"Smoke as Words" is a continuation of Glebes's site specific gestures investigating, via smoke signals and ancient telegraphic codes sent by torch, themes of illegibility, communication, and language.
2010 - ongoing
Images Depicts the following:
1. Documentation of performance during which Glebes sent the message "We want to be perceived" by raising and lowering a torch to count off the visual code.
Photograph courtesy Ryan Thompson
2. Torch built from found materials including bed spring, braided straw, sawdust, wire, broken garden hoe.
3. Detail of bedspring used as part of torch.
4. Braided grass used in construction of torch.
5 & 6. All messages sent for "Smoke as Words" are encoded using a polybius square encryption method. The numerical codes are displayed as graphite transfer drawings accompanied by the ash from the burnt torch.