5 October–2 November 1997 / Casco HQ
Hilary Lloyd is presenting a new work in Casco: Three DJ Sculptures. This is a large video installation showing DJs, the new heroes of contemporary life. The DJs Ewan, Dominic and Sal are shown going to work, playing at a club and going home in a taxi. The installation comprises six monitors and six players, placed back-to-back on stands. The “body” of the video is as important as the image. The clean, cool equipment, with its machine aesthetic offers us access to the warm, sultry atmosphere of the nightclub. In the club, the DJ stands mixing, mixing, mixing – almost one with the machine, a gigantic turntable. The infectious music we hear in Casco is the set he arranged for that night. Lloyd portrays people she meets. Much of her work refers to popular culture through the characters she films and the situations she chooses. She presents images from contemporary life quietened down; not as documentary registrations of her social context and her life within it, but as a vehicle for reflection. Her ode to the DJ has been soberly filmed from a fixed viewpoint and unedited. The enchantment with club life is still present in the images, but it is transformed into contemplation, the slow images become almost painterly. Last night the DJ saved my life.
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