Along Christiansgade you will find Uffe Isolotto’s Universal Serial Bus. The work echoes the design of the parking metres already found in the street and mimicks the architecture of the surrounding urban landscape – which includes the Masonic lodge and a building belonging to a Danish bank; Danske Bank.
The title points to the type of small connecting device commonly abbreviated as USB; plugs that allow us to transfer data or charge batteries. Thus, the work directly addresses part of the modern human condition: our connection to lifeless technologies has become fundamental to our self-understanding. When we connect our devices to a larger circuit via such electronic umbilical cords, we expose them and ourseves, thereby becoming vulnerable.
The sculpture is made out of metal, nuts and bolts, padlocks fitted with alarms and USB ports fitted with LED lights. Inside, the machine contains air-dried animal meat: skin and guts, ears and tails, tendon, trachea and a penis.
The organic contents inside the work will eventually rot and spoil. The iron grid will turn rusty. And the USB ports appearing in this work will become obsolete as new technology is developed. In this way, Isolotto has created a display case that does not preserve its contents; rather, it demonstrates the fleeting nature of time itself as a fragile material.
Uffe Isolotto (b. 1976, DK) is a graduate from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In his practice, he takes his starting point in the digital aspects of modern life in an attempt to redirect our habitual world views. He experiments with performance, interventions, immersive installations, digital art and video animations as well as with more traditional modes of expression such as photography and sculpture.
Material: Steel, metal nuts, padlocks fitted with alarms, LED USB ports. Air-dried animal meat: skins, liver, lungs, oesophagus, tails, ears, cow’s bellies, tendons, trachea and penis