To coincide with the 40th anniversary of the completion of Oxford Street's Centre Point Tower, artist Cerith Wyn Evans transmitted a Morse code message into the London night sky. The project entitled Meanwhile…across town, produced by Forma and curated by Mathieu Copeland, involved employing the letters 'O' and 'I' from the Centre Point sign to transmit an extract from The Visible and the Invisible, an unfinished book by the French existentialist philosopher, Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908-1961).
The building acted as a host organism infected with a virus – the code of a dying language that has taken up temporary residence. The text was buried in the urban landscape, where the pulsating narrative of the Morse code signal might even suggest that every other flashing light might be beaming out its own story. This invasion of the social fabric of the City is at the core of the artist’s intentions. Meanwhile…across town is an elegant and subtly perverse way of pointing to no more than the communication itself; through the archaic communication tool of Morse code, broadcast across town, its message became, ultimately, temporarily an intrinsic part of the cityscape.
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February 14 – March 31, 2004 Centre Point Tower, London, United Kingdom