CORY BEIGE ARCANGEL
Very active in: 2000s, Current decade
Born in 1978. Works with early computers, Internet, and video game systems. Received a B.M. from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Best known for his Nintendo game cartridge hacks and his reworking of obsolete computer systems of the '70s and '80s. Often works with art collective/record label Beige, a loosely defined ensemble of artists and programmers working collaboratively in digital media. Also a member of the collective Radical Software Group (RSG).
Arcangel's work was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. He has also shown his work in New York at The Museum of Modern Art, The New Museum of Contemporary Art and at The Guggenheim Museum, and at the Royal Academy in London. Arcangel was the subject of a one-person exhibition at Zurich's Migros Museum In addition, solo shows are planned for the Vilma Gold Gallery in London and Brandstrom & Stene in Stockholm. A simultaneous exhibition, a collaborative endeavor with the artist group Paper Rad, was presented in SoHo at Deitch Projects from the 15th of January through the 19th of February 2005.
Arcangel, who graduated from Oberlin with a degree in Technology in Music and the Related Arts, came to the artworld through a number of internet based activities. These, in turn, lead to invitations from institutions for lectures and demonstrations, a performative aspect which naturally called for the creation of digital environments. These latter works evolved into stand-alone artworks, frequently exhibited with soundtracks created by Arcangel in collaboration with others, such as Paul B. Davis, a London-based disc jockey. Arcangel is interested in keeping the possibilities of collaboration open, as well as in continuing to reach out to other cultural fields for inspiration, fusing autonomous artworks with temporary and net-based actions. The show at Team, for example, marks the launch of dooogle.com, a search engine which only yields results about Doogie Howser, M.D. Also available is a new piece of software called T.A.C. (Total Asshole Compression), a program which increases the size of any file passed through it.