Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street


Wed, 20 May – Thu, 21 May 2015 7:00 PM

Cinema remains the last medium for speaking and performing love culturally. While much emphasis has been placed on the visual iconography of love, with the exception of music, very little attention has been given to love as an aural phenomenon since the tradition and practice of amour courtois. Partly inspired by Christian Marclay’s ontology of time in cinema, The Clock, and René Magritte’s word paintings, which textualized the visual tropes of painting with “written” images, Love Sounds, a 24-hour sound poem and montage, dematerializes cinema’s visual legacy and reconstitutes it as an all-tonal history of critical listening.

Love Sounds | Reading by Masha Tupitsyn

Wednesday, May 20 at 7:00 PM, Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre

To accompany the screening of Love Sounds, a 24-hour audio history of love in cinema, New York City writer, critic, and multi-media artist, Masha Tupitsyn, will read her essay"All Ears". The essay discusses the genesis of the project, the tonal typographies of love and listening, and reviews some of Love Sounds' clips both acoustically and theoretically.

Love Sounds | Screening (4 hour version)

Thursday, May 21 at 7:00 PM, DJAVAD MOWAFAGHIAN CINEMA

"With Love Sounds, Masha Tupitsyn has gone the full otaku, building an enormous 24-hour database of audio clips covering the whole English-speaking history of the talkies, organizing it by relationship categories. Love Sounds is closer to what Hiroki Azuma would call a database than a narrative understanding of media. It’s a sort of epic forensic device for hearing what the whole mythic structure of the cinema era was, but breaking it down into its affective audible granules, and recomposing those granules by type rather than arranging them in narrative sequence. But it is not just a work about cinema. It also an instance of a post-cinematic form. Another media for another life. In the voice, one can hear at one and the same time the possibility of disarmament, of love; but also all the wars, over who owns who; of who is whose property. To listen, rather than look, at cinema, is to hear the struggle over the script itself, over which words are meant to matter, and which are mere convention. It’s a struggle over whether love is real. It’s one continuous dialogue on whether love, like God, is dead, and who killed it." McKenzie Wark

LOVE SOUNDS (Masha Tupitsyn, 2014) from Spectacle Theater on Vimeo.

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Love Sounds By Masha Tupitsyn | 24 hour screening 

FRIDAY, MAY 22  (12PM) to SATURDAY, MAY 23 (12PM), VIVO Media Arts Centre, 2625 Kaslo Street, Vancouver

The artist will be in attendance. For more information, please visit VIVO Media Arts website.


MASHA TUPITSYN is a writer, critic, and multimedia artist. She is the author of the books Like Someone in Love: An Addendum to Love Dog (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013), Love Dog (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013), a multimedia art book, LACONIA: 1,200 Tweets on Film (Zer0 Books, 2011), Beauty Talk & Monsters, a collection of film-based stories (Semiotext(e) Press, 2007), and co-editor of the anthology Life As We Show It: Writing on Film (City Lights, 2009). The final installment of her immaterial trilogy is the sound film, Love Sounds, a 24-hr audio history of love in cinema (2015), which will be accompanied by a catalogue published by Penny-Ante Editions in 2015. Her fiction and criticism has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous anthologies and journals. In 2011, she wrote a radio play, "Time for Nothing", for Performa 11, the New Visual Art Performance Biennial. Her blog is:


FREE. No registration required. 


When: Wed, May 20 - Thu, May 21, 2015. 7:00 PM.

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre & Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and VIVO Media Arts Centre

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