Satch Hoyt

GBR (1957).Lives and works in Berlin.


Plaza del Pozo
Say It Loud
2004/2014. Installation

Plaza Iglesia de la Santísima Trinidad
February 9, 7 p.m.
Solo percussion

Satch Hoyt’s body of work consists of sculpture, painting, drawing, and installations with sounds, always intended to create a multisensory experience for the viewer which enables the investigation of issues of race and identity through pop culture icons. Trained as a musician and composer, Hoyt has collaborated with artists as diverse as Stomy Yamashta, Grace Jones, Louise Bourgeois, and Matta. He has merged his musical experience with visual arts, creatinghis own lexicon. Say It Loud is an interactive installation that researches the concepts of freedom of expression and of spirit, recalling the pioneering freethinkers that opposed slavery. To this end he marshals a metallic ladder and surrounds it by a mound of books on the topic of civil and human rights. At the end of the ladder, a microphone placed on the book Seize the Time, by Bobby Seale, a member of the Black Panther Party, invites the audience to climb the ladder and express themselves freely.

The name of the installation is derived from James Brown’s classic Say It Loud! I’m Black and I’m Proud! The chorus of the song is projected in the background, but the word black has been omitted. The visitors are allowed to ascend the sculpture and speak or declare what they please.