[NetBehaviour] NIMk Depreciated, solo exhibition Cory Arcangel
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Tue Aug 18 13:42:05 CEST 2009
The Netherlands Media Art Institute presents:
Buffalo, New York, 1978, lives and works in Brooklyn, New York (USA)
29 August – 14 November, 2009
opening 28 August 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. with DJ Cinnaman
The Media Art Institute proudly presents the first solo exhibition in
The Netherlands by the 31-year-old 'darling of new media art', Cory
Arcangel (US). Recent films, modified video games and computer
installations by the artist will be shown in the context of earlier work.
Cory Arcangel hacks, manipulates and reuses various technological
applications, including video games, web software, film and print media.
In doing so he comments on digital media technologies and cultures while
at the same time continuing to seek the possibilities that present
themselves on the cutting edge of humor, theory and technological
shortcomings. His interest in technology spans from the vernacular or
non-expert to the conscious disrupting of digital techniques. Using
techniques common to conceptual art and performance, Arcangel's work
often comments on the relationship between these two.
The Netherlands Media Arts Institute is showing Arcangel's best known
work, 'Super Mario Clouds' (2002-). The artist altered a version of the
Nintendo game Super Mario Brothers in such a way that only an iconic,
bright blue sky with clouds slowly drifting by remained. For the work
'Structural Film' (2007) Arcangel used the medium of film, which has
been around a much longer time. In this work the iMovie filter that
imitates dust and scratches from a time-worn film, called 'Aged Film',
was applied to a blank image. Arcangel then transferred the resulting
quicktime film to 16 mm film, so that the work becomes a contemporary
pastiche of Nam June Paik's 'Zen for Film'.
Arcangel's video installation 'Sweet 16' (2006), which by now could
almost be called a classic, will also be presented. In this work two
intros to the Guns N' Roses video clip 'Sweet Child O' Mine' sometimes
run synchronously, and are sometimes totally out of sync. That is
because the two videos' lengths are off by one note. The artist's love
of music also emerges in his latest work 'Drei Klavierstücke, op. 11'
(2009). In this video Arcangel brings together short YouTube fragments
of cats walking on pianos. The artist edited all the separate fragments
one note at a time, so that the cats collectively play Schönberg's 'op.
11', a pioneering work of 'atonal' music.
Cory Arcangel completed his Bachelor in 'Technology in Music and Related
Arts' at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music, in Oberlin, Ohio, in 2000.
Together with friends from the conservatory, in 1998 the artist set up
the programmers' collective BEIGE. In addition to being an artist, Cory
Arcangel is also a musician and performer. At the age of 27, Arcangel
already had a solo exhibition in the Migros Museum in Zürich,
Switzerland. Since then his work has been shown in group exhibitions in
museums all over the world. Arcangel has had shows in commercial
galleries in New York (USA), Paris (France), Salzburg (Austria), London
(UK), Brussels (Belgium), Geneva (Switzerland), Stockholm (Sweden) and
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Netherlands Media Art Institute
1016 EV Amsterdam
Opening hours: Tue t/m Sat and each first Sunday of the month Sunday:
September 6, October 4, November 1, 1300 – 1800 hrs.
Entrance 4,50 (2,50 with discount). Museumkaart free
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