The Conduit - ‘Semper Occultus’


On Friday 2 January 2009 John Wild, psychogeographer of dataSPACE, become both a conduit and guide leading a drift through the invisible geography's of microwave communications, traversing Vauxhall Bridge, under the towering monolith of Terry Farrell’s New-Babylonian ziggurat the SIS (Mi6) Building.

Unlike previous 'The Conduit' performances the themes of ‘Semper Occultus’ where silence, disappearance and power.

The performance had three distinct phases.

1) Listening to London’s skyline whilst walked across Vauxhall Bridge. This was characterized by the intense noise of electro-magnetic communications beamed from London's Tower Blocks and Office Buildings which where received and made audible by John Wild's microwave receivers.

2) Silence at the foot of the SIS building. The effect of the SIS building was to block out the electro-magnetic communications, silencing the microwave receivers, creating an eiary quiet reminiscent of entering a sacred site.

3) Listening to Millbank Tower from the beach of the Themes. The drift was lead round the SIS building and down onto the beach to the Themes where the performance was concluded by listening to the erratic and intense texture of data transmitted from Millbank Tower with the inky black of the Themes at our feet.