♥ LOVE

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♥ LOVE

Participatory performance-installation in multiple rooms, with multi-channel live diffusion/mix, 50 mins.

♥ LOVE takes on many forms, sometimes fun and cheeky and sometimes strange and hard to grasp. Do you sense it? See it? Hear it? Are you alone or with someone? Do you feel like the chosen one or are you the one choosing? It doesn't matter if you are experiencing Love from afar or if you find yourself in the middle of it. Love is in the eye of the beholder, nobody experiences it the same way. It can’t be pushed or forced and sometimes it comes to those who wait; it's fragile and at the same time the strongest force in the universe.

Love is a theme that millions of politically active people all over the world have adopted as an adequate response to global power struggles and humanitarian crises in dramatic escalation. Megaphones, pussy hats, mash-ups, protest chants, sit-ins and knit-ins - people are sounding out in spontaneous and ever more creative ways, casting love as a tool for political action.

The hybrid of The Icelandic Love Corporation, visual art collective, with over 20 years experience of performing feminist social critique, with composer Juliana Hodkinson and the musicians of Ensemble Adapter, ups the ante within sound-based live art while bringing instrumental music and its listeners into a charged field of involvement. The collaboration between all these artists is based on the will to work beyond micropolitics and give expression and artistic form to an energetic critique that is daily flourishing and finding new outlets. This means looking at the audience, and amplifying modes of engagement, consent, dissent and boredom by which spectators respond to performances.

♥ LOVE takes the audience by the hand. There will be tickling, shaking, blowing, fumbling, peeping and random gestures of kindness. Sparks will fly, it could get complicated/wet, and maybe your lucky number will come up.

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Commission supported by Arts Council Norway. Travel supported by the Danish Composers' Society. Developed during residencies in Berlin and Reykjavik, with the support of Cycle Music and Art Festival and The Icelandic Visual Copyright Association.

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Love is a collaboration between Ensemble Adapter, Juliana Hodkinson and The Icelandic Love Corporation.

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REVIEWS:

"Some performances forged physical connections with audience. In ♥︎ LOVE, a work by composer Juliana Hodkinson, The Icelandic Love Corporation, and Ensemble Adapter, we closed our eyes while performers roamed the audience, gently ringing bells in our ears amid a wash of bass clarinet, metallic percussion, harp, and flute. Throughout the performance, those who were chosen in a lottery were afforded a look behind the proverbial curtain. (I was brought to a small room with the bass clarinet where transducers were placed on my back, allowing me to feel percussive key clicks and vibrating multi-phonics in my body.)"
- I Care If You Listen

"The performative aspects are central to the work. A sound-carpet of apparently accidental instrumental sounds pour out from hidden places behind curtains and out of loudspeakers – scraping, plucking, choking, and other acoustic sounds bathed in reverb. About half the audience gets a lucky number in ♥ LOVE. The experience depends where you're taken. I ended up in a closed stairway, and this was the first time I saw a musician since the piece had started. Transducers converted the clarinetist's sounds to vibrations which tickled my back like a gentle massage machine. This explains the music's random character: it's more the result of an interaction than a traditional work concept. In other rooms, I find out afterwards, there was a harp, a flute, for example. When I'm let out after a few minutes and make my way back to the main room, I listen to the sounds differently. But half the audience never gets the chance, and for them the work never unfolds or opens up. In this way, a work about love also becomes a work about rejection and disappointment. Life is governed by chance, and the game doesn't play out to everyone's advantage. But there's always the apocalypse to look forward to."
- Seismograf

Year: 
2019
Duration: 
60 minutes
No. of musicians: 
4
with electronics
with visuals
with voice
Staged