53°32’.01N, 003°21’.29W, from the Sea

David Gauthier 2017

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 was the premiere of the work.


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


The New Observatory
June 2017 – October 2017 at FACT, Liverpool

Data Types

Causal, Environmental, Geospatial, Identifiable, Live, Processed, Real-time, Shared, Streamed, Temporal

About the Artist

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. https://gauthiier.info/