Monday, October 16, 2006


In 2002 ’Lisalouise' were commissioned by the new work programme at the Arches in Glasgow to present 'Helpmehelpyou' a live performance of semaphore code streamed via the Internet. ’Helpmehelpyou’ utilised media streaming in order to communicate the performance message to a variety of locations simultaneously. The original performance maximised the audience at two contrasting locations, the live performance on the west coast of Scotland and the project space, where the streamed action was presented, in Glasgow. The project was funded by Scottish Arts Council , The Arts Council of England , The Big Idea and My Beautiful TV .

The message signalled through semaphore comprised of platitudes and advice taken from a variety of self-help manuals that address the angst and stress of modern day living. The signalling system is known by very few and so these life affirming messages were almost certainly read first and foremost as an intriguing visual spectacle. In this respect the performance, streamed footage and resultant documentation could be read as a comforting reminder that somewhere, someone cares as well as a hypnotic distraction from everyday life.

The original streamed documentation has subsequently been exhibited at a number of galleries and public screenings including The Hereford Salon in London (2002) The International 3 Gallery in Manchester (2003) and The Big Screen in association with the Corner House Gallery and BBC North (2004 & 2006). In additiont to this the live performance was presented from ’Arthur Seat’ as part of the group show 'Bishops Move' at the Embassy Gallery in Edinburgh (2004). The filmed documentation of the live event was presented throughout the subsequent exhibition.

The message signed.
Be confident.
Believe in happiness
Imagine feeling good.
Embrace criticism.
It is possible to change the world around us by changing ourselves.
We are not victims we are empowered.
To change your attitude is to change you life.
It’s time to learn how to be a great team player.
Make a new choice.
There is no problem that trust cannot heal.
Do not deny your feelings.
Anger is a form of control.
We only give the love we allow ourselves to receive.
We use others to people our conspiracy against ourselves.
Expectations are hidden demands.
A willingness to forgive and to forgive another can release you.
Guilt is merely a trap.
Judge judgment.
Living ones purpose is leaping the abyss to love and leaving the bridge for others to follow.
Competition is a form of delay.


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