Cory Arcangel, MIG 29 Soviet Fighter Plane and Clouds, 2005, installed at Art Basel 2017
Installation, 2 hacked Nintendo Entertainment System game cartridges, 2 Nintendo Entertainment System game consoles, artist software
MIG 29 Soviet Fighter Plane and Clouds is Arcangel's first work intentionally made to be an installation. It features imagery from two hacked NES cartridges. The work is now on display at Art Basel.
‘This work is a hack of an early 90s video game in which you are a Soviet Fighter Jet asked to go on bombing missions in the Middle East. Usually in these games you are an American pilot; here it’s a role reversal. The game was produced by CAMERICA which was a bootleg Nintendo game-making company. This could very well be the reason the content is a bit unorthodox. For this hack, I singled out the plane from the intro screen of the game, and programmed a new cartridge with just that, and then stole the clouds from later in the game, and made another cartridge which just has those. I made this project to be an installation: meaning, it kinda has to be set up with a bunch of projectors to make any sense. All of my other hacks were made for my website and then retrofitted for gallery installation." (Cory Arcangel, source: Art Basel)
This was eventually remixed in 2016...
Cory Arcangel , Mig 29 Soviet Fighter Plane, Clouds and OSX, 2016, installed at Lisson GalleryMig 29 Soviet Fighter Plane and Clouds (2005) Nintendo Entertainment System .nes Roms, Two Macminis running OS X, Nintendo emulators (Open Emu), variable multi-channel presentation