What are the places of danger?

(Imprimerie Basel)

Installation

Poster in two-colour screen print (edition 50), 86.3 x 113 cm
Floor drawing with white linen adhesive tape, 2044 x 2032 cm
Evaluation of danger zones with Marc Schroers, Burgdorf

2007

What are the places of danger?

Technical basics
Classification of personal risk in the event of an earthquake into six categories and mapping of risk zones, on the basis of a scientific analysis. I evaluated every location in the exhibition space in terms of the threat to a visitor in the event of an earthquake with a magnitude of 5 MS. From this I interpolated a precise mathematical plan of the isolines (red = maximum danger, white = no danger).

Artistic concept
Can one really sustain the ideal of scientific knowledge, namely that something must apply always, everywhere and for everybody? For example, does not a map – i. e., the mobile signifier of a region – assume another epistemological quality on site, beyond its signified ?

Description in: Florian Dombois: “What are the places of danger?”, in Trajekte 16 (2008), pp. 46–51.

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