Hannes Egger & Sabine Marte, Ballad of Freedom, 2020

Hannes Egger & Sabine Marte, Ballad of Freedom, 2020

In the spring of 2020, a significant part of the world’s population will experience first-hand a restriction of freedom that many have never known before, due to the political measures taken to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. Lockdown, curfews, social distancing, in some cases digital surveillance, etc. are measures that have become a reality for millions of people. The term “freedom” takes on a new meaning because of the pandemic.
The former prison of Kaltern, which houses the gallery Gefängnis Le Carceri, served for a long time to lock people in and out. In the project of Hannes Egger and Sabine Marte, however, the audience is locked out.
The building itself is played with a Ballad of Freedom, combined with the lights going on and off. Various loudspeakers are distributed in the building and from these, via a 4-channel composition, the ballad sounds, which penetrates through the open windows to the outside. Parallel to this, the lights in the building are switched on and off.
in and out, which together with the music also shifts the visual accent of the building. It seems as if one or more imprisoned people in the building were walking from room to room, singing.

Hannes Egger & Sabine Marte
Ballad of Freedom
4 channel audio installation, light installation, audio file (22 minutes)
Photo: Flyle