resin, copper, electrical components, telephone handsets, a.m. radio transmitter. Dimensions variable.
'Ouroboros' consists of between 8 and 10 casts of dried barracuda fish, which have had copper wound around them in coils and a small diode added to make them into functioning radios. Fishermen make use of the fact that the fish have very sharp teeth and jam their tails into their mouths in order to form a loop. They can hang the loop on a stick to dry in the sun.
'Ouroboros' is the word for the widespread symbolic form of the serpent eating its own tail, used to signify eternity, or the perfect being (one who is self-sustaining). Crystal radios were one of the first radio sets invented to receive sound broadcasts, rather than the earliest radio transmissions of morse code from spark-gap signal generators. They lived on throughout the 20th century as toys for young boys to build, and simple receivers for military situations. The important thing about them is that they require no external power supply. They are powered by the radio waves they receive and as long as there is radio information, the crystal radio will work. As a result, there is no 'off' switch.
They are not powerful enough to drive a speaker cone, so the radio must be listened to through a headphone with a piezoelectric diaphragm. This means it must always be a solitary experience.