I WISH TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOU 2017
Part of The New Observatory commission
FACT, Liverpool, UK
Approaches to Liverpool 2017 pencil on paper 145x270cm (detail)
I Wish to Communicate With You maps the different sites and technologies relating to the old Liverpool and Bidston Observatories, linking them to their current legacies such as the National Oceanographic Centre at Liverpool University. Wang’s unique style of drawing renders a network of places, communities, and instruments as a vast evolving assemblage. Flags, installed by the artist at FACT and atop the Bidston Lighthouse and Bidston Observatory, depict her own designs for reworking traditional semaphore signals for the 21st century.
Wang’s flags echo the 18th century merchant’s signalling system used to mark the arrival of their vessels, reawakening Bidston’s 200 year history as a site of flag-based communication. Local lore tells of sailors’ wives watching for the hoisting of flags, to mark when their loved ones might return safely home.
Wang will also be in residency at Metal, Edge Hill (research material), for two months during the exhibition, developing an accompanying film project which will be screened at FACT, and delivering observational drawing workshops at FACT. This is the premiere of the work.
I Wish to Communicate With You 2017 production still
I Wish to Communicate With You 2017 installation view at Bidston Lighthouse and FACT
Courtesy of the artist. A new commission for FACT supported by Ministry of Culture, Taiwan and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The film was supported by Department of Culture Affairs, Taipei City Government.