Helpmehelpyou

In 2002 whilst working collaboratively with the Glasgow based artists Lisa Le Grove I was commissioned by the Arches in Glasgow to present ‘Helpmehelpyou‘ a live performance of semaphore code streamed via the Internet. ‘Helpmehelpyou’ utilised media streaming to communicate the semaphore signaled message to a variety of locations simultaneously.

The message signaled comprised of platitudes and advice taken from a variety of self-help manuals that address the angst and stress of modern day living. The signaling system is known by very few and so these life affirming messages were almost certainly read first and foremost as an intriguing visual spectacle. In this respect the performance, streamed footage and resultant documentation could be read as a comforting reminder that somewhere, someone cares as well as a hypnotic distraction from everyday life.