Morse Code Communication

In 2003 Klara Hobza gave herself the task to trigger a conversation with the outside world through light signals in Morse code. She built an archaic apparatus consisting of 12 light bulbs which she switched on and off in Morse code sequences. When nobody answered she upgraded her machine to 120 lights.

Three years later, as her communication attempts were still unsuccessful, she connected 1,200 lights and sent out messages out of the highest tower available. Her 30,000 Watt of light finally succeeded: In the fall of 2006, citizens started to communicate back, using their living room lights, car horns and flash lights in Morse code.

During this stretch of 3 years, Hobza intensely researched the history, technology of Morse code, as well as their sociological implications. She learned about this first method of instantaneous communication over long distances as well as its inventor, Samuel Morse himself, who happened to be a failed painter. Hobza combines her growing knowledge and research material with documentation of her performances in performative lectures, and currently works on a publication.

Photos by Tim Hyde