Anyone else isn't you

Contemporary Art Society – At Home

As part #CASatHome film series, the Contemporary Arts Society present a screening of Anyone else isn’t you (2005) for 72 hours from noon on 3rd June 2020. The piece was donated to the South London Gallery by the CAS in 2011, following our solo exhibition there.

The screening of the complete film can be accessed on the Contemporary Art Society website.

For the piece, we invited 14 young people to talk directly to camera, one by one, about a ‘mixtape’ they’ve made for or received from a lover. In this way they are indirectly coaxed into a confessional mode, talking candidly about love and loss, and the indelible links between music, love and memory. The film cuts between the 14 participants, highlighting similar moments they recall as well as the contrasts in their experiences.

The work is imbued with a nostalgia for the 1980s and 90s and the practice of making carefully curated cassette mixtapes. This physical, intimate form is contrasted with the digital medium of broadcasting a video diary, documenting a culture veering from private modes of expression to public ones. Yet, the desire to connect and communicate remains a common thread.