The mystery of the Egg in Second Life

The Egg
The Egg, LEA 19

Now open at LEA 19 as a part of the 9th Artist in Residence series is Livio Korobase’s The Egg. And a curious installation it is (slight pun intended).

The introductory notes provide a Theosophy Trust treatise on the role of the egg throughout human history. It’s a comprehensive piece, guiding the reader from the creation myth of the Cahuilla Indians by way of Scandinavia, Russia and China, through the Laws of Manu and asks us to consider the role of the egg in reproduction, the power of life, of creation, that it contains.  It’s also quite heady, and something that may well leave the reader just how it and the installation might relate to one another.

The Egg
The Egg, LEA 19

This presents a giant egg, supported atop a scaffold, and itself topped by a meditative frog. Below and around this lies a gently undulating landscape, semi-flooded and overlaid in places by mandalas. On this sits what I can only describe as a series of scenes, each one individual in style and presentation (and each uniquely identifiable as Livio’s work). Some of these offer elements those familiar with Livio’s past installations may recognise. Some of them are wonderfully interactive (touching and clicking is strongly encouraged, as is having local sounds enabled).

But what is their relationship with the introductory notes? Obviously, if one seeks meaning hard enough, it will be found; and in truth there are some subtle echoes between text and installation. The egg sits at the centre of everything, much as it is represented as being at the heart of all creation; and certainly, there is a lot of creation evident in the installation: scaffolds, ladders, wheelbarrows, and cement mixers. The egg is the source of life, and there are  references to life and love to be found. The egg is a cultural symbol, and there are cultural symbols in evidence here as well; some perhaps more obvious than others.

The Egg
The Egg, LEA 19

But all that said, I cannot help but feel that when all is said and done, Livio has approached this installation with a very large twinkle in his eye. While the Theosophy treatise on the egg may well stir the grey matter, he’s actually telling us not to look too deeply for a connection, but simply accept – and enjoy.

However you opt to interpret the installation, do be sure to visit – and make sure you spend time poking and touching and listening and enjoying. Above all, do make sure you pay a visit to the area under the egg, and follow the arrow (that is, click on it). It will lead you to the heart of the egg itself.

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