Artist Talk: Tony Cokes & Kodwo Eshun

To mark the opening of If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late: Vol. 1, Tony Cokes discusses his work with Kodwo Eshun (Lecturer in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London and co-founder of The Otolith Group). Eshun features directly in the exhibition as part of a new commission produced specifically for the CCA, which quotes his ‘Mark Fisher Memorial Lecture’ delivered at Goldsmiths in 2018.


Tony Cokes lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island, where he serves as Professor in the Department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. Recent exhibitions include the 10th Berlin Biennale, Berlin; Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson; Whitechapel Gallery, London; ZKM, Karlsruhe; REDCAT, Los Angeles; SFMOMA, San Francisco; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Pera Museum, Istanbul; and the Louvre, Paris. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre George Pompidou, Paris; Kunsthallen, Copenhagen; Wexner Center for the Visual Arts, Columbus; and Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, among many others.

Kodwo Eshun is Lecturer in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London, Professor at Haut Ecole d’Art et Design, Geneva, and co-founder of The Otolith Group. He is author of Dan Graham: Rock My Religion (2012) and More Brilliant than the Sun: Adventures in Sonic Fiction (1998) and co-editor of The Fisher Function (2017), Post Punk Then and Now (2016), The Militant Image: A Cine-Geography: Third Text, Vol. 25 (2011), Harun Farocki: Against What? Against Whom (2010), and The Ghosts of Songs: The Film Art of the Black Audio Film Collective 1982–1998 (2007).

Image Credit: Tony Cokes, installation view, 10. Berlin Biennale, ZK/U Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, Berlin. Courtesy of Tony Cokes; Greene Naftali, New York, Hannah Hoffman, Los Angeles and Electronic Arts Intermix, New York, photo © Timo Ohler