Steel enclosure, toggle switches, key, Lindner Elroyal opalescent bulb, coiled cord, post-it with a unique code.
‘Hilbert’ is a new creation of Belgian artist Oscar Hugal from 2016. Inspired by the legendary computer scientist Alan Turing and the early coding and decoding machines, the user is challenged to look for a specific combination of the switches to turn on the bulb. The artist is interested in the idea of turning on a lamp into an unnecessary complex gesture.
The visual simplicity of the design is underscored by its elaborate title, a twist on how one should describe the lamp when filing it for a patent application. The artist perceived the lamp as an ‘apparatus’ to determine its aesthetic and used parts usually associated with machines. On the inside there is a manual with hieroglyphic symbols, turning the lamp into a riddle.
Nate Lights' Artist Editions is curated by Ben Van den Berghe.
read more about Oscar Hugal
Oscar Hugal (*1986 in Antwerp) lives and works in Antwerp.
The practice of Oscar Hugal is indirectly but strongly influenced by conceptual art and institutional critique. His recent drawings and objects reflect on the act of production and “making work work”. He allows his artistic process to be determined by systematic yet arbitrary procedures he devices to determine when and how his ideas are being translated into new work. His practice can be read as the reconstruction of a disrupted narrative that only the artist can put together.
Hugal has exhibited, among others, at the 27th Brno Biennial, Stadtgalerie in Bern, Voorkamer in Lier, Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, Stiftung Insel Hombroich in Neuss, De Brakke Grond in Amsterdam and Extra City in Antwerp. He has been involved in curatorial projects such as Please Use the Other Door: Origin + Source and Openbaar Museum in Antwerp.
Find out more: www.oscarhugal.be