Check out this cool earlier work by current artist-in-residence Satch Hoyt, Say It Loud (2004). The work, which was installed at the Brooklyn Art Museum in 2007 as part of their Infinite Island exhibition, uses James Brown’s iconic song “Say It Loud! I’m Black and I’m Proud!” as a platform to explore free speech and expression. Hoyt built a sculptural platform, made from 500 books on the subject of the Black Diaspora, at the top of which rests a microphone. As the chorus of the James Brown anthem blares in the background, but with the word “black” ommitted, visitors are invited to climb the sculpture and speak – substituting the racial signifier with a word or statement of their choice.
Click the image below to play a video of the Brooklyn Museum installation.
Image: Say It Loud, 2004, courtesy of the artist and the Brooklyn Art Museum