The Power of Love by Mathieu Lehanneur has been selected as part of the permanent collection of the MoMA in San Francisco. (June 2013)
the power of love by mathieu lehanneur
in collaboration with françois brument , flux designer
sound sculpture - limited edition 12 copies + 2 artist’s proofs + 1 prototype
materials: stereolithography, metallization, electronic circuit board, headphones
dimensions: H 59 x W 38 x D 40 cm
“the power of love” consists of two separate sets of headphones connected to a fire, thus three elements symbolizing two lovers joined by their love. the object conveys formidable sculptural power… but it remains an object. its representative value serves its purpose. “the power of love” is a type of lovemaking accessory, a foreplay toy. each of the lovers puts on a set of headphones. in itself this is a token of eroticism for mathieu lehanneur’s generation, all of whom fondly remember the cult scene in the film “la boum”, where a young man seduces sophie marceau by having her listen to a sentimental ballad on his walkman while everyone else is dancing to a powerful up-tempo rock song. the same principle is used in “the power of love”: each of the listeners hears the tracks recorded as representing his or her intimate universe.
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