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Cory Arcangel

Cory Arcangel (born 1978) is a digital artist who lives and works in Brooklyn. His work is concerned with the relationship between technology and culture, and with media appropriation.

Arcangel frequently talks about his early collaborations with Paul B. Davis as being very important to the development of his own work. In 1998 they founded BEIGE, a programming ensemble with other friends from Oberlin Conservatory.

Cory's work was featured in the 2004 Whitney Biennial, and has also been exhibited in the Guggenheim Museum and MoMA. His work is in public collections including MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Miami Art Museum. In 2006 Cory was an Honorary Senior Fellow in Eyebeam's OpenLab.

Works

Cartridge hacks

Arcangel's best known projects probably are his Nintendo game cartridge hacks and his subversive reworking of obsolete computer systems of the 70's and 80's.

Some examples of his work are a Mario cartridge from which everything but the clouds has been erased, a version of Tetris that has been drastically slowed down, and "I Shot Andy Warhol," which replaces targets in the shooting game "Hogan's Alley" with images of Pope John Paul II, Flavor Flav, and Andy Warhol.

Arcangel has worked in collaboration with the Paper Rad Art Collective to make Super Mario Movie, a 15 minute video made by replacing the Super Mario Bros. game code with a movie program written by Arcangel. All the graphics were left intact and were used by the movie engine, which tells the story of the game world becoming corrupted and Mario questioning his own existence. The movie debuted at Deitch Projects in New York in 2005.

Music

He is also an electronic musician working with 8-bit music formats on early Atari and Commodore International computers.

In 2007 he made a couple thousand short films about Glenn Gould, using tiny fragments of video, each containing a single note of various instruments (and some performing pets) to create an arrangement of Bach's Variation no. 1 (from the Goldberg Variations)''. To do this, he had to create his own video-editing software.

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