Pop Music Manifestos: AD Vice, 2@, 3#, 6^, 5% (2000)
Length: 5:37 min
Pop Music Manifestos: This series of videos examines the myths of popular music, paying special attention to recent pop cultures modes of consumer address a space where a song lyric or even a critical essay may be a form of marketing.
The artist appropriates and re-presents the realm of the music video to make a subtle critique of the interactions of desire and commerce in a capitalist culture.
A quasi-music video black words on a white screen, set against the music of the artist's band Swipe addresses the music of each decade since the 1960s with slogans and barbed statements.
The first video in a series of "promotional tapes" for the artist's conceptual band SWIPE, which introduces concerns with the ideological apparatus that under girds the music industry.
The second in a series of pop "manifestos" which examines questions of originality and authenticity.
The short deconstructs music industry practices, from the creation of pop stardom to live performance in a digital age.
World Wide Video Festival (The Netherlands)
Electronic Arts Intermix
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# 3 (2001)
Ad vice (1999)
NO SELL OUT (1995, with X-PRZ)
Guns & Poses (1995, with X-Prez)
FADE TO BLACK (1990)
NT YT Free Styles (Guns & Poses) (1994, with X-Prez)
JST BCZ UR PARANOID DNT THINK THYR NT AFTR U (Malcolm X Pt 1) (1993, with X-Prez)
Word 2 My Mother (1991)
Manning Assistant Professor, Brown University, Providence, RI, since 1998
Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University, Providence, RI, 1997-1998
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, 2002 and 1991
Tony Cokes: A Video Retrospective, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA, 1996
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1994
1985 MFA Sculpture, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
1979 BA Photography/Creative Writing, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT
February - March 2006
Tony Cokess annotated discography 1! exhibited at Experimental Intermedia in New York in March. The final installment in Pop Manifestos, a series of videos examining the myths of pop music and culture, the work pairs the artists personal CD archive with excerpts from a rock critics essay and an appropriated vintage how-to documentary as a metaphor for contemporary art and music practice.
July - August 2005
Tony Cokess short video Evil.8 screened in May as part of the Oberhausen Short Film Festival. Evil.9 screened at the VideoEx Media Festival in Zurich, the International Documentary Film Festival of Marseille and the 18th Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival in Portugal this spring and summer. The two works are part of a series of films using isolated text and music to comment on U.S. foreign policy. Portions of the installation series of videos examining the myths of pop music and culture Pop Manifestos exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon, France in March, and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MuHKA) in Antwerp, Belgium in July and August. The series will exhibit as part of the Seoul Film & Net Festival in Korea in September, where Cokes will participate as a juror for the festivals International Competition.
March - April 2005
Tony Cokess short video work Ad Vice was included in the New York Underground Film Festival program in March. The work appropriates and re-presents the realm of the music video to make a subtle critique of capitalist culture.