When There's Love

Stevens, Grant William (2005) When There's Love. [Visual Artwork]


This work is an installation featuring three video projections, music and mirror balls. The three projections fill the walls with scrolling text borrowed from love song lyrics. Headphones in the gallery space allow you to hear a male voice sing the same words to an impromptu tune. Mirror balls send fragments of light spinning around the room while The Righteous Brothers’ Unchained Melody plays on repeat.

This work emphasizes fragmentary, repetitious and spatio-temporal experiences of language in order to question the symbolic conventions of romance. By exaggerating and mixing hackneyed symbolic elements, this work extends on some of Nicolas Bourriaud’s theoretical insights into the creative and critical strategies of ‘postproduction’. In particular, it toys with the intersections between popular culture and inter-subjective experiences.

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ID Code: 49864
Item Type: Creative Work (Visual Artwork)
Refereed: No
Material: three-channel digital video, sound, mirror balls
Measurements or Duration: dimensions variable
Location: From date: To date:
Metro Arts, Brisbane 2005
Brigham Young University Museum of Art, Provo, Utah, USA 2007
Keywords: art, video, language, romance, music
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Grant Stevens
Deposited On: 26 Apr 2012 02:19
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2012 02:19

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