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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

FULL INTERVIEW: 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.

FULL INTERVIEW: As the first and most comprehensive interview conducted for this month’s commission, Lynton Talbot and Tony Cokes discuss the artist’s four films and its wider context. This conversation was transcribed by Lynton into a new piece of writing that can be found the Tony Cokes CIRCA webpage.

Lynton Talbot is a curator, writer and educator based in London. His curatorial platform, parrhesiadesworks with artist for whom language — either written, spoken or otherwise performed — is an essential part of their practice. Parrhesiades has worked with Anaïs Duplan, Johanna Hedva, Cally Spooner, Sung Tieu, Jesper List Thomsen and Quinn Latimer and has forthcoming projects with Patrick Staff, Isabel Waidner and Olamiju Fajemisin among others. Parrhesiades Volume 1 was published in 2020 with Volume 2 scheduled for late 2021 and has presented projects at South London Gallery, Camden Arts Centre, Flat Time House and Goldsmiths CCW.