by Anne Julia Nowitzki (2010)
This investigation into personal mores entitled “calibre” comprises a series of 7 personal basic values, distilled out of an internal debate about social and psychological tenets. Every decision, each judgement we make can be traced back to our institutionalised values. It is therefore worthy to identify those values that form the basis of our intuitive decisions. Traditional world views and prescribed behaviour are no longer mandatory – but neither are there any new universal social guidelines. This may threaten one’s ability to find a path or make sense out of life.
As the church and other institutions no longer provide us with implicit guidelines, each one of us now has to construct his or her own moral code. "calibre", as a depiction of values comprises the fundamentals: freedom, family, recognition, simplicity, security, success and nature. There was no strict constraint in turning these values into books. So maybe one value was depicted abstractedly, another as a documentary and a third with an ironic twinkle in the eye. The work is not a binding series of values for everyone: this collection simply aims at raising consciousness of the fact that we all have our own system of ethical orientation.
To deal with matters of conscience in a conscious way creates a design process that brings out the ever-changing values of society. After all, consciousness, a clear conscience and hard earned values are the base for any form of peaceful society.