Logical Song

Logical Song

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Posted 2024-02-07 by Janefollow

Tue 02 Jul 2024

Castlefield Gallery presents , Rowland Hill's first major solo exhibition. Exploring the aesthetics of 1990s Eurodance music, club culture and local fairgrounds, Hill will transform the gallery into an immersive installation which sits between an attraction and an exhibition. Visitors will be invited to enter spaces that move them from the private and domestic to the theatrical and communal, embarking them upon a destabilising journey through a fantasised past to a darker, speculative future.

A new large scale video installation will feature moving image portraits of female Eurotrance singers, caught in an ever evolving chorus of a cappella voices. Adorned with fairground lights referencing religious iconography, the work will create a devotional space that gives presence to the often anonymous women featured as samples in Eurotrance music.

will also house an adaptation of Hill's Fluchtpunkt, an audio landscape of extreme weather sounds — a recurring metaphor for conflict and resolution in 90s dance music — which, today, take on a stark significance. Underpinned by an ominously thudding beat, the exhibition prompts visitors to question the dreamworld of Eurodance and its disquieting rhetoric of utopia and emergency.

Image credit: Rowland Hill, Fluchtpunkt at SOUP (2023). Photo by Will Gillibrand.

More information at www.castlefieldgallery.co.uk/event/logical-song/




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