Friday, March 11, 2011

Katrina X-Codes

© Cynthia Scott, Faubourg Marigny, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2005.

Katrina+5 is a Southern Spaces exhibit on the search and rescue X-codes used in the aftermath of the Katrina hurricane.

These cryptic, sprayed marks were ubiquitous when I was there, but no one around knew what they meant at the time, aside from the fact that they'd been sprayed by National Guard units.

The exhibition has an excellent explanation as well as great examples of X-codes in use.

These instances of artificial meaning imposed after destruction are just fascinating for me. They're both poignant and abstract, secret and public.

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