Measure for Measure for Measure

David Gauthier 2017

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.

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.

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.


Mixed media, 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.