Festival siren on Town Hall Square
Punctually at 9 a.m., 12 noon, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., the siren marks the working and work-break rhythm of the festival. Hear the Signals! takes up the acoustic meaning of the factory siren, sending out the signals for early shift, midday break, afternoon shift and knock-off time. On the festival’s first day, only one tone is to be heard; after that, each day, an additional tone is added until, on the last day, a refrain from the Internationale, the fighting song of the Socialist workers movement, can be heard. In memory of the long since silent factory sirens, Lucas Norer gives a signal which, apart from the cultural change in vision, symbolizes social togetherness and solidarity, referring to the changed reality of industrial working relations.