The New Anxiety
The 300+ year technologies built to capture, understand and connect the world - from maps through geostationary satellites to contemporary algorithms and big data collection - have been exposed as weapons-grade systems that pluralise reality and destabilise the present. How does living in this new anxious world feel, and how deep do these systems take root?
Rowland Hill, 'Do you think you're better off alone' (2020), 50'
9th July, 20:00 BST
"Eurodance music emerged in the immediate aftermath of the Berlin Wall and is characterised by a lyrical preoccupation with the word ‘freedom’, an emotively charged minor key, references to severe weather, and beats that suggest states of both euphoria and emergency. It is a fantasy genre of irrational optimism and desperate, unanswerable questioning.
Do you think you’re better off alone? considers the cognitive dissonance of 90s Eurodance as a reflection of the 'split between the decade’s self understanding — how it was imagined and anticipated — and the material ways in which it was actually experienced.’* Through a series of ‘close listenings’, Rowland offers ways to interpret Eurodance's artefacts as both expressions of their time and portents of our present political crises.
*Gavin Jacobson, The 1990s: An age without qualities, New Statesman." (Rowland Hill)