David Gauthier (CA/NL)


Measure for Measure for Measure, 2017

Mixed media, dimensions variable.


53°32'.01N, 003°21'.29W, from the Sea, 2017

Video with sound, approx. 15 mins; Hantarex monitors; Waverider buoy. Dimensions variable.


David Gauthier likes to mangle concepts, objects, languages, and disciplines. His work questions the ways in which meaning is ascribed to things and processes, particularly those which seem complicated or obscure.


Measure for Measure for Measure consists of a tide gauge hut in which predictions produced for Liverpool’s Gladstone Dock are read aloud and accompanied by a synthetic sea rendering. The project reflects the deep connection Liverpool has with the sea, and foregrounds how instruments related to the science of measurement (metrology) affect our understanding of the natural world.


Inspired by the work of painter J.M.W. Turner, 53°32’.01N, 003°21’.29W, from the Sea foregrounds the elements lost in data depictions: the natural forces of the world. This audio-visual installation uses data transmitted from a Waverider buoy deployed in Liverpool bay at the coordinates to create various outputs: a motion-corrected film of the buoy at sea, synthesised sound-waves produced from tracking and stabilising the buoy in the video frame, and a motionless online representation of the buoy and its produced data. Through a display of both the vigour of the sea in the first video, and the stillness of the second, the piece draws a sharp contrast between the buoy and its data. It is almost as if the dynamics of the buoy’s physical context come to be neutralised by the stillness of its corresponding data representation.

Courtesy of the artist. A new commission for FACT with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, EU COST Action IS1307, National Oceanographic Centre - University of Liverpool. With additional support from Datawell BV. This is the premiere of the work.


The Waverider buoy, first released in 1968, is capable of measuring very accurately wave height, wave direction, wave period, sea surface temperature and surface current, with data stored inside the buoy and transmitted via radio and/or satellite or GSM link.