Erdem Taşdelen

You You You

Interactive sound installation with webcam-operated motion detector, spot lights and speakers
6' 51", dimensions variable

This sound installation is composed of every utterance of the word “you” in pop-star Kylie Minogue’s discography up to the year 2012, arranged in chronological order in one audio file. The sound is triggered by a motion detector that tracks the audience, playing only when there is someone standing in the spot light and pausing once they step outside. Documenting stylistic changes in pop music through a period of 25 years, the work points to the construction of generic objects of desire in popular culture, and demonstrates that one of the main functions of pop music is to represent a simple common denominator among listeners.

Please click the play button below to listen to a 1-minute excerpt.

Erdem Taşdelen - You You You (2012)
Installation view: The Semi-Aware Subject, Galeri NON, Istanbul, 2013. Photo by Serkan Tunç.

Erdem Taşdelen - You You You (2012)
Installation view: Properties, Western Front, Vancouver, 2013. Photo by Maegan Hill-Carroll.

Erdem Taşdelen - You You You (2012)
Installation view: Hot Spot Istanbul, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, 2013. Photo by Stefan Altenburger.