DOT DOT DOT DASH: WORKPLACE GATESHEAD

21 November 2015 - 30 January 2016

A well-known  Morse code rhythm from the  Second  World  War period derives from  Beethoven's  Fifth Symphony, the opening phrase of which was regularly played at the beginning of BBC broadcasts. The timing of the notes corresponds to the Morse for "V"; di-di-di-dah and stood for "V for Victory" (as well as the Roman numeral for the number five).

 

The  V  sign has various meanings, depending on the cultural context and how it is presented.  It has been used to represent the letter “V” as in “victory".  It is also used by people as an offensive gesture, and by many others simply to signal the number  2.  Since the 1960s, when the “V sign” was widely adopted by the counterculture movement, it has come to be used as a symbol of peace.

 

DOT  DOT  DOT  DASH  brings together work by five artists working across media whose individual enquiries deliberately tread a complex and polarized line in terms of subject, intention,  and potential interpretation.