Uffe Isolotto
Universal Serial Bus

Danish artist Uffe Isolotto has created the sculpture Universal Serial Bus, which is placed alongside Christiansgade. The art work addresses the human condition and takes its name from the expanded form of the acronym USB; the portal where you can plug in your electronic devices, to share information or recharge your batteries. Isolotto creates a port where we can do the same and plug ourselves into a larger network. Our dependence and attachment to these lifeless electronic devices have become the basis of or understanding of ourselves. When you expose your device by connecting it to a larger network through the electronic umbilical cord, you expose yourself and become vulnerable.

The design of Universal Serial Bus mimics the architecture of the surrounding urban landscape; the building of the Danish Freemasons and the building of Danske Bank. The sculpture is made of steel, nuts, bolts, padlocks with attached alarms, and LED-lighted USB ports wich do not work. Inside the Sculpture lies air-dried animal hide, liver lungs, esophagus, tails, ears, tripe, wings, tendons, tracheal and penis. Isolotto has created a display case that instead of conserving and preserving the materials inside, points to time’s effect on the fragile biological material. The metal of the display case changes colour, structure and tactility due to wind and weather. This impermanence will in time also include the sculpture’s USB-ports as technology changes and renders them obsolete.

Uffe Isolotto’s work is based on an unavoidable presence of the digital and seeks to redirect our automated view of the world. He experiments with performance, intervention, installation, digital art and video animation, and with more traditional forms of expression such as photography, and in the case of Universal Serial Bus – sculpture.

Materials: Steel, nuts, bolts, padlocks with attached alarms, and LED-lighted USB ports, air-dried animal hide, liver, lungs, esophagus, tails, ears, tripe, wings, tendons, tracheal and penis.

Uffe Isolotto, Universal Serial Bus, 2018. Photo: Kåre Viemose
Uffe Isolotto, Universal Serial Bus, 2018. Photo: Kåre Viemose
Uffe Isolotto, Universal Serial Bus, 2018. Photo: Kåre Viemose
Uffe Isolotto, Universal Serial Bus, 2018. Photo: Kåre Viemose