two toned 2012

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.[1] (…)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


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 (23.532.45 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)


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)

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