Everything forbidden the rest is obligatory!
The idea for this series came due to the fact, that all around me is regulated and ruled by trillions of laws and rules everywhere. Many rules and laws makes sense, while other are just nonsense or in purposes to make profit. From listen to the people around me, i learned that more and more people getting invisible forced to spend more time with think about rules and how to be conform, than to enjoy their lifes and work on their development.
The traffic signs and rules give us a good example. Don’t you feel distracted in save driving by figure out doing all legal? A stressful yes and the government know that so well. Behind the next corner is the police allready waiting in expectation you did not know or respect the “no turn left” sign in middle of a confusing and crowded junction.
Since it has become a profitable part of the city budget, the politicians develop scientific creativity in creating new rules and catalogs of fines. It goes into the thre digits of millions in switzerland, which they can earn and squeeze it out of the people. Exactely the same mechanism is used by the industries world wide, marketing and advertisers use the obeyend and devote customers to get lost in how to’s and complicated price plans. People really spend a lot of time with decoding all this stuff and they get used to and some are well trained in that.
The young generation of today know in excellence how to get the cheapest mobile flatrate and when is time to change provider, how to get out the maximun on eBay, AirBNB, Tripadvisor, Coop Supercard, trilloins of benefit programs and so on. But do they have a idea about the real life out there?
Switzerland seems to be an expert country of regulations and laws for everything until it driftes to the absurdity.
Tons of signs and disclaimers are everywhere you go, from the top of a mountain to every small lane in the city, just everywhere you can find them. If they are not visible you should know. It becomes an lifestyle to spend lot of time to learn all rules and regulations about our daily life. People fears to do something against the regulations and get prosecuted, fined and punished. If you didn’t know it doesn’t protect you from geting punished is a well known saying in switzerland.
Over the years i collected pictures i took around this topic and i find it interesting to stack them up and turn it to a series which probably everybody around the world feel familiar too.
There will be a Exhibition in 2017 in which i prsent my work, i will inform about the details here soon.
I found it enjoynable and funny… You?
Btw. If you find typos or any other “wrongs” you are allowd to keep it. 🙂