order to experience it, walking through the exhibition as if it were a grand stage. (Indeed, the viewer generally becomes part of the artwork.) Causality seems to have no logic: here, a click on a stick of dynamite will trap the viewer inside a giant house fan, or a click on a pile of red bicycle wheels positions the viewer at the helm of a computer, the Minivac 6010 (the buttons on which, by the way, are the keys to controlling many other things on the central level of the sim).

Positioned around the main level of the installation are many small but wonderful additions to the scene that were created by the team of Kikas Babenco and Marmaduke Arado. Be sure to have your sound turned up as you spend time here—I loved in particular the way in which there was something suggestive of a Doppler effect as I flew about over the sea below. Here are there you'll also discover some free items. Above all, one must click on everything—and there's a lot of it—to fully appreciate the exhibit.

Be sure to get to the top level of the exhibition, which isn't very visible from the lower or middle areas. You can fly up (about 350 meters) or take the teleport. Here, scattered about on an undulating surface, is a delightful collection of works by many artists, including AM Radio, blotto Epsilon, Scottius Polke, Albert Beerbaum, Naxos Loon, CapCat Ragu, Pandora Popstar, Astin Miles, Spartacus (Research Projects), Leyla Firefly, Jo Ellsmere, Whiskey Monday, aston Leisen, Hat Mechanic (Fade Dana), Four Yip, Penumbra Carter, Dekka Raymaker, Yooma Mayo, Madcow Cosmos, Alpha Auer, Cica Ghost, flopsie McArdle, Kake Broek, Marmaduke Arado, Koto Nizna, Typote Beck, Ruby69Kill Moonites, Lollito Larkham, Haveit Neox, Cutea Benelli, Aley, nessuno Mayo, Harter Fall, Bryn Oh, Trill Zapatero, paramparamm papp, pallina60 Loon, Xan Radek, Oberon Onmura, and probably others I missed. Their juxtaposition, which might normally seemed jumbled and disconnected, fits perfectly with the rest of the exhibition, because everything is a jumble, an assortment of unrelated things bound to coexist in harmony.


  1. I have spent hours there, and still haven't seen enough. Incredible vision.

  2. My pleasure, Eupa! I loved it. And I agree, Whiskey, it deserves many visits. :)

  3. Sorry deleted first comment. Kind of like Twitter, you can't edit your post once you hit publish!

    Anyway, just wanted to thank you for the tip. I spent a couple of hours over there, and took many photos. Will head back later on, I know there's no way I managed to see everything.

  4. Hi Sivya—no problem, I'll zapped that orphaned comment. (You would think you should be able to edit them!) Glad you enjoyed the exhibition, and thanks for reading!

  5. Er, I mean "I'll zap" — apparently I can't even edit my own comments! ;-)