"Diary: How to Improve the world (you will only make matters worse) continued 1968 (revised)" from 'M' writings '67-'72 by John Cage

2003
Wyn Evans, Cerith
This installation pays homage to a work by John Cage. A crystal chandelier flashes on and off to convey a Morse code translation of Cage's writings. The code is converted back into text on a nearby computer screen. A chandelier denotes a certain grandeur and extravagance, and in using it, Wyn Evans sets the stage for a theatrical occasion. Whereas a chandelier derives its power through excess, Morse code relies on a system of reduction, from words and letters to dots and dashes. Both forms reference the past, with Morse code proving particularly redundant in the wake of satellite communication systems. Cerith Wyn Evans has received international recognition for his poetic investigations into a range of subjects including time, perception and language. He uses technological artefacts, words and syntax to create installations which seek a direct dialogue between object and audience. Lizzie Wright
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  • Material description: chandelier, flat screen monitor, morse code unit, computer
  • Credit line: © the artist
  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Installation
  • Accession number: ACC41/2003

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