Installation view of Some Aspects of Love at the Ringling College of Art and Design
Video (projection), Audio component: yes, Performance by the artist, 4min 33sec, 2008, Edition of 3 //
Some Aspects of Love is the artist’s video performance projected on a wall with installations of texts from the book, “A Lover’s Discourse” by the linguist, Roland Barthes and tubes of “Stick’ n Seal Adhesive” on the floor. The performance of reading from “A Lover’s Discourse” and the instructions from the glue, which is a metaphor for love due to its property of bonding two objects together, examines how the same subject can be interpreted differently in a new circumstance.
Video excerpts from Some Aspects of Love
Texts from A Lover’s Discourse and Stick’n Seal
On the left side, the video projection on the wall shows the artist reading excerpts from “A Lover’s Discourse” along with copies of the texts from the book placed on the floor. In juxtaposition, the right side has projected video performance of reading the instruction and warning of the adhesive with the tubes of glue laid on the floor.
Emotion from “A Lover’s Discourse” evaporates in the writer’s esoteric words in his attempt to analyze love, while seemingly dry instruction and warning text from the glue is read dramatically to bring out the emotion of love. The original meanings of the book and the texts from the glue are changed by the contrasting levels of emotion in the performance and thus the interpretation is transformed. In the new context, these two subjects are changed with an entirely new meaning.