2004 | 110 minutes ∞ | 5 channel video installation
Now I spend my days at home, paralyzed by thoughts of you and of our delicious, troubled, long-ago love. I try to read, to water the neglected garden, to clean up the mess from last week's dinner. But then I remember a line from that song - our song - and everything else falls away. The song captures every word I have ever wanted to say to you. The next song, too. Then another. I know that if I open my mouth I'll begin to sing and never be able to stop.
The artist performs of a sung narrative composed of lyrics sampled from one thousand love songs. Familiar lyrics were isolated, sampled and arranged into a series of thirty-four hybrid theme-based songs, then sung as a classical song cycle in an epic solo performance.
The focus is on commonly heard lyrics that reproduce banal, hegemonic concepts of love and relationships: I will love you forever and I would die without you, for example. The video engages on a musicological level while also revealing a physicality that reflects exhaustion from the act of marathon singing, the act of consuming mass quantities of pop music and the act of loving.
LYRIC is designed for looped installation divided among five monitors, and its unconventional narrative structure allows viewers to join or leave the story at any time. Lyric is accompanied by Libretto, an editioned artist book providing the complete song texts of LYRIC. Libretto can be purchased here.