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
Tony Cokes, studio time: reconstructions of soul and the sublime (re-creation), (2011/2020), Courtesy of the artist
"My developing research interrogates what happens in the artist's studio, how those practices are represented, and why traditional images persist in a conceptual, virtual contemporary landscape. This video deploys an excerpt from Tom Holert’s essay “Studio Time,” which discusses "Western Recording," a film installation by Mathias Poledna. The video presents an edited, re-sequenced version of Holert’s text to reframe key themes related to my earlier print project "Supplement" (identity, gesture, context, form, mediation, and cultural practice). The video operates via a strategic detour from a specific visual, white, discursive realm (Los Angeles pop) into a different virtual, black, sound context (Kingston, Jamaica’s reggae). However, by removing the specific references to Poledna’s work, I enable Holert’s argument to function more broadly as a close comparison and differentiation of the artist’s studio with sites of musical, filmic, and televisual production. My redeployment of Holert's text seeks to underline the symmetries and contradictions between diverse "studio" practices, technological isolation, mediated and performed temporality, their subjective effects, and mass distribution. (Special thanks to Tom Holert, Erin Sullivan, Aram Moshayedi, Nizan Shaked, Christoph Cox, and X-TRA.)" - Tony Cokes
Question 6: 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.