OSCAR HUGAL (FOR NATE LIGHTS’ ARTIST EDITIONS) | APPARATUS WITH MULTIPLE SWITCHES FOR OPERATING A LIGHT BULB, CALLED HILBERT
Inspired by the legendary computer scientist Alan Turing and early coding and decoding machines, this device challenges the user to look for a specific combination of switches to turn on the bulb. What can normally be done with the simplest of moves thus becomes a very complex operation. On the inside there is a manual with hieroglyphic symbols, turning the lamp even more into a riddle. While creating the lamp out of a steel enclosure, toggle switches, a key, Lindner Elroyal opalescent bulb, coiled cord, and a post-it with a code, the artist also used parts that are usually associated with machines, and underscored it with a title that is not unlike the description used when filing for a patent application. Clearly: somebody is throwing his light here on the dark matter of the Machine Age. The light was produced in a limited edition of 10 by and for Nate Lights' Artist Editions, curated by Ben Van den Berghe.