Tony Cokes at IFFR
A very short, slightly cynical history of the last thirty years of pop music.
Tony Cokes analyses and comments on the culture of pop music with as much lucidity as criticism.
Shrink2b.demos consists of two video projections with one musical soundtrack. The video and sound elements of the installation will have a running time of approximately 11 minutes. The project takes a structuralist visual approach, and is an excerpt from a feature-length work-in-progress. The imagery consist of two projections of the Manhattan skyline as seen from a slowly moving boat. The moving images will be overlaid with short texts (Walter Benjamin, Alian Badiou). The writing references aspects of contemporary urban life (in this version, the myth of progress, and the return of "evil" to the modern political landscape...). The only sound in the work will be 2 songs from the cd 'Shrink' (1998) by the bavarian experimental pop groud The Notwist which mix tropes from rock, jazz, and electronica. In each song / section, the two images will be similar, the same location as seen before and after the destruction of the World Trade Center. Tony Cokes' videos and installations are a reflection on the history and ideological implications of the image and these days also of pop music.
The first part from a planned series entitled The Return of Evil in which animated text sequences react to the events of September 11.
1! closes the Pop Manifestos series with a presentation of titles of the 100 CDs Tony Cokes has valued most from 1997-2002. This discography of mostly German electronic recordings is juxtaposed with excerpts from music critic/philosopher Christoph Cox's essay on Gilles Deleuze, experimental electronica and the limits of rock music's forms and ideological premises.
Evil.8 / Evil.7 / Evil.9
A statement from the newspaper gets another perspective with music by Tony Cokes. Penetrating.
Video installation with short essays that Tony Cokes wrote about pop music. In TENT.
Selling of New York
By now a classic video work by Nam June Paik.
Cokes overwhelms the viewer with his opinions about the art world. Intended as a trailer for a longer work.
Margins and Bubbles Pt. 2
With his animated text videos, Tony Cokes focuses on the relations between criticism, marketing, economics, and art practice: the ‘Art Critique Series’.
(Pop, Terror, Critique) Remix
A huge screen presents over 45 videos and animations from the past 15 years, exposing the hypocrisy of the music industry, consumer culture, the art world and USA politics. Cokes’ critical texts appear on brightly coloured backgrounds, as subversive video clips.
What possessed Von Trier during his notorious press conference at Cannes? And Bowie when he flirted with fascism? And Kanye West with his megalomania?