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A Post-it note almost imperceptibly twitching on a page to mark time; a model sailing ship stretched full circle until bow and stern merge like a snake eating its tail; a skeleton assembled out of rawhide dog bones: Tim Hawkinson's work is always surprising. But with Überorgan he's outdone himself. A combination bagpipe, pipe organ, and player piano elegantly jury-rigged mostly out of materials you might find at your local Home Depot and Radio Shack, Überorgan is a behemoth sound-producing instrument. Its principal components are twelve Winnebago-size polyethylene bags lashed to the ceiling, walls, and floor of the exhibition space and corseted into shape with nylon rope and tuna-fishing nets. It looks like bodily organs set in a gargantuan chest and abdominal cavity.

Hawkinson's organ is “conducted” by a machine that uses photoelectric cells to read painted dots and dashes on a 250-foot-long

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