What are the places of danger?

(Galerie Haferkamp, Köln | Cologne)

Installation

Poster in two-colour screen print (edition 50), 86.3 x 113 cm
Floor drawings with black linen adhesive tape, 526 x 2620 cm
Evaluation of danger zones with Marc Schroers, Burgdorf

2006

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 aspects
Extract from the opening speech by Maija Julius: “In the installation What are the places of danger? we find ourselves within a map highlighting the danger zones in the event of an earthquake. Dombois has assessed the room in terms of its seismic threat. In this specific case, the drawing and its signified are almost congruent. This research in situ serves as a preventive check. The visual isolation from the exterior world fosters the opportunity of forming a chain of mental associations. What would happen if an earthquake were suddenly to take place here? How could one find an escape route? Where would you be most exposed to the building’s falling rubble? One can speculate on whether or not cartography itself was developed to avert danger in the first place. In contrast, there is no doubting the aesthetic potential of cartography – something which Dombois allows us to experience in a delightful manner.”

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

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