American artist Tony Cokes has in the past thirty years made works which confront sociopolitical power structures and pop cultural critique. This exhibition displays a full video installation of Mikrohaus, or the black atlantic? (2006–2008) as well as a selection of related works on monitors, looking at how electronic music, appropriation, and sampling as method through decades have created hybrid social spaces and somehow manages to alter, dissolute, and even deconstruct boundaries across gender, ethnic and social backgrounds as well as sexual orientation.
Mikrohaus (...), was one of the most noted works at the Berlin Biennale in 2018, and was screened for one night only in Oslo by Karmaklubb* in October the same year. This is the first time it is shown as an installation in Norway.
About the exhibition
Throughout the exhibition there will be an international club night and seminar as part of the Karmaklubb* ongoing discursive program, "Talks & screenings (on various forms of queerness)" at Kunstnernes Hus and the club Ingensteds, March 29–30. The seminar will focus on representation, counteracts, and hybrid spaces—from art institutions to club spheres. Institutions, researchers, artists and other initiatives will present their work concerning music and hybrid art/social spaces in an open feminist perspective, followed by a short discussion. Among the participators are the curators Eva Rowson (UK), Geir Haraldseth (NO), Natalie Hope O'Donnell ("Munchmuseet on the Move"), musicians and organizers Busy Gangnes and Melissa Livaudais (US/NO; Telepathe), the DJ-collectives Resis'dance (UK) and Konsept [X] (NO), Khartoum Contemporary Art Center (NO/SE/SD/INT) and more. There will also be a launch of a publication by Tony Cokes and Tine Semb, published by Karmaklubb*, in relation to the exhibition.
Full program TBA.
About the artist
Tony Cokes (b. 1956, Providence) is a video artist, and professor in Media Production at Department of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University. His work is mainly dealing with issues such as segregation, US warfare, as well as pop cultural criticism, often by using different sources of found footage and music. During more than thirty years, Cokes has exhibited widely internationally. His work can be found in collections such as SFMOMA, San Francisco; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Kunsthallen, Copenhagen; and Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York.
Karmaklubb* is a queer club concept and discursive platform based in Oslo. Among other things the program consist of club nights with Norwegian and international DJs, open conversations and meetings, wine tastings, sometimes food tasting, screenings, artist talks, panels, concerts, performance. It has also launched its own beer brand. Karmaklubb* is about creating hybrid social spaces for conversations and meetings—thought and pleasure—across gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, social background, etc. The next months Karmaklubb* will be involved in Ladyfest, the forth part of the "Talks & screenings—on communities" (with Chris Kraus, Wencke Mühleisen, and Constance Tenvik), and as official partner of Oslo Pride 2019.