Here Comes Everybody
30 November 2010 - 28 August 2011
Far from being merely interested in current trends in the entertainment industry and in our everyday use of the Internet, the artist also highlights the rapid obsolescence of technologies and codes. Cory Archangel mixes and matches his works, each time presenting them in a new constellation to each other and applying them in different settings. Depending on the situation, for instance, he combines older and more recent video works with sculptural works, while the material for a music performance may also reappear in a video installation or in an Internet project.
At the heart of this exhibition is the two-screen video installation entitled 'a couple thousand short films about Glenn Gould' from 2007. Compiled from over 1100 individual snippets that the artist downloaded off the Internet and edited using software that he himself devised, we are treated to a video version of the 1st variation from Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations. At a bewildering speed, the images alternate from person to person as each individual plays a completely different instrument, each time performing a single note from Bach's composition. The pianist Glenn Gould used the technique of piecing together various recordings to produce his commercial records, something which Archangel takes here to its humorous extreme.