Bjørn Erik Haugen What Does It Matter How Many Lovers You Have If None of Them Gives You the Universe
This project is a transcription for mechanical piano of a lecture by the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan. The audience`s response in the lecture is played by a guitar amplifier. The video of the lecture will be screened with a video projector.
The Lecture where he talks about the language as a foundation for our understanding of our surroundings. He is abruptly disrupted by a student that ruins his lecture notes with ﬂour and water, that is the part II of the piece, as a protest against society. He is a situationist, inspired by Debord they start discussing before he ruins Lacan`s cravat/tie and is thrown out of the lecture hall. Lacan then starts lecturing about the protesters views about people and society, about revolution and love.
Thoughts about the project
In art discourse both Lacan and Debord are central, this is a meeting of their views upon society. This lecture took place in 1971. The happening is highly coloured by the context, the student protests in France in the late sixties, and revolution as an frequent used word in discussion.
The choice of the piano is intended to both be a critique and a homage to Lacan and postmodern thinkers like him as they ﬁrst started with theories that revolutionized and transformed how we experience our world, and ended up as virtuous theoretical performers. The audience knew exactly what they were getting when they entered their lectures.
The title is a famous quote by Lacan. Here it refers to the two «ideologies» in the piece, the situationist and the psychoanalytic.
What Does It Matter How Many Lovers You Have If None of Them Gives You the Universe was exhibited at ANX, Oslo, in the autumn of 2012.
This work received a «Honorary Mention» at Prix Ars Electronica 2012 in the section Digital Musics & Sound Art. You can check the list here.
My name is Bjørn Erik Haugen, and I have an MA from the National Academy in Oslo 2007. I work mainly with sound, sculpture and video installation. I work from a conceptual platform where the idea to the work comes before the material, media or way of expression.
In my work I am concerned about how the TV and other screen-based medias makes in impact on our lives. The influence this has on our perception of reality is something I think is problematic and fascinating. My intention is that my works shall make the viewer reflect and discuss the speculative and spectacular of what we see on the screens that surrounds us in our daily life, with that I mean everything from internet and computer games to TV, films, commercials, banners and video.
I consider myself to be political, since I intend with my works to in my works I often deconstruct, problematize and set focus prejudice, use of power and control in society.