Ingrid Falk, Gustavo Aguerre & Lars Norén
Lund, Linköping, Umeå, Botkyrka, (Gothenburg), (Vara) and Stockholm, Sweden
September - December 2004
FA+Norén/WAR was a street installation using different kinds of traffic signs, to go on tour to seven Swedish cities.
usual text of the signs was replaced with quotations from the theater
play War by Lars Norén,
one of the most important Swedish play-writers ever.
work was a part of a larger project, cooperation between the The
Living History Forum and Sweden’s
In a war situation, even in the places where no bombings or fighting happened, life changes radically; every sign gets another meaning, every symbol changes sense, every face becomes another person; the former stability becomes unstable and a new oppressive un-order make’s life hardly bearable.
the public space of the cities, in the streets, the traffic signs are
the most neutral, stable and reliable representation of order and security.
They regulate the flow of cars and people in a common agreement for
a better security for everybody.
The simple idea was explosive; the development of the project shown that it was more controversial then whatever FA+ could imagine.
system of reduction
Placing the quotations on the pictures trough a photoshop manipulation they were able to show their idea to Mr. Norén.
After looking at the pictures one by one for a long time, he looked at FA+ in silence for a wile, then, with a soft smile he expressed his opinion: "This is brilliant! And a very good choose of quotations too."
Green light. The intricate work for getting the permits for each city could be started.
The newspapers where informed of the project. FA+ working with Lars Norén, two favorite targets of the critic at once, that was hot stuff. The machinery got started