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)