Part III: Elijah McClain “His Last Words” (HS LST WRDZ”), (2021), Music: Between The Clock and The Bed by Manic Street Preachers.
"I found the text containing the last words of Elijah McClain as a post on social media. Actually, I found several, nearly identical versions of it. The fragmented, poignant, often apologetic words were shocking and painful to read. The text demanded a strong, contrasting musical setting. I thought about the work of Manic Street Preachers, a Weish band noted for complex and varied cultural references in their lyrics and leftist political perspectives. I thought McClain’s text layered even more abjectly against the Manics song, ‘Between The Clock and The Bed.’ The song in the context of the video reads like a statement of complicity with the violence described, and its gorgeous lyrics and vocals, especially the presence of Green Garthside, an artist with a history of compelling fusions of political and theoretical rigor and impeccable pop aesthetics, adds a register of sublime sadness to the minimal text animation." - Tony Cokes
Early this year 2021, Kiosk Radio and ARGOS presented Tony Cokes: Selector, an hour-long broadcast presenting an inspiring selection of tracks by artist Tony Cokes, ranging from shoegaze to dancehall to indietronica. A conversation between the artist and ARGOS director Niels Van Tomme frames the selection.
The broadcast, which was recorded last November when Brussels was in full lockdown and the exhibition was closed to the public, consists of tracks that have been used by Cokes in his work, or ones he is planning to use in future work. The programme adresses music's political and social possibilities, as well as its ability to open up unresolved pasts.
CLICK HERE to watch a conversation between Tony Cokes and ARGOS director Niels Van Tomme about the artist's selection.
Question 2: Cole Moore x Tony Cokes discuss Part III: Elijah McClain “His Last Words” (HS LST WRDZ”), (2021), Music: Between The Clock and The Bed by Manic Street Preachers.