Errors and Omissions
3 November 2023 – 31 January 2024
2/F, 27 Huqiu Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Lisson Gallery is delighted to present Errors and Omissions, Cory Arcangel's highly anticipated second show in Shanghai, following his 2019 solo exhibition, Topline, at CC Foundation. This thought-provoking exhibition is curated as a focused survey of the artist's work, showcasing a diverse array of multimedia projects that span video games, single-channel video, inkjets, and industrially-coated aluminum 'paintings.' Arcangel employs cutting-edge techniques, including AI, machine learning, and machine code, to push the boundaries of art and technology.
Cory Arcangel, Modded Tetris game cartridge, 2004
Super Slow Tetris (2004): In a mesmerizing twist, Arcangel hacks an original copy of the Nintendo Entertainment System game Tetris, slowing it down to the extent that it takes nearly a day for a group of blocks to fall to the bottom of the screen. This unique reinterpretation of a classic game remains playable while offering a captivating new experience.
/roʊˈdeɪoʊ/ Let’s Play: HOLLYWOOD (2021): In a modern take on extended gameplay, Arcangel introduces a bespoke Deep-Q machine-learning super computing system to play the casual Android game 'Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.' This captivating 3-hour single-channel screen capture video, recorded on December 14, 2021, provides an engaging commentary on celebrity culture and digital entertainment.
Things I Made: In this new series, Arcangel transforms various webpages from coryarcangel.com into prints on paper, incorporating pages ripped from an HP Deskjet 2710e manual. These prints serve as a retrospective, tracking Arcangel's creative journey over the past two decades. Notable works like Photoshop Gradient and Smudge Tool Demonstration (2007) and Self-Playing Nintendo 64 NBA Courtside 2 (2011) take center stage, demonstrating his evolution as an artist.
Alus: Diamond Plate (2023): The exhibition concludes with a remarkable floor installation and a series of aluminum paintings called Alus. These pieces feature abstract shapes and signatures cut by a robotic CNC fiber laser cutting machine, offering finishes reminiscent of Apple's product lines for both casual and professional users. Industrially painted in hot pink, each work is unique, with inspiration drawn from the iconic tracksuit motif, a long-standing interest of Arcangel.
About Cory Arcangel:
Cory Arcangel, born in Buffalo, NY in 1978 and currently residing in Stavanger, Norway, is a multi-faceted artist, composer, curator, and entrepreneur. His work explores the potential and failures of both old and new digital technologies, emphasizing their obsolescence, humor, aesthetic attributes, and their intriguing influence on contemporary life. Arcangel employs a semi-archaeological approach to investigate the structural language of video games, software, social media, and machine learning, treating them as both subject matter and medium. Notable works in his extensive portfolio include Totally Fucked (2003), Permanent Vacation (2008), Drei Klavierstücke op.11 (2009), Working on my Novel (2009), Various Self Playing Bowling Games (2011), and Flatware (2018-). His most recent and ongoing projects include Worldbuilding: Gaming and Art in the Digital Age, exhibited at renowned institutions worldwide.