Snow Code – Bruce Munro


Bruce Munro Snow Code 2013

Shown as part of the show: Bruce Munro: Winter Light at Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, UK. 12 November – 4 January 2015

‘Early in 2014 Munro began experimenting with Morse Code, conveying the spoken and written word in pulses of light. Munro was intrigued by employing it he could produce both pattern and a decipherable message. First shown in November 2014 in the White Room, Waddesdon Manor (as part of his Winter Light residency, Munro chose to base the piece on his minds-eye vision of gently falling snow. Here the many Inuit words for snow are transcribed into Morse coded flecks, in an exploration of language, graphic and light.’


I spoke to Bruce about his new work that uses language. He told me that although he was a slow reader as a kid he gets a tremendous amount of joy from reading. He was fascinated with Morse code because it abstracts language. Having a visual mind, it was a natural progression for him to represent the abstract nature of Morse code in a graphical visual format.

…from an informal interview with Bruce Munro, December 2014

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