Traffic Assitants, 2007

  • slide projection
  • 80 medium format colour transparencies projected endless, each stays for 16 second
  • During rush–hour »traffic assistants« are assigned to every major junction in downtown Shanghai. They can be identified by their uniform and reflective vest (partly imprinted »Police«), but are otherwise only armed with an actively used whistle. Their attempts to enforce to the traffic lights’ directions seem to be bordering on desperation. Four assistants, each guarding their own street corner, are simultaneously trying to prevent jaywalking and are shamelessly dismissed. Occasionally a »sinner« is singled out to be made an example, who is stoically enduring the embarrassment of being awarded the fine only to immerse back in the traffic as fast as can be.

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© 2008 Frank Berger