Tony Cokes & Tine Semb – Polar Green (Mikrohaus ++) (2019)
Compiled, written, and edited by Tony Cokes & Tine Semb.
As part of collaboration with Karmaklubb* during Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival 2021, we are presenting several books and publications by Karmaklubb*!
Polar Green (Mikrohaus ++) consists of notes, quotes, anecdotes, and other sampled material, compiled and written by Tony Cokes(C) & Tine Semb(S) during June 2018 until March 2019. From S’s discovery of C’s video Mikrohaus, or the black atlantic? (2006–2008) in the dim basement of ZK/U – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik at the ↗︎ 10th Berlin Biennale 2018, to a screening of the work in Oslo in October the same year, via hanging out in Bergen, months of texting — culminating in ↗︎ the solo show ‘Mikrohaus ++’ at Kunstnernes Hus, once again in Oslo, March 2019.
These texts do not draw a linear narrative, neither is this a publication of poetics. It is a written conversation in bits and pieces and a set of more or less accurate quotations and travel notes — on forms that circulate, hybrids, crossing communities, and other phenomena that unfolded as we went by. We suggest you read it as a collage, a remix, driven by questioning, an aim for awareness, longing, passion, and love.
And it ended up light green. As a blossoming carnation in a boutonniere; like the pigment painted on Ole Landmark’s functionalist building Bergen Kunsthall; the tiles covering Berlin’s Birkenstrasse U-Bahn station from 1961, or, as this paper. Polar green.
Compiled, written, and edited by Tony Cokes & Tine Semb. Published by Karmaklubb* & IGWTLI publishing, March 2019. As most of Karmaklubb* things, printed by Nilz & Otto Grafisk AS. Following the book are also five post cards with artworks containing carnations, an ancient code for gayness.