LOW PROFILE presents: A Lesson in Love is derived from a set of instructions for a game where a list of at least 100 song titles is compiled and learned ‘by heart’, until LOW PROFILE reach the point where they can ‘say the list out loud without hesitations or stumbles’.
The song titles are all from songs that contain the words (or are in some way related to) love and loneliness. The task itself has an impossibility embedded in its demands – it is endless and unforgiving.
Hannah and Rachel stand in front of an audience with an unfamiliar list. Through their public learning of this ‘script’ they are trying and failing, testing themselves and getting it wrong. The task insists upon this language of song titles being heard, being memorised, being repeated, being said out loud.
This creates a space in which new layers of meaning can be found within the found language of love songs. Through the process of collecting, re-ordering, memorising and performing these words.
Version 1: Three Minute Warning, Exeter Phoenix, November 2003
Version 2: Scratching/multi avond, TENT, Rotterdam, March 2004
Version 3: Exposure Gallery, Swansea Fringe Festival, October 2005
Version 4: Dartington College of Art, September 2009
Version 5: PW10 Weekender, Arnolfini, Bristol, May 2010
photos: Cara Davies & John Sandford