LONDON.-The Hayward Project Space succumbs to a cacophony of unusual noises as it hosts a new exhibition by Southbank Centre Artist in Residence Ujino. Ugly Knitting is part art installation, part performance and part musical chorus.
Ujino (b. 1964, Tokyo) is a renowned Tokyo-based sculptor and musician who founded The Rotators in 2003, a band whose members consist of ordinary household appliances. Each of these musicians are connected to the Rotatorhead, a unit created from a specially adapted DJs mixing desk that Ujino has programmed to automatically control all The Rotators components. The permanent members of The Rotators are: a blender, for its heavy, low frequency sounds - like a punchy kick drum; the drill, for its snappy, tight snare drum sound; and the hairdryer, which resembles a fuzzy bass and also doubles as vocals.
For this exhibition at The Hayward Project Space, Ujino is transforming the space into his workshop, continuously welcoming new band members from London during his stay at The Southbank Centre as Hamlyn Artist in Residence. During the exhibitions run, Ujino and The Rotators will give several public performances as part of Southbank Centres Ether 09 Festival of Art and Technology with all performances taking place on the Festival Terrace.
The Rotators also feature in Ujinos Sherbet Dab Swivel, a temporary outdoor sculpture installed on Festival Terrace until 24 April and active from 10am to 10pm every day. Taking part of its title from Cockney rhyming slang, this new work is inspired by Londons iconic taxicabs and the citys equestrian statues. These are metamorphosed like a Transformer toy into a twenty-first monument to urban transport, complete with flashing lights and intermittent sounds.