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Cory Arcangel Beams into Without Borders
Wednesday 12 September, 2007
200 Lord Hall
Art World ubergeek Cory Arcangel, a contributor to the exhibition Without Borders IV, discusses his work with U-Me faculty and students in a videoconference at 1pm in 200 Lord Hall.
Best known for an eclectic aesthetic encompassing everything from Domino's Pizza to Rock 'n Roll to hacked Nintendo cartridges, Arcangel reaches deep into the grab-bag of pop culture and pulls out diamonds in the raw.
Forget his recent exhibitions at the Guggenheim, Whitney, and MoMA--Arcangel has been selected for inclusion in U-Me's fourth Without Borders exhibition on the subject of Play, Fast Forward, Rewind. Arcangel's contribution? A Web site where he posted rocker Kurt Cobain's suicide note and invoked Google's context-sensitive AdWords to adorn Cobain's heartfelt message with ads for angel guides and light therapy.
He's also stripped Super Mario Brothers of everything but its clouds, created a Super Slow Tetris for maladroit gamers, and with Michael Frumin built a command-line utility for ordering pizza from Domino's.
Arcangel's irreverent eye reminds us that cyberspace has always been as much trailer park as town hall. Whether it's Geocities in the 1990s or MySpace in the 2000s, tawdry Web sites that embody Arcangel's "Dirt Style" aesthetic vastly outnumber the slick electronic storefronts of dot-coms and other organizational facades.
Wednesday's conference will include a conversation on pop culture as inspiration, high versus low tech, emulation as an artistic technique, and life as a new media artist (or lack thereof).
The teleconference is organized by the Still Water lab of the U-Me New Media Department. For more information contact Jon Ippolito.
IMAGES FROM TOP: Super Mario Brothers Clouds, portrait of Cory Arcangel, a Super Mario Movie poster, and the installation Cat Rave by Arcangel and Frankie Martin.
Updated: 2007-09-11 by Jon Ippolito
Posted 2007-09-10 22:45:04 by Jon Ippolito
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