I Trusted You

4’01 Looped Karaoke Track

Single channel

Flatscreen monitor

Microphone, XLR cable, PA system

Mic and Speaker stand

 

2018

Guitar: Hugo LaNauEstudi

In the late 1970s alternative comedian Andy Kaufman, would perform the song I Trusted You’ as part of his stand-up routine. Kaufman repeats the phrase ‘I Trusted You’ with increasing desperation and ferocity, accompanied by a live band reprising a simple musical phrase over and over again. Initially the audience are taken in by Kaufman’s sentimental song to an unknown lover. However, by the end of the third minute, Kaufman loses the empathy of his audience and ‘I Trusted You’ changes to become a plead toward the lost faith of the crowd.

The musical score has been re-recorded as 2 guitar tracks and synchronised to an animated karaoke video. The microphone is left out in the gallery as an invitation to accompany the looped track.

 

 

Images from ID:I Galleri, Stockholm