Lecture: Cory Arcangel

Lecture: Cory Arcangel

West Hall Auditorium, RPI Campus


One of the world's best known new media practitioners, game-hacker Cory Arcangel is a computer artist whose work is concerned with technology's relationship to culture and the creative process.  In his lecture, Archangel will discuss computer programming, P2P, glockenspiel, Bruce Springsteen, Amiga home computers, 80s video art, and the Discrete Cosine Transform function.

Unable to make the event?  It will be broadcast live via webstream at http://www.arts.rpi.edu/liveStream .

This event is part of the Tools - Analogs and Intersections initiative, a series of events focusing on artists who develop their own electronic and / or digital tools to create video and performance. http://www.empac.rpi.edu/events/2007/customcontrol.html



Genuinely exuberant but mischievously subversive, Cory Arcangel's many performances, artworks, and collaborations are connected by a love of old-school technology. The artist's interest in vintage pixels comes not from nostalgia but with reference to the common language of early video games, ubiquitous graphics, and internet effluvium that so thoroughly dominates our culture.

In Super Mario Movie , which Arcangel made with frequent collaborator Paper Rad, the Italian plumber loses himself in a series of desolate fields, kaleidoscopic clouds, pulsating patterns, and crunktastic beats, all played live off an altered, hand-soldered Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) cartridge. It's perversely funny to watch Mario endure an existential crisis only to find salvation at a psychedelic dance party.

Other works subvert the newest-fastest juggernaut of technological consumption through collage and absurdist juxtapositions. Dooogle.com returns links pertaining only to Doogie Howser, while I Shot Andy Warhol recreates the arcade game Hogan's Alley with Andy, the Pope, Flava Flav, and Colonel Sanders as targets. Colors, currently on view at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York, reduces Dennis Hopper's 1988 movie to a 33-day-long display of moving color bars.

Approaching the light, quick genius of writer Italo Calvino, Arcangel bases his work more on themes of play, psychology, and subversion than technology. He frequently posts hack-your-own instructions detailing his process so that, in theory, you too could make Mario dream of thumping lights and colored music.  http://www.beigerecords.com/cory/

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