pied piper
2016
british police baton
22x3 inches
An old police baton found on ebay has been transformed into a functional musical instrument, a flute. The title ‘Pied Piper’ is borrowed from a well-known German folk tale. As the definition of Pied Piper from the dictionary indicates, “a leader who makes irresponsible promises” or “one that offers strong but delusive enticement,” this work questions the notions of democracy and violence. I re-enacted my memory of the 1980’s in my home country, South Korea, in which mass protests formed against the South Korean military government and the dictator. Nearly one quarter of a million people participated to protest against the suppression of freedom and were beaten violently by government forces with such instruments as police batons, water guns, and pepper gas. It is considered to have been a pivotal moment in the South Korean struggle for democracy.