Join us for a special evening of videos from artist Tony Cokes’ Pop Manifestos series and related works, which will be presented across three channels with a live sound mix.
The first channel alternates between Cokes’ videos Headphones and 1! , which draw together texts excerpted from music historians, found footage and music. Drawing these elements into constellation, Headphones proposes that piracy is the logical extension of music reproduction technologies. 1! is a work from Cokes’ Pop Manifesto series that charts changes to music production and ideology from rock into disco and electronic music.
The second channel brings together videos made for Cokes’ conceptual band SWIPE. These include the remaining works in the Pop Manifestos series, 2@, 3#, 5% and 6^, as well as Ad Vice, which preceded and informed these videos. Produced as ‘promotional tapes’ for SWIPE, these works use the language of music videos against itself through critiques of the music industry.
The third channel presents the more recent video 1!+ (a dubstep primer), which considers British dubstep through the lens of different theoretical frameworks such as Jacques Derrida’s concept of hauntology and Paul Gilroy’s formulation of a Black Atlantic culture.
The presentation is followed by a discussion with the artist.
1!, Unites States 2004, SD video, colour, sound, 24 min
Headphones, United States 2004, SD video, colour, sound, 7 min
Ad Vice, United States 1999, 6:36 min, colour, sound
2@, United States 2000, SD video, colour, sound, 6 min
3#, United States 2001, SD video, colour, sound, 5 min
5%, United States 2001, SD video, colour, sound, 10 min
6^, United States 2001, SD video, colour, sound, 4 min
1!+ (a dubstep primer), United States 2014, HD video, colour, sound, 37 min