monument for a speechmaker, temporary project in public space, produced for Ortstermine, Department of Arts and Culture, Munich
Fruit crate cast in aluminum, rotating cylindrical paddle wheel with eight panels printed on both sides with writing: I‘M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE! (Quote from the film „Network“, 1976), metal scaffolding poles, motor, solar cells
Height: ca. 4.5 m

The user of the sculpture stands on a fruit crate under a paddlewheel, which has the following sentence from the film „Network“ written on one of its cross-beams: „I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore“. This sentence rotates on a permanent loop that, depending on the intensity of the sun, sometimes faster, sometimes slower or standing still. A provisional elevation, as speakers like to use in order to stand out above the crowds and to be heard (beer crates, fruit boxes, chairs etc.), is turned into a cast monument. Even though one can use it as a speaker‘s pedestal, it manifests first and foremost the absence of the speaker. One might even say that it questions free speech in and of itself. What remains is propaganda as we encounter it each and every day in the mass media.
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