Detail, Color Code ‘SOS’ flag, Luftwerk and Renanta Graw
Detail, Color Code ‘SOS’ flag, Luftwerk and Renanta Graw

Color Code: Luftwerk in collaboration with Renata Graw

September 15 – November 3, 2020

Color Code transforms the international signal of distress into a sign of solidarity and connectedness. Using the universal languages of morse code and color theory this installation of three flags stands as a call for humanity and a willingness to help one another.

When the international distress signal SOS was adopted in 1908, its easily recognizable and unique code produced aural unity, a sense of calm in life or death situations. As SOS began to be incorporated into popular culture, it took on textual inference, such as Save Our Souls, Save Our Ship or even Save Our Succor. Visually, the pattern forms the letters S (three dots) O (three dashes) S (three dots) allowing it to remain an effective visual distress signal, an ambigram that can be read upside down or right side up. As the world adjusts to new norms in challenging times, reconsidering how language, objects and symbols, and even color can help us find stable ground and safety no matter where we are, Color Code expands Luftwerk’s inquiry by investigating color as a system of language and symbols, and a marker of emotion.