1000 Kisses, 2001, mixed media, sound, video, 14‘ x 60‘ x 30’, Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
1000 Kisses is an interactive sound and video installation consisting of twenty-one, nine-foot high, mirrored obelisk sculptures arranged in a triangular format. The visitor hears an original sound work consisting of mixed vocal text interviews and pop songs that was created by the artist collecting hundreds of peoples’ personal “favorite memories” via interviews with the University community.
The vast majority of the memories were thematically romantic. The favorite memories often involved a pop song, a place and a person. The gallery visitor is invited to kiss the mirrored obelisks. One thousand red lipsticks are provided. The visitor can keep the lipstick as a memento. As a result of the interaction, a red “horizon line” of lipstick prints accumulated on the mirrored surfaces. A grid pattern of one thousand 4” x 6” color prints of subjects kissing was installed on the back wall of the gallery and were reflected on the obelisks.