Danger Signs

Danger Signs was a public art installation that produced a narrative of transgression, one in which a series of women assume roles traditionally associated with masculinity. The signs were installed on the exterior of the Western Front and in six public locations.

The following text is taken from Front Magazine, vol. VII, no. 1, p. 6, September/October 1995:

The signs are installed on the exterior of the Western Front and in six public locations bounded by the nine block area between Pender, Water, Abbott and Richards Streets.

Over the past few years Susan Schuppli has produced a number of works that is considered the complex nature of women’s negotiation of urban spaces. These installations have posed questions about the relationship between pleasure and danger, opportunity and risk, and the control of women. Wow this work has taken the solitary female walker or pedestrian as its subject, her new work is concerned more specifically with the representation of women as urban protagonists. Danger Signs is a public art installation that produces a narrative of transgression, one in which a series of women assumes roles and occupies space is traditionally associated with masculinity. These personas are the Detective, the Activist, the Navigator, the Guerrilla, the Explorer and the Renegade. in re-locating the place for aesthetic encounter, that is outside of the gallery proper, the viewer is confronted not only with work that is “out of place” but with a series of images of women engaged in clandestine activities–women who are therefore also “out of their place”.