New media and internet artist Cory Arcangel often appropriates artifacts from earlier digital times for his artwork. In a series of videos, Arcangel hacks cartridges of the original Nintendo game Super Mario Bros., twisting the game’s graphics into surreal reinterpretations.
Quayola is a multimedia artist based in London whose hybrid projects blur the line between photography and animation, the digital and the real. In this video, the artist filmed a cathedral in extreme high resolution, then used custom-programmed algorithms to fracture the image.
Dedicated to legendary filmmaker Jonas Mekas, Korine’s “Curb Dancing” (2011) video feels like opening a trunk in a strange attic to discover an unfinished short story and a dusty music box.
Artist Takeshi Murata is known for making digital works that at first glance might not look like art at all. His abstract videos take an appropriated source, here, a movie clip of a monster rising out of a pool, and distort it into something almost unrecognizable: a free for all of color, pattern and digital noise.
This video for Death Cab for Cutie’s new song was art directed by Shepard Fairey and reveals a lot of the street art maestro’s touch. The mood of the video is subdued and when explaining the concept for the video on his blog Fairey offers some thoughts about street art in general …
It seems fitting to kick off our Videodrome day of art videos with one from Nam June Paik, an early video artist from Korea whose multimedia sculptures and installations challenged the boundaries of art making in the 60s and 70s. Here, check out Paik’s “Electronic Opera #1”.
Today, Hyperallergic will be presenting a series of video clips in something we’re calling Videodrome. Join us for a video journey that will conjure up the bizarre, educational, surreal, manipulative and magical.
Every wondered what the story was behind those bronze sculptures populating the 8th Ave/14th St ACE subway station? In this video, their creator, Tom Otterness, explains that he took the imagery for the sculptures from Gilded Age political cartoons. Too bad the artist is currently in some political hot water himself.
Can a sunset be crowd-sourced? Artist Jasper Elings has done just that with “Sharing a Beautiful Sunset” (2009), a 1 minute video that creates one single ocean sunset from hundreds of disparate images found on Google Images. The resulting video, set to a industrial drone soundtrack, is both poetic found art and intriguing conceptual exercise. As found internet artifacts, the source of Elings’ images is a popular tool for art-making lately, but “Sharing a Beautiful Sunset” succeeds in transcending the banality and kitsch of sunset photos into something much more inspiring.
All art lovers have had those revelatory moments when visual art just blows our minds. It’s surprising, beautiful, provocative, painful, confusing and every kind of emotion at once. I think that’s what the small child in this video is feeling when he wanders into one of Yayoi Kusama’s infinite dot rooms. Also, it’s SO CUTE.
In this 1985 documentary on the artist, made while he was still very much alive, Francis Bacon talks through one of his most iconic works and explains how he makes paintings. The artist also slowly gets very drunk and discusses the beauty of the word “voluptuous.”
Jason Eppink describes himself online as an “Urban Alchemist, Rapid Prototyper, Mischief Maker,” so it should come as no surprise that he stirred things up during his February 24 lecture at the Museum of Arts and Design with a water gun fight.