My vessel has stopped and making no way through the water

2012, Projectors, abstracted plinths, mulit-channel audio

Collaborative installation and artist book with Caitlin Franzmann for Siege Mentality, OtherFilm Festival 2012

Images courtesy of Bryan Spencer and Small House Books


This installation combines digital imagery of international maritime flags and audio recordings of Morse Code transmissions into a new abstract language. Highlighting how frequently purported ‘international’ communications are in actuality restricted to a privileged few – the military, merchant shipping vessels and wealthy pleasure boaters – the installation inspects and subjects this communication material to processes of abstraction and purification. Reducing the flag language to basic forms – light, shadow, colour, shape and sound (the key elements of cinema), the work nullifies its agreed meanings, reformulating the experience of expression as at once something shared, and uniquely individual.