Una Hamilton Helle
Baracca, Den Haag, the Netherlands
Thursday 29th Nov 2018, 7-9pm
Friday 30th Nov 2018, 7-11pm
It was said that witches could be weighed to ascertain whether they were light enough to fly on a broomstick. Alongside grain, vegetables and meat, women were lifted onto the scales of the weighing house. If they were too heavy they were acquitted but if too light, their sentence was brought down on them by the weight of indisputable proof.
Hosted on the quayside of Den Haag, an entry point to the city where travellers were warned against dissent and troublemaking by the sight of public hangings, is Heksenkeet. From inside the wagon is heard garbled spells, glossolalia and cackling incantations.
Heksenkeet is an audial embodiment of the shapeshifting figure of the witch, an exploration of a figure held hostage by the public imagination through the centuries.
An audio installation by Una Hamilton Helle.
For more info and for location see the Hoogtij website here.