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To be free always implicates not to be free at the same time.
In an extended sense, freedom means the absence of properties or things.
On the 15th of May 1955, after the Austrian treaty had been signed, Austria’s Minister for Foreign Affairs then in office, Leopold Figl, made the meanwhile legendary announcement: „Österreich ist frei!“ (Austria is free!)
50 years later, within the course of the so-called „Gedankenjahr“ („Year of Thought“, meaning commemoration), the composer and musician Hans Platzgumer and his collegue and pop theorist Didi Neidhart question what freedom is and what the costs for freedom are – that is to say, the increasing restrictions of individual freedom and growing methods of control, all in the name of (national) security – and have formed this questioning as a radio sculpture; a radiophonic collage full of quotations and thoughts of contemporary philosophers and theorists on the one hand, and definitions of various methods for surveying the human body as a more or less exact possibility of identifying an individual, on the other; modern brands or watermarks, joined and fit together with contrarian, sometimes poetical-associative lines of thoughts.