The technological mandalas of Leonardo Ulian

The last few days have been intense at work and no time to write anything!
This is impressive how a PA/EA role can be diverse: I never thought I would have to work so much with IT and with a lot of setup/repair of ipads and phones ! (and the geek inside me actually enjoyed it..!)

So as this is Friday, still working, but on the way to the calm weekend, let’s share today the technological Mandalas from Leonardo Ulian.

A mandala is a spiritual symbol for the Universe that we find in both Hinduism and Buddhism, a sort of cosmic diagram, usually square with a circle in the middle and full of geometric pattern. But this is not just a pretty drawing, it is also a guidance tool for meditation, and the notion of wholeness and space.

Of course, not every contemporary mandala have such deep notions, and the ones from Leonardo Ulian may seems far from it with all its little transistor, wiring, capacitors,… but it is as hypnotic, colourful, and maybe an interpretation of our 21st c. universe, where technology reigns.

Leonardo Ulian, Technological mandala 62 – Elio, 2015
Leonardo Ulian, Technological mandala # 38, 2014
Leonardo Ulian, Technological mandala 19, 2014

He also explored in a more interactive way our relation with technology in the installation made few years ago at the Zabludovwicz collection in London, for the group show “A Sense of Things”. There, the mandala is connected to 3 radios, which then generate a sound according to the place where the spectator stand in the room.

To have a better overview on this, please have a look on this video he made for the occasion:

https://player.vimeo.com/video/85597089 Technological mandala 42 – random relay from Leonardo Ulian on Vimeo.

Pictures from Artsy

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