Patrick Hillman
Double Fantasy
(2009)
Sounds collage on 7” vinyl record
7” in diameter
Patrick Hillman
Installation view. (l-r) Wilson, Clausen, Hanasik, Hillman (pedestal), Bazant/Ramstad, Rinehart/Kurz.
Patrick Hillman

Pop culture is commonly referred to as a universal language of sorts, in so much as it is a shared experience of culture, an intersubjective communal encounter. But like Utopia, it is limited by the subjectivity of its shapers, and often times it excludes marginal outsiders. As queers, we are often left to imagine our own visibility in the world because our representations are few and far between. And while pop culture is restricted by heteronormative circumstances, it none-the-less remains a common reference point for members of the queer community, who in turn make it there own, drag it out, and queer it.

My project Double Fantasy uses the relationship of Yoko Ono and John Lennon as a catalyst for imagining love as art. Limiting myself to the music, lyrics and imagery of their well-known collaborative album, I re-imagine my life with my partner as two famous lovers and artists, who live their love life under the scrutiny of the public eye and who function as the new paradigm of romantic relationships.

As an installation, Double Fantasy includes a record player and headphones, used to listen to the new record made from collaging bits and pieces of the original songs. It also consists of a new record sleeve along with the new liner notes restructured in a similar fashion as the sound piece.