New York Artist Debbie T. Davies to Travel to Berlin with I Love You Project, 6/28
THE I LOVE YOU PROJECT - an interactive social visual art project celebrating diversity - returns to Berlin, Germany June 28-July 12. The multi-media art installation including video, sound, and photos will be on exhibit at Where Is Jesus in Kreuzberg. Participants from prior events including Berlin, Frankfurt, Giessen and Barcelona will be on display. New videos, photos, and voices recordings will be captured on June 28 12pm-7pm using new participants. New York-based Debbie Davies uses a digital microscope camera in this experimental, collaborative project. Music composition is created by Germany-based Julius Schön, and editing by New York-based Kendall Smith and Santina Amato. Davies will videotape visitors saying "I Love You" in different languages during the exhibition with the intention of bringing together residents in multi-cultural Kreuzberg. This exhibition is part a global initiative exploring migration and diversity and uniting people within communities by expressing love within the context of a visual art form. The new resulting photos and video will be exhibited later in 2014 during Berlin Art Week.
In March 2011 The I Love You Project was conducted first in Barcelona, Spain. New York artist Debbie T. Davies used a digital electronic microscope camera to capture videos and photos of 82 people saying "I love you" in 18 languages in Raval. In summer 2012 she visited Frankfurt and Giessen in Germany and captured images and voices of over 80 people representing 32 languages for the Hessen version of the project. During the annual 48 Hour Neukölln festival in 2013 over 120 people participated in Berlin, Germany. The project returns to Berlin to exhibit images from that event. In July 2014 the project will be conducted and exhibited in Kiev, Ukraine during a very tense political climate.
German sound artist Julius Schön creates an original music soundtrack to include participants' recorded commentary on love, peace, migration, and diversity.
The digital microscope camera creates unexpected images that play with skin tone, contrast, color, speed, and light in unexpected ways. The result is a multimedia installation; an immersive experience sharing the diverse faces and voices of the people who live and work in these cities. Video edited by Kendall Smith, Santina Amato, and Debbie Davies, is projected onto screens and plays continuously. Photos are connected to form a large mosaic covering walls.