[NetBehaviour] NIMk Depreciated, solo exhibition Cory Arcangel

Marieke Istha istha at nimk.nl
Tue Aug 18 13:42:05 CEST 2009

The Netherlands Media Art Institute presents:

Cory Arcangel
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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1016 EV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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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