Relay

2004

Flashing beacon transmitting in Morse Code text messages received on mobile phone

Relay is a subtle intervention that combines the lonely image of a flashing navigation beacon, city electrical systems, and the invisible communications networks that surround us. A utilitarian light fixture or existing building lights enigmatically flashes – in Morse code – SMS text messages received on a designated mobile phone number. These intangible thoughts, translated into fleeting pulses, become physical embodiments of the currents of hope, loss and longing embedded in communication across distances. Locally, the light may also begin to operate as a sort of bulletin board conveying news from near and far and providing opportunities for sociability and local messaging in the immediate area and across the city. The beacon merges early technologies for communication and navigation with some of the more contemporary methods by which information and desire flow today.

Commissioned by Liverpool Biennial International 2004. Computer programming by Greg Langille

Solo Exhibitions: Germaine Koh: Call and Relay, Oct-Nov 2007.
Solo Exhibitions: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Germaine Koh: Relay, Jun-Aug 2005. Image
Group Exhibitions: The Networked City, May-Jun 2006.
Group Exhibitions: f.city, Sep-Oct 2006.
Group Exhibitions: SF Camerawork, Monument Recall: Public Memory and Public Spaces, Oct-Nov 2004.
Group Exhibitions: 3rd Liverpool Biennial International, Sep-Nov 2004.
Catalogues & Books: The Networked City, forthcoming.
Catalogues & Books: Paul Domela ed., Liverpool Biennial International 04, 2004. PDF
Catalogues & Books: Dave Dyment, Germaine Koh: Stall, 2004. Read
Catalogues & Books: Don Williams, textbook, 2007.
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Sarah Cook, annual publication, forthcoming. Read
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Stacey Abramson, Uptown, 22 Nov 2007.
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Vanessa Joan Müller, Be Magazine, 2005. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Elissa Barnard, Halifax Herald, 29 Sep 2004. Read
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Adrian George, Liverpool Biennial International 04, 2004. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Sarah Cook & Beryl Graham, Rethinking Curating: Art After New Media, 2010.

Germaine Koh, Relay, 2004, flashing beacon transmitting in Morse Code text messages received on mobile phone. View of presentation at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle/Gateshead, 2005. Photo: Germaine Koh.