Say It Loud
Multi-media Interactive Installation by Satch Hoyt
Plaza del Pozo, Getsemaní
Photos: Andrea Eslava
The general public, Biennial visitors and residents of Cartagena, are invited to activate Satch Hoyt’s interactive installation Say It Loud this Sunday March 2, 2014 at 5 p.m. We will transform the Plaza del Pozo in Getsemaní by activating Hoyt’s installation and utilizing it to create a communal gathering where we are free to declare, demand, sing, laugh and express ourselves freely.
Say It Loud investigates our concepts of freedom of expression and of spirit, referencing the pioneering freethinkers that opposed slavery. To this end, Satch Hoyt has procured a metallic ladder and surrounded it by a mountain of books that cover topics as diverse as civil and human rights, the African diaspora, and cultural and social issues in Colombia. At the top of this ladder, a microphone rests on the book Seize the Time, by Bobby Seale, a member of the Black Panther Party. Musician James Brown’s classic Say It Loud! I’m Black and I’m Proud! serves as the sound landscape and backdrop for this interactive event. The chorus of the song is played on repeat but the word “black” has been omitted. Visitors ascending the ladder are able to “fill in the blank”—free to speak or declare what they please.
Satch Hoyt’s body of work consists of sculpture, painting, drawing, and installations with sound, with the intention of creating a multisensory experience for the viewer. His work engages with issues of race and identity through the use of icons and symbols from popular culture. 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, creating his own lexicon.