It is so idiotic, but nevertheless true: if a store is placed in a basement or up a few stairs, I am less likely to enter. I am not sure wherein the barrier lies, I only know it does. But yesterday the temptation got too big to resist, so I finally went to see the stripy store This Issue from the inside. It is run by the graphic team Shft, and functions as a combined office-showroom-gallery-concept store. The walls are covered with prints and posters, the floors are painted in bright and contrasting colors, and there really are too many details to take in, in just one visit. My initial love was the handmade banana hammock, by artist Stine Tranekjaer. But now that I have seen what else she does, I am not sure I could limit myself to just one piece of fruit.
From there I got sucked into the satirical jumping jack right wing politicians. Despite the recent shameful deportation of refugees, there is still more than 700 children caught in the system. Some are orphans, and some are even remanded in custody, not for committing a crime, but as a (horrible) way of safekeeping. The art collective Schwimmellmann has created the jumping jacks, sold in sets of four, to spread the word and raise funds to help the children. And in a way this proves my point from yesterday: I can not think of a single store in the centre of the city, with the balls to sell something like this. I consider this the proof that crossing a barrier every once in a while is good for me.