Episode of Image Union featuring the work "Love Tapes" by Wendy Clarke. "Love Tapes" is a collection of videos from an experiment in which people were allowed to sit alone in a cubicle, only with a video camera and monitor, and talk about love for three minutes. Hundreds of people participated in this experiment, and this collection features 8 full length tapes.
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01:15Copy video clip URL “Love Tapes” by Wendy Clarke. B&W video. A collection of videos from an experiment in which people were allowed to sit in alone in a cubicle, with only a video camera and a monitor, and talk about love for three minutes. Hundreds of people participated in this experiment, and this collection features 8 full length tapes.
1:31Copy video clip URL “I’ve never been so much in love before.” Montage of various people defining love.
3:29Copy video clip URL First woman: “They say that people can’t live without love, but I’ve lived without it all my life…my parents always threatened to send me to the orphan’s home…” She describes the withholding nature she inherited from her mother. She discusses suicidal thoughts, past boyfriends, and then is abruptly cut off (3 min. is over).
6:39Copy video clip URL A young man, Johnny, defines love. He talks about his troubled upbringing and finding love in a foster family.
9:14Copy video clip URL A young, blond woman. “I’m trying to decide whether or not I’m too self-conscious about myself.” She discusses her relationship: “I’ve never met anyone like him before…I don’t think anyone could ever compare to him, Anton.”
12:09Copy video clip URL A man with glasses and curly black hair. “Yesterday I went to see my kid at school. They don’t live with me. I was riding near school and I thought it would be really nice to see him. I went in and he spotted me and I saw him light up, and I was like–I almost couldn’t walk to him–cause I felt I wasn’t in control, that all my being was being controlled by this over-powering feeling for Gary. I walked over to him and lifted him up and he asked me why I came to see him. I told him cause I wanted to give him a hug…I guess the feeling I have for him is about as strong as I’ve ever felt for another human being.”
15:45Copy video clip URL An older woman. “What is love? God is love.” She discusses the various kinds of love for her mother, family, guys, and friends.”Just think how beautiful it is to have love? To love and be loved.” She goes on: “You can’t just explain love in one sentence! Love, love, love, love, love. Give me love. There’s plenty of it.” She sings: “Oh yyyeah!”
19:07Copy video clip URL Young woman: “These statements are not universal. I can’t say that this is the way love is, because I feel the way it is, it isn’t necessarily this way for anyone else. I think that love is very close to hate–the line is very close…I always hate the one I love…those two feelings are what rule my life…they’re what I’m obsessed with; they color everything else.” She discusses these emotions and how being in love, for her, means wanting to become that other person.
21:34Copy video clip URL Young man: “Love does exist here in New York City and in me…I have so much love in me…I love you, world…thank you for giving me this opportunity…love is all its cracked up to be.”
22:16Copy video clip URL A girl child: “I love my stuffed animals. I sort of love my friends and stuff. Maybe I love myself. Maybe I could love my life.” She is very apprehensive.
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