Oslo Pride at MUNCH: Festivity Amour – Karmaklubb* & friends SM Bngrz.03.01–03 by Tony Cokes

This new video work by American artist Tony Cokes traces the meaning, ambitions and dreams concerning (queer) club culture in post-pandemic times.


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The video samples international voices and material partly collected from texts produced by Karmaklubb*, amongst other sources. The work traces movements from melancholy to resilience.

The screening takes place in Amfi in the Lobby, and is a part of the two-day queer festival Oslo Pride at MUNCH: Festivity Amour.

Image above: Tony Cokes, SM Bngrz.03.01–03 (2021). Quote: Tine Semb / Karmaklubb* in Oda Tømte (2021), "Cultural Recovery: A conversation with Tine Semb", Cultural Recovery — a series of interviews, Oslo: Black Box teater, p. 32–45. The full text is also available online.

Tony Cokes (b. 1956) lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island, where he serves as Professor in the Department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. His work is included in the Whitney Biennial 2022: Quiet as It's Kept, on view through 5 September, 2022, and a solo show will open at Haus der Kunst, Munich in June 2022. Recent solo exhibitions include Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester (2021); MACRO Contemporary Art Museum, Rome (2021); CIRCA, London (2021); Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona (2020); ARGOS centre for audiovisual arts, Brussels (2020); Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2020); BAK – basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, Netherlands (2020); Luma Westbau, Zurich (2019); Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, London (2019); The Shed, New York (2019); Greene Naftali, New York (2018); Kunsthall Bergen, Norway (2018); and REDCAT, Los Angeles (2012). His work is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Centre Pompidou, Paris; FRAC Lorraine, Metz; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Kunsthallen, Copenhagen; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Wexner Center for the Visual Arts, Columbus; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others. (Greene Naftali, New York, NY)