Part II: John Lewis “Testament B” (“2GTHR U CN RDM TH SL OF TH NATN”), (2021), Music: Huey Lewis Dub by Deadbeat (Blikartz)
"I imagined that another, more socially focused, collaborative approach to activism might be marked by the history and words of the recently deceased American, Rep. John Lewis. I was drawn to a fragment of the posthumous essay that he wrote for The New York Times examining linkages between his political history and the recent Black Lives Matter movement, and the deaths of too many Black people by police violence. While developing the text animation my friend Deadbeat released a engaging, churning slab of dub techno featuring a vocal recording of Lewis examining his activist trajectory from a different time and perspective. The doubling and echoes between Lewis’ voice and text reverberated very deeply for me." - Tony Cokes
"That's part of the reason why I work so heavily with quotation, because I know that it's a kind of co-production, a co-making. It's not like I know what you're going to think or what your experience is going to be."
"There’s something about the fragmentation, the relationships that one wants to make between the individual's statement. It's almost like this is something really, really bad. Even though it's not super descriptive or explicit, it's something situational."
"But the feeling combined is that something really, really ugly is unfolding. And you still can’t wake yourself up enough to intervene."
"Why is it that explicit forms of violence can now be recorded but can continue to occur?"
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Question 2: Adrienne Edwards x Tony Cokes discuss Part II: John Lewis “Testament B” (“2GTHR U CN RDM TH SL OF TH NATN”), (2021), Music: Huey Lewis Dub by Deadbeat (Blikartz)
Adrienne Edwards is a New York-based curator, scholar, and writer. Edwards is currently the Engell Speyer Family Curator and Curator of Performance at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Edwards curated performance commissions at Performa from 2010 to 2018. Prior to moving to the Whitney in 2018, Edwards worked as curator at large at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. She held that position since 2016. As of 2018 Edwards, was a Performance Studies Ph.D. student at N.Y.U. In 2016, Edwards curated a show “Blackness in Abstraction,” at Pace Gallery. In 2019, Edwards with Danielle A. Jackson curated an exhibition at the Whitney: “Jason Moran” the first museum survey devoted to the MacArthur-winning pianist and conceptualist.