Video-installation and some printed concrete poetry
The poetry series two toned was written directly after the toned poems that were set to music with sound effects by Kasander Nilist; the title, amongst other things, also refers to the term “tone poems”.
A symphonic poem or tone poem is a piece of orchestral music in a single continuous section (a movement) in which the content of a poem, a story or novel, a painting, a landscape or another (non-musical) source is illustrated or evoked. The term was first applied by Hungarian composer Franz Liszt to his 13 works in this vein. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
The term two-tone also suggests the two-tone material that was often used to make men’s suits fashionable in the 1970’s.
When blue beat and ska were revived in the late 1970s through bands like The Specials, The Beat, Madness it introduced two-tone fabric to the fashion and the gangster ‘rude boy’ style of downtown Jamaica. www.hidden-histories.o…
And consequently two toned refers also to the music form that emerged in the 1970’s.
2 Tone (or Two Tone) is a music genre created in England in the late 1970s by fusing elements of ska, punk rock, rocksteady, reggae and New Wave. Within the history of ska, 2 Tone is classified as its second wave, and is the precursor of the third wave ska scene of the 1980s and 1990s. (…)The term was coined by The Specials’ keyboardist Jerry Dammers, who — with the assistance of Horace Panter and graphic designer John “Teflon” Sims — created the iconic Walt Jabsco logo (a man in a black suit, white shirt, black tie, pork pie hat, white socks and black loafers) to represent the 2 Tone genre. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Like half dimensional poems 2009 – 2011, cement 2011, weißer neger (white nigger) 2011, concrete party 2011 and cross word 2011 – 2012, two toned is prose poetry, written in English and German. In style and sense these are concrete poems, a collection of jumbled abstract thoughts, misunderstood conversation and misread text, which, reflect the daily life and temperament of the Jewish artist. This piece, unlike Tanya Ury’s other concrete poetry will however be presented with several actors and thematises Jewish identity and life in Germany today.
Tanya Ury’s written poetry may be regarded as “concrete” because of its visual design, and unconventional aural effect when spoken — the texts thereby gain in dimension beyond accepted meaning.
2011, Ury created visual images of 17 concrete poems, to be presented online and as print versions (23.5 x 32.45 cm), digital image processing Mirco Sanftleben, two of these poems being femininity and femininiation, the rest being part of the series cement, weißer neger (white nigger), concrete party & oral call, cross word, toned poems, two toned, pommes, taste of space, leeres archiv and since 2011 Tanya Ury recorded 6 of the more traditional poems (toned poems: 5.54 minutes) to be found in the poetry series, together with Kasander Nilist (double bass, sound and mix), also for the June edition online of Imaginations – Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, University of Alberta (CA) with Ury as featured artist.
Ury has also created other artworks that might be considered visual poetry. Moving Message 1992, incorporates an LED sign displaying the words: you are why; Sonata in Sea 1999 – 2000 is a photo series combined with poetry and wrestlewithyourangel 2001, is a neon sign produced together with the neon sign neonazi 2001; the title of a double photo portrait lesser is me more or less 2003 plays on the name of the German Post-Impressionist Lesser Ury, as does the title of a further double portrait or else 2007, which refers to the German writer Else Ury. The title of a third photo-portrait Beelzebularin 2005 (in the Promised Land series) reveals itself to be an anagram of the biblical Bezalel Ben Uri. half dimensional — semi detached 2010, combines the first of the half dimensional poems with the photograph semi detached.
concrete – a collection of works (including poetry series)
- femininity – femininiation 2011
- Moving Message 1992
- Word-fore-play – Recipe for Love 1995
- Sonata in Sea 1999 – 2000
- wish 2000
- wrestlewithyourangel 2001
- neonazi 2001
- Poker Poems 2003
- elle la poésie 2003
- lesser is me more or less 2003
- Promised Land – a collection of works 2005
- Mid Summer 2005
- Un 2006
- or else 2007
- half dimensional poems 2009 – 2011
- half dimensional – semi detached 2010
- cement 2011
- on a mat appear 2011 -
- Lost Poems 2011
- weißer neger (white nigger) 2011
- informed 1.3.2011
- concrete party 2011
- oral call 2011
- cross word 2011 – 2012
- toned poems 2011 – 2012
- two toned 2012
- pommes 2012
- taste of space 2012 – 2013
- leeres archiv (empty archive) 2013
- archive burn out 2011 – 2014
- hero of your own saga 2013 – 2014
- magical reality 2014 – 2015
2012 (11.6) Tanya Ury is the featured artist with new works in the June edition online of Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, University of Alberta, Canada, with Videos: Intimacy, cement & dark room; a series of 17 concrete poems, the photograph Alibijude, Selection from the Who’s Boss series, and 8 photos from Soul Brothers & Sisters, also 3 photos of Occupy in Strasbourg, from the Fading into the Foreground series; furthermore 5 toned poems (sounds, music and sound mix Kasander Nilist) and a peer review interview (text and Skype video) with Claude Desmarais, (CA)