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Cory Arcangel: Brooklyn’s preeminent pop art prankster hijacks DHC/ART

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Cory Arcangel: Brooklyn’s preeminent pop art prankster hijacks DHC/ART

Cory Arcangel may well have one of the catchiest names on the contemporary art circuit today, but thankfully, this 35-year-old’s playful and subversive body of work merits even more attention. For over a decade, the multidisciplinary Arcangel has been fascinated by technological obsolescence and the ephemeral nature of cultural objects. Montreal’s DHC/ART recently unveiled Power Points, his first major Canadian exhibition, and it’s an eminently entertaining survey of open-source computer culture, assorted pop culture detritus and the twisted ways in which we interact with and relate to technology.

Among the highlights are an I Shot Andy Warhol arcade-style shooting game with Warhol as the baddie and Colonel Sanders and Flavor Flav as the good guys; a painstakingly catalogued, 839-strong trance vinyl collection entitled AUDMCRS Underground Dance Music Collection of Recorded Sound, which visitors are invited to tamper with, and Photoshop Gradient Demonstrations, a series of brightly coloured, abstracted prints produced with a mere click of Photoshop’s gradient tool, and on view in a room covered in stomach-churning purple carpet. NIGHTLIFE.CA recently spoke with Arcangel about the MoMA’s embrace of video games, the “Decline of Western Civilization” and hacking as art.


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