Another Romp Across the IP (Times Square Edit) – Times Square Chronicles

“In our age of phones, screens, zooms, etc., I wondered what Times Square — the top of the mountain in today’s media landscape! – would look like if we rewind about 50 years and fill it with images made on a tool built by an artist from the 70s – the Sandin Image Processor. Where would we end up? Could we tell the difference?
— Cory Arcangel

Embodying Arcangel’s signature approach to artistic creation, Another Romp through the IP manipulates analog computer technologies and raw data into visuals that are both striking and nostalgic. Created during a residency at the Alfred State Institute for Electronic Arts (IEA), Arcangel’s original improvisation in this series appeared in his 2011 solo exhibition, Professional tools, at the Whitney Museum. The title of the work references Five minute ride through the IP, a 1973 video made by Sandin in which he explains the possibilities of the instrument. An advocate for education, Sandin has freely published schematics and other documentation of the Sandin Image Processor.

Arcangel’s work often focuses on video games and software for their ability to quickly formulate new communities and traditions and, also, their speed of obsolescence. Reconfiguring web design and hacking as an artistic practice, Arcangel also remains faithful to the open source culture and makes its work and its methods available online, thus superimposing a perpetual questioning as to the value of the art object.

Cory Arcangel is a contemporary American multimedia artist. Best known for his post-internet video art that combines digital schema and contemporary culture, his work explores nostalgia and the shifting boundaries of the online space. It was in 1996, while studying classical guitar at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, that he first had a high-speed internet connection, which inspired him to major in music technology and to start learning to code. Music and coding remain his primary tools for interrogating the stated purpose of software and gadgets. The results can be surprising, funny and poignant, whether in the final form of an installation, a video, a printed medium or a musical composition, in the gallery or on the World Wide Web.

Her notoriety and rave reviews have only grown over her career, highlighted by exhibitions such as ToplineCC Foundation (2019), All the small thingsReykjavik Art Museum (2015), Professional toolsWhitney Museum (2011), beat the champBarbican Art Center (2011), The sharper image Moca Miami (2010), and Nerdzone Version 1 at the Migros Museum (2005).

Lisson Gallery is one of the most influential and oldest international contemporary art galleries in the world. Today the gallery supports and promotes the work of over 60 international artists through two spaces in London, two in New York, one in Shanghai, as well as temporary spaces opening in 2020 in East Hampton and the Mayfair district of London. Founded in 1967 by Nicholas Logsdail, Lisson Gallery pioneered the early careers of important minimalist and conceptual artists, such as Art & Language, Carl Andre, Daniel Buren, Donald Judd, John Latham, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long and Robert Ryman, among many others. He still works with many of these artists as well as others of this generation, from Carmen Herrera to the renowned estates of Leon Polk Smith, Ted Stamm and Roy Colmer.

In its second decade, the gallery introduced major British sculptors to the public for the first time, including Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Anish Kapoor, Shirazeh Houshiary and Julian Opie. Since 2000 the gallery has continued to represent many other leading international artists such as Marina Abramović, Ai Weiwei, John Akomfrah, Susan Hiller, Tatsuo Miyajima and Sean Scully. He is also responsible for raising the international profile of a young generation of artists led by Cory Arcangel, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Ryan Gander, Haroon Mirza, Laure Prouvost, Pedro Reyes and Wael Shawky.

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