Wind of Change 2014
object, interactive Installation
old hometrainer, siren horn loud speaker, MP3 recording, found bicycle dynamo
The work WIND OF CHANGE 2014 refers to the internationally known rock-pop song „Wind of Change“ by the german band The Scorpions, who reached international success with it in 1990, when the fall of the Berlin Wall preluded the end of the Cold War. The events of the time that marked the major political change in (Eastern-)Europe, occurring in the end of the 1980s are commemorated in the original song text, which in the media was described as “the athem of the Wende”.
The distinctive whistling melody from the song opening resounds once the hometrainer is used and
pedaled and only plays out loud when the pedaling continues reaching a certain speed on the tachometer.
In times of omnipresent social and political protest movements that keep rising on the streets around the globe and in the face of present and ongoing worldwide crises that seem to split up Europe and the rest of the world, we cannot blind ourselves in regards of duties and responsibilities. We therefore not only have to pedal strongly for a change, but we have to be active on order to change something. Ironically the Wind-of-Change bicycle leaves you stuck in one position and no matter how hard you pedal, it does not take you anywhere.
Technical support: Stan Pete