Us Dead Talk Love, 2012

by

Ed Atkins

© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc

Domage © Ed Atkins

Opening with one of the most romantic songs in Stephen Sondheim’s macabre musical comedy "Sweeney Todd", the installation "Us Dead Talk Love" (2012) is a meditation on love and death in the form of a dialogue between two severed heads, computer models of the artist's face, presented on two screens facing each other.

Their words, sometimes lyrical, sometimes sarcastic, are guided by repeated abstract questions on emotions and memory. The complex narrative structure evokes the spirituality of desire as well as its triviality, the significance of sex and its possible sublimation.

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