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Early poetry and memoirs read by artist-friends.
David Gibbs – Semaphore, installation (video, different media, coiled LED)
In David Gibbs’ work the word Semaphore appears divided into nine letters in three lines. In the video, signals appear in fixed cycles. Each signal represents a single letter integrated into a message: ‘A poor sea poem. ̓
Semaphore is a telegraphy system conveying information at a distance by means of visual signals with hand-held flags. It was popular in the maritime world in the 19th century and is still used for emergency communication. John Gibbs, the father of Michael and grandfather of David, was familiar with the system because he used to be a navy officer.