The four-hour cut of Love Sounds will screen in Toronto at Videofag over two evenings, with the first half showing at 8:00pm on Wednesday, June 17th, and the second half showing at 8:00pm on Thursday, June 18th. For more information, click here.
Masha Tupitsyn’s books LACONIA: 1,200 Tweets On Film and Love Dog comprise the first two parts of the writer, critic, and multi-media artist’s ‘immaterial trilogy,’ and now the concluding entry in her tripartite project is complete: Love Sounds, a 24-hour installation—a sound poem, an audio montage—that explores the history of love in cinema through its aural expression. The piece is made up of over 1,500 audio clips from numerous films made since the 1930s, and the only incorporated images are eight title cards that delineate the various sections with titles such as “Sexual Politics,” “Heartbreak,” and “Fate-Time-Memory” (Tupitsyn has also crafted a shorter edit that runs four hours long). With this rigorous but stimulating form, Love Sounds engages the audience by creating a different kind of perceptual space, not one merely of attentive hearing but of careful listening—an aim that Tupistyn has described wherein “by withholding the image, by seeing sound, we can look at the problem and event of language.” Love Sounds isn’t just a conceptual work focused on the limits and power of words, though, and this complexity is hinted at by the duality of the word “sounds” in the title as both noun and verb (much like the name of John Cassavetes’ 1984 film Love Streams, which is featured in Love Sounds). Rather, Tupitsyn is also—perhaps ultimately—concerned with, yes, love itself: as a power (or force) to be taken seriously, as a mystery to be explored, as a genuine human act to be embraced and deeply felt. The kind of listening that Love Sounds fosters is a direct link to these ideas, and it would be one thing for Tupitsyn to reject the overbearing dominance of visual culture and, as she puts it, “…take away the shorthand or vernacular of the iconic, seductive image.” But to also reject the irony and cynicism we see all around us for honesty, intimacy, and compassion—a love of Love, really, in all its multitudes—is what makes Tupitsyn’s project truly radical.
See the video below to watch the section entitled “Desire-Sex” from the four-hour version.
Also, tune in to online radio station dublab on Tuesday, June 30th, at noon to hear the third section (“Trust-Betrayal”) from the 24-hour cut; details here.