Bang Ban | 2020
public space, Graz, Austria
text: k.ada / cormac franklin
slogans: k.ada / klaus meßner
special thanks: kpö graz / johannes schrettler / stefan lozar
BAN BANG is my reaction to the abuse of power, interference in private space, corruption, humiliation and injustice. I think that the processes that accompany the everyday reading of the city and existence in public space have an influence on the constitution of social behavior. Arranged in public space, prohibition and instruction signs are part of a local element but their pragmatic significance, appealing to the institutional order, often brings the freedom of society into question.
The constitution of social behaviour is intertwined with the aesthetical, architectonic and social formation of public space. Therefore, every example of prohibition or surveillance in public space is in need of questioning through art investigation; to ask; under what conditions do we accept the status quo; to ask what kind of social dynamics force us to get used to the new reality; to ask what kind of processes tame us to become accustomed to the prohibitions of common public life; to become indifferent and not ask about the freedom of society.
Surrounded by a set of instructions, I do not feel included but rather excluded. I believe that access to resources such as public space is fundamental to blurring the boundaries of inequality and in my opinion the growing number of prohibitions in public space can not be combined with the concepts of inclusive societies. How can society be free when the common person is controlled by commands and prohibitions, which, of course, do not apply to the elites, the politicians, businessmen and mafia?