One face of the four-faced Hoogerbrugge, inspired by the Hindu deity Lord Brahma, spouts a series of acerbic yet humorous aphorisms by the likes of poet Ezra Pound and author Charles Dickens that relate to freedom of expression, inviting responses (verbal or physical) from one or more of the other faces: ‘A free lunch is only found in mousetraps’, or ‘Shoot for the moon; even if you miss you’ll land among the stars’.
‘Hovering between the poetic and the existential, the violent and the masochistic, the work intimates the problems that underscore the definition, and reality, of freedom of speech. Quatrosopus’ multi-faceted, quadruply-split persona symbolises the quandaries of assuming a fixed position, and hints at the dilemmas underlying the silencing of both provocative speech and unfettered free speech.’(*)
The voice is run through a Vocoder and the aphorisms are subtitled. Obviously a conflicted character, Hoogerbrugge slaps himself in the face repeatedly, rotating his head so that another face can present a different point of view. Hammers are involved in this process too. The on-screen Hoogerbrugge occasionally holds a mask of billionaire businessman and occasional Italian president Silvio Berlusconi in front of one of his four faces, or plays Neil Young’s Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World on an electric guitar, interrupting the piece’s ambient soundtrack. Intent on appearing to be in full control until the end, Hoogerbrugge’s character remembers to turn out the light.
Edition: 5 and 2 AP
Materials (for exhibition): 3 screens 1.5m x 1m (minimum), media player
Exhibited: Speech Matters, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice-Danish Pavilion, Italy, 2011, curated by Katerina Gregos; La Grande Fête des Voyeurs, TENT, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 2012; Video in the City, the Queen Gallery Brussels, during Art Brussels, Belgium, 2012; Treat on Laughter, London, United Kingdom, 2012; Graphic A.N.D. Protest, Electron, Breda, the Netherlands, 2012; To Have and Have Not, Halle 14, Leipzig, Germany, 2013
Links: Exhibition: La Grande Fête des Voyeurs @ TENT
Private collections: 1/5, 2/5, 3/5
(*) Quote sourced from the Danish Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale
QUATROSOPUS / 2011