leonardo ulian has a penchant for the process of turning technological systems into artistic innovations. ‘I am intrigued by the fact that electronic technology has become an important part in our daily life, almost something to worship,‘ the italian-born, london-based artist describes. his series of ‘technological mandalas’ fixate on this fascination — electronic components of various shapes and color are soldered together to create intricate, organized designs that recall the image of buddhist spiritual symbols.


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ulian’s ongoing series of ‘technological mandalas’ exposes the innards of our technological systems, depicting electronic circuits as extraordinary objects, rather than hidden mechanisms. each of the components are carefully connected to create intricate, artistic arrangements of wires, batteries and bite-sized apparatuses. ‘in reality my technological mandalas do not function as traditional electronics circuits,’ ulian continues, ‘but ideally like ephemeral electronic gizmos, recalling geometries that are able to trigger the eyes and minds of the viewers with imaginative pictures and thoughts of any sort. 

I like the idea of a universe made of infinite connections, between people, objects, feelings, states, planets and minds, as the links I develop in my technological mandalas.’


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  • What a shame that these beautiful creations are not functional as well. I know a gentleman who makes very similar works of art, but they work and perform useful functions as well – a perfect fusion of function, technology and art.

    John Moran says:
  • They ARE functional! They function as art should; ‘in reality my technological mandalas do not function as traditional electronics circuits,’ ulian continues, ‘but ideally like ephemeral electronic gizmos, recalling geometries that are able to trigger the eyes and minds of the viewers with imaginative pictures and thoughts of any sort. I like the idea of a universe made of infinite connections, between people, objects, feelings, states, planets and minds, as the links I develop in my technological mandalas.’

    julie alice chappell says:

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