Erdem Taşdelen


Love is...

Mural with self-adhesive inkjet prints
Dimensions variable

This work lists titles of existing songs that all begin with the words "Love is" on a mural, arranged alphabetically and styled as they would appear on a computer playlist. The musical artists that these tracks are written or performed by include familiar names such as Whitney Houston, Pet Shop Boys, David Bowie and Aretha Franklin, but the list omits their names and includes information on titles and duration only.

An exhaustive list of all the titles that were available online at the time of its compiling, the work presents an archive of definitions of love in popular culture with an objective, impersonal approach. These definitions result in incidental narratives through their alphabetical ordering, calling viewers to contemplate their various personal experiences of love.

Installation views: Reunion, Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Istanbul, 2015. Photos by Murat Germen.