November 27, 2011

Stripped stripes
Curated by: Matthias Ulrich
14/11 – 27/11 2011

Stripes are conspicuous. They let us think of signals or warnings. In public traffic they highlight those dangerous zones, which make us carefully pay attention for. Quite often the entire vocabulary of public warnings is colored in alternate red and white stripes – barriers, road cones or snow measuring sticks. Even inmates notoriously wear striped suits, just like the 18th century French maritime traders, who wore the world famous Breton stripes, in order to make them easier to identify from a distance – later on to catch the whore’s eyes after months of sexual abstinence. Nations also set up a flag that mostly and in diverse manners is striped. And what about the sun that shines through a shutter or secret documents that fall through a shredder, the notes that are allocated inside five parallel lines, while four not equidistant lines teach the hand to write, and finally the age of a tree, which only appears in as many concentric circles when the tree is logged – all that comes to light in this subtext as well as along the cultural discourse of the stripe. In the early smoke signal alphabet of the homo pekinensis there is no equivalent found to date. However con trails on the sky are anthropogenic stripe clouds, which as a con- stellation of ice crystals arise from a clash of hot and cold air. Generally those stripes don’t mean anything, except when designed by the air force. Faced with so many stripes the world behind seams to disappear.

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