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Part IV: Judith Butler “Mourning Is A Political Act Amid The Pandemic & Its Disparities”, (2021), Music: Exercise One by Joy Division

"The final video in the group presents an excerpt from an interview with the noted theorist Judith Butler that concisely critiques the social policies and practices made horribly plain by the COVID-19 crises. I am drawn to Butler’s rigorous framing of the value of mourning in the contemporary world. The text presentation is uncoded because the coded version I made rendered the text more abstract, less readable, and undermined its legibility. The abstraction in my view worked to blunt the text’s potential criticality. Musically, I thought Joy Division’s feedback-laden, disturbing “Exercise One” enhanced the dark clarity of the text’s analysis." - Tony Cokes

Question 6: Peter Saville x Tony Cokes discuss Part IV: Judith Butler “Mourning Is A Political Act Amid The Pandemic & Its Disparities”, (2021), Music: Exercise One by Joy Division

Peter Saville is a graphic designer known predominantly for his edgy work for the music and fashion industries. Saville’s career began in the late 1970s in Manchester, England, at the nascent Factory Records, an independent label that went on to establish rock bands like Joy Division and New Order. Over the decades, his influences have ranged from mid-century modernist painting and classical art to stock imagery and his own old designs. Saville based the album cover for New Order’s Technique (1989) on the work of postwar artist Yves Klein. Although Saville’s designs help sell music and clothes, he is a harsh critic of consumerism and brand obsession. He has been the creative director of his native city of Manchester since 2004.