Freedom Project

"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose"
says Janis Joplin in her song "Me and Bobby McGee".

This artwork has been completed!

The two information graphics "Freedom" and "Freiheit" as well as the German performance "Wunderzauber" and the English performance "Box of Secrets" are part of it. All four of these art works are based on the German and English comments on freedom I received until the end of February 2017.

The information graphics and the German performance will be shown at the 4. Warmbronner Biennale 2017, an art event in my home town.

Dates for the Warmbronner Biennale 2017 ->

What's your take on freedom?

What is freedom? How do you obtain it? Are you free? Is it a good thing to be absolutely free? Which freedoms would or wouldn't you give away? Give me your two cents on freedom ->

  1. Final Information Graphics ->
  2. Early Drafts ->
  3. Comments the artwork is based on ->
  4. How will I use the comments? ->
  5. Add your own comment on Freedom

Final Information Graphics

The Information graphic "Freiheit" (left) is based on the German Comments I received until the end of February 2017.
The Information graphic "Freedom" (right) is based on the English Comments I received until the end of February 2017.
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Information Graphic Freiheit Information Graphic Freedom

Early Drafts

Information Graphics

The Information graphic "Freiheit" (left) is based on the German Comments I received until 03. January 2017.
The Information graphic "Freedom" (right) is based on the English Comments I received until 20. December 2016.
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Information Graphic Freiheit Information Graphic Freedom

Literary Performance Version 1: Box of Secrets

The first English version of the literary performance is named "Box of Secrets". The multidimensional piece includes themes such as friendship, trust, the struggle against ourself and the question which freedoms we dare to use within a society. Two persons are incorporated by a single actress and utensils such as a chain, a bolt cutter and of course the 'box of secrets' are used. Contrary to the original plan, it ended up to not be a poem at all, but rather a small play.

The 8 minute piece is mostly based on the English comments I received until 20. December 2017. On January 09. 2017 I performed it at the Merlin in Stuttgart as part of the "Secrets from the Writer's Den" reading of the Writers in Stuttgart. The next version will develop this one further in will be focused more strongly on the German comments. It will also be in German language.

Unleashed creativity, choice, responsibility, respect for others, focus, action, optimism, bending the rules: this is freedom.

O'Brien Browne, Writer, Life Coach, Seminar Leader, Public Speaker from USA/Germany (20 Dec 2016, 22:41)

For me Freedom means having space.
Space to move around mentally and physically.
Space to change my mind.
Space to unshackle myself from any social construct I choose.
And space to re-shackle if I choose to.
Nina Simone said, 'Freedom is no fear!'
As I get older I find myself more and more in spaces, where my body literally tingles with delight from the sense of fearlessness.
That delight is tinged with danger though and so I suspect that is the reason complete freedom will only find me at death.

Barbara Gilchrist Feyl, Writer (19 Dec 2016, 10:27)

I don't have a concrete 'what freedom means to me' spiel. The vague fuzzy concept is that true freedom is the ability to indulge in any whim or fancy you like--as long as you're willing to accept the consequences of your actions. Even -- especially -- the unintended consequences.

Not so quick but silly example. That stop sign at the intersection never stopped any vehicle (except maybe a child's bicycle and that only because they collided with it). It is a guideline for vehicular behaviour. Some come to a complete and legal stop each and every time they approach the intersection. Some slow to an almost stop and as they can see the way is clear they continue on without stopping completely. Some blow right though it without a thought or a care.

All laws are like this, in that they do not prevent or restrict human actions, but outline the consequences for those who break the law. Assuming they are caught and prosecuted, that is.

Freedom is the ability to choose "I shall do this thing because it is right, I shall not do that thing because it is wrong" and accept the consequences if/when those actions or inactions break the laws of man.

Gordon Whitefoot (18 Dec 2016, 13:31)

Freedom is only possible when you are the last human being. Then no one but you decides what will happen next and there is no opposition. Then and only then are you free. But freedom would be better shared with others and for that humans need consensus and working together on how we choose live our lives. For these reasons I do not need freedom, I need us all to work and share.

Martin, Photographer from the U.S., age 58 (13 Nov 2016, 13:33)

Freedom is the (very limited) room to do what we really want to within the boundaries that the society that we live in allows us before we are excluded, abandoned or punished in another way by it. In that sense being free is an illusion, a fairytale (among many others) we tell ourselves to cope with life and death, as a great part of our lives we suppress our wants in order to remain part of our system.

Sabine62 (13 Nov 2016, 10:45)

"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose" -- Janis Joplin, singing 'Me & Bobby McGee'

Jadi Campbell, Writer (29 Oct 2016, 11:04)

As the project is finished, the new comments will no longer influence the information graphics and/or performances. But I will continue to put your comments online on this website.

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