Cory Arcangel: Beat the Champ

10 February 2011 - 22 May 2011
The Curve


Times: Open daily 11am-8pm
Open late every Thu until 10pm

Brooklyn-based Cory Arcangel is one of the leading media artists of his generation. He often appropriates, manipulates and subverts new media, including video games, computer software and the internet.

Arcangel's project for The Curve, a co-commission with Whitney Museum of American Art, is an installation featuring 14 bowling video games from the 1970s to the 2000s. Using custom manufactured electronics, Arcangel has hacked each unit to play a loop of a game in which the bowler fails to score. Presented chronologically, the games collectively create a collage of sound from the abstract static of Atari to Nintendo's bleeps and bloops to the more realistic simulation of bowling sounds of recent PlayStation consoles. Arcangel also displays the video game console themselves, each with a small computer chip attached, flickering at one end of the darkened gallery.

Watch The Guardian's private view tour with Cory Arcangel 

It sounds like a noisy arcade and looks, at first, like a potted history of tenpin bowling video games but there is, perhaps, something more existential going on...
Mark Brown,

Want to know who’s going to be the next big thing in the art world? Keep an eye on US leading multi-media artist Cory Arcangel...
TNT Magazine

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