Tony Cokes

Black Celebration (1988) 16mm, color, 18 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: History, Political / Social Activism

A Rebellion Against the Commodity, this engaged reading of the urban black riots of the 1960s references the 1966 Situationist text, 'The Decline and Fall of the Spectacle-Commodity Economy.' Along with additional commentary adapted from Barbara Kruger, and musicians Morrissey and Skinny Puppy, the text posits rioting as a refusal to participate in the logic of capital, and an attempt to de-fetishize the commodity through theft and gift. Cokes asks, "How do people make history under conditions pre-established to dissuade them from intervening in it?"

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