Five monitor video installation, 2004.
110 minute loop.
Nemer performs a sung narrative composed of lyrics sampled from one thousand love songs. Familiar lyrics were isolated, sampled, and arranged into a series of thirty-four hybrid thematic songs, sung as a classical song cycle in an epic solo performance.
The focus is on commonly heard lyrics that reproduce banal, hegemonic concepts of love and relationships: I will love you forever and I would die without you, for example. The video engages on an ethno-musicological level while also revealing a physicality that reflects exhaustion from the act of marathon singing, the act of consuming mass quantities of pop music, and the act of loving.
Lyric is designed for looped installation divided among five monitors, and its unconventional narrative structure allows viewers to join or leave the story at any time.
The installation is accompanied by Libretto, an editioned artist booklet designed by Barr Gilmore, which provides the complete song texts of Lyric. Libretto can be purchased from the Plug In ICA shop.