I\W: What is your obsession with loops?
Tony Balko: There are loops in almost everything that I have done in the last few years. I had originally started out as a kid making comedy videos and recreations of Cops. It was very manageable, you get to have good guys, bad guys, whatever. I always had this traditional relationship to time in movies in that way, but then also had this love of hip hop and sampling and minimal psychedelic krautrock—German psychedelic music that has repetitious beats. All of the music I seem to like has a lot of repetitive elements, so I think the thing that resonated with me was this groove you could catch if the loop was good enough. I have always approached it where the starting point was wanting to find my own groove to focus on, and then use that as a building block to construct a narrative or tell some other idea. The other thing I like about loops is the ability to pull time. I don’t really like to slow things down, but I like to make things last longer than they should.
(Tony’s work flashes, pulsates, and confuses, whether in person at one of his performances, or while watching a video of his on screen. Influenced by music like krautrock, Tony creates looping videos that seem to stretch time, placing you inside a moment for far longer than you feel comfortable. With a studio located both inside and on the back porch of his Pilsen home, Tony has space to edit his psychedelic video creations as well as build his recent triangular, cubed, and circular disco balls.)