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Tony Cokes’ commission on Piccadilly Lights Screen

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1 February 2021 to 28 February 2021

The visual artist’s engaging commission is a response to the struggle for civil rights that is currently taking place globally 

Piccadilly Circus, London 
 
American visual artist Tony Cokes has been commissioned by CIRCA to broadcast four new films on the Piccadilly advertising screens, which confront police violence and the questions we face in the post-pandemic world.
 
The works, 4 Voice/4 Weeks, presents Cokes’ translation of words by John Lydon, Judith Butler, John Lewis and Elijah McClain, a 23 year-old African American man who died after being put in a chokehold by police in 2019. Cokes’ 4 voices present the appalling realities we face today, such as the continuing struggle for racial and social equality.  
 
In his commission for CIRCA, Cokes translates texts into a code, which he does by filtering statements through a coding process made up of simple abbreviations and symbols. This creates striking and unsettling graphics for the screen in Piccadilly, with a new graphic coming out each week in February. 
 

 
Visitors can connect their headphones to www.circa.art to hear the full immersive audio-visual experiences of the digital installations. 
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