Prayers

1999

Intervention with computer interface and fog machine transmitting office activity as Morse-encoded smoke signals , Variable dimensions

A computer interface continually captures all the keystrokes typed on another computer within the same building. In real time, it translates this data to Morse code and broadcast this into the surrounding atmosphere as Morse-encoded smoke signals (longer and shorter puffs of smoke from a standard fog machine) through a vent or other opening in the building. More and less active at various times of the day and its output more and less visible under varying conditions, the apparatus is a kind of exhaust system for the machine of daily industry. At the same time, it relates today's electronic communications to previous revolutions in technology and communications: telegraph, binary languages, steam power, smoke signals. Everyday hopes and fleeting desires, channeled through the implements of daily work, are briefly given form as they are dispersed into the world at large, on the wing of a prayer.

Computer programming by Greg Langille. Produced with the assistance of the Ottawa Art Gallery for the exhibition "In All the Wrong Places".

Solo Exhibitions: Plug In ICA and Gallery One One One, Germaine Koh: Around/About, Nov 2001-Jan 2002.
Solo Exhibitions: Contemporary Art Gallery, Germaine Koh, May-Jul 2001.
Solo Exhibitions: Kamloops Art Gallery, Germaine Koh: Weather Systems, 2013.
Group Exhibitions: Pump House Gallery, Smoke, Oct-Dec 2008.
Group Exhibitions: Seoul Museum of Art, MosaiCanada: Sign & Sound, Sep-Oct 2003.
Group Exhibitions: Bloomberg SPACE, Our Mutual Friend, Feb-Mar 2003.
Group Exhibitions: Bellevue Arts Museum, IN THROUGH THE OUT DOOR, 2003.
Group Exhibitions: Power Plant, IN THROUGH THE OUT DOOR, Jun-Sep 2002.
Group Exhibitions: Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte (MUCA) - Roma , Rotación XIV, Feb-Mar 2002.
Group Exhibitions: Ottawa Art Gallery, In All the Wrong Places / Dans des lieux incongrus, Sep-Oct 1999.
Catalogues & Books: Dave Dyment, Germaine Koh: Stall, 2004. Read
Catalogues & Books: Wayne Baerwaldt, Nancy Campbell & Keunhye Lim, MosaiCanada: Sign & Sound, 2003.
Catalogues & Books: Melanie O'Brian, Germaine Koh, 2002. Read
Catalogues & Books: Cliff Eyland, Germaine Koh: Around About , 2001. PDF
Catalogues & Books: Laura U Marks, Germaine Koh, 2001. PDF
Catalogues & Books: Robert Klanten, Sven Ehmann, Nicolas Bourquin & Thibaud Tissot, eds., Data Flow 2, 2010.
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Patrice Loubier, Germaine Koh Works., 2005. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Pascale Beaudet, exhibition essay, Feb 2004. Read
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Regina Hackett, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1 Aug 2003. Read
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Pennina Barnett, Women: a cultural review, Winter 2002. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Marc Mayer, Christopher Brayshaw et al, TIME Magazine, Canadian edition, 14 Oct 2002. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Sarah Milroy, Globe and Mail, 3 Nov 2001. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Ron Nurwisah, Rice Paper, 20 Jun 2001. Read
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Joan Richardson, Vie des Arts, Summer 2001. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Robin Laurence, Georgia Straight, 24-31 May 2001. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Robin Laurence, Globe and Mail, 19 May 2001. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Leah McLaren, Globe and Mail, 24 Feb 2001. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Mathew Kabatoff, Rhizome.org, 30 Jan 2001. Read
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Catherine Osborne, Canadian Forum, Mar 2000. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Laura U Marks, Tout le temps / Every Time: Biennale de Montréal 2000, 2000. Read
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Diana Nemiroff et al., Globe and Mail, 6 Nov 1999. PDF

Germaine Koh, Prayers, Intervention with computer interface and fog machine transmitting office activity as Morse-encoded smoke signals.