Following the instruction I take E
along with me. We rent a car and look for the lighthouse by following
the lakeshore. Eventually it appears. Using a print out from the
website as a reference, I decide to put the message on the pier.
This proves to be impossible. The perspective
and scale of the area that I'm supposed to be covering is completely
different than it appears when safely framed by the camera. The
whole pier is covered with a thick layer of excretement from the
multitude of birds that sit there each morning. It's the middle
of winter and thick pieces of ice are floating in the water. It's
amazing. The message is finally taped to the lighthouse door. We
have to climb up a five foot base of the lighthouse which is covered
by a thick layer of ice. If you fall off, you are in the freezing
cold water. E is confident that the letters will not appear on the
camera, however they turn out to be quite legible.
For months after I monitor the webcam.
The letters stay up for quite a long time and I become fascinated
with the parade of uncontrolled actors in and around the lighthouse.
The seemingly endless tableaux of social interactions only emphasizes
the appropriateness of the message: IOW -In Other Words.
One sunny day, about three months after we visited the lighthouse
I'm watching the webcam. When I look at it again one hour later
the message has been removed.
The camera at Lake Ontario, Canada,
usually refreshes every few minutes. Probably due to higher online
traffic during the performance I can only receive and capture one
single image of misha and her friend in action. Time and again I
try to reload the webcam image -nothing. Finally, two hours later
a new image comes in showing the message IOW [In Other Words]
taped onto the lighthouse and left behind.
My initial disappointment soon turns
into fascination as we keep watching the lakecam for months and
witness an unusual flux of visitors to the lighthouse, heavy weather
and snow and finally the slow decay of the message. Then one day
it is gone.