Intervention with three men on a balcony covered in flowers on the Wiesbadener Rathausmarkt, 24th of August 2000 – 16th of September 2000.
On this balcony in the centre of Wiesbaden, Germany, three smartly dressed men appear every day at precisely 8, 12 and 6 o’clock. They stand next to each other at the railing singing for exactly three minutes the song “Wir haben Hunger, Hunger, Hunger, haben Hunger, Hunger, Hunger, haben Hunger, Hunger, Hunger, haben Durst! Wir wollen Cola, Cola, Cola, wollen Cola, Cola, Cola, wollen Cola, Cola, Cola, wollen Wurst!” (We are hungry and thirsty, we want Coke and sausages!). On the postcard stands in the tourist hot spots, such as the spa rooms, the main station, the tourist information office, souvenir shops and hotels you can find, apart from the postcards of famous Wiesbaden tourist attractions, those which show the three singing men on their flower-clad balcony. There is no other information apart from the photo itself, the lyrics of the song in German and English and the time and place. The balcony on this affluent square, right next to the town hall and the parliament of the state of Hessen, was once used to make important announcements. Because of the banality of the message, the theme of the announcement is reversed—instead of something important, trivial things are announced. The fact that the message is repeated continuously, becoming increasingly annoying, makes the situation absurd: three men step onto the balcony in order to ritually repeat empty announcements. The act of emerging and disappearing evokes associations with towers, muezzins, cuckoo clocks and glockenspiels. The three singing men create an atmosphere which remains odd, but still establishes itself at this location because of the constant repetition. The nursery rhyme quoted, which has been known and passed down orally for generations, is not an official song to be found in song books. As a harmless pastiche, it does not stand for real hunger, but for appetite. In Goldberg’s version the men demand “Coke and sausages”, i.e. foods that symbolise affluent societies which are characterised by an attitude of never getting enough or being full. The expression “Hunger, Hunger” which is in fact an existential one, becomes a pastiche playfully and ironically counteracting the cultured saturation of the global spa resort.