Tuesday, 22 December 2009
Cory Arcangel (born 1978) is a digital artist who lives and works in Brooklyn. His work is concerned with the relationship between technology and culture, and with media appropriation. Basically he uses and abuses technology like PC’s, Gameboys, SNES’, email, etc, etc to make art. If you think of him as a sculptor whose medium is little chunks of 8-Bit Nintendo data you are getting close to understanding what he does.
Being of a similar age to Cory Archangel it was easy for the RWC crew to relate to his work. At the Frieze Art Fair Cory displayed a video diptych. Both projections were hooked up to Super Nintendo’s with one running a hacked Super Mario Brothers cart where everything was erased except the scrolling clouds. The other SNES (to the left) was running a hacked F-14 cart that was displaying an F-14 jet fighter flying off into the infinite clouds of Mario Brothers (to the right). This work had instant appeal aesthetically and conceptually to the RWC crew. It was relevant in so may ways, at the time the use of a fighter jet flying continuously and going nowhere at the same time was a great metaphor for the Gulf War.
If you read about Cory Archangel on the net or hunt down his videos on Youtube you will notice that many people will have beef with what he is doing. The hardcore computer hackers are not impressed by what is simply code re-writing and don’t really understand it in an art context and the traditional art world crowd just think he’s a computer nerd who likes to tinker with no substance to back it up. Like Jeff Koons you are never too sure what side of the fence he is on, genius or phoney, art history maker or chancer? Here are some of our favourite comments from some of Cory’s youtube videos…
“Nice try angel, up to your old tricks. Creating absolute bullshit crap and then trying to pass it off as art. It sickens me to read your interviews and hear all the Artsy journolist trying to describe˛ˇ how "New" and "fresh" your art is. It's shit... and I would love to see you try getting through art school. You don't hold a dim candle to most of the art a first year student creates. You are all Hype, and nothing more. A faker, and you know it too..Am I supposed to take this video seriously?”
“this has go to be˛ˇ a joke/!?”
“I'm not impressed. "Hacking" a Nintendo - basically, breaking a few lines of code here and there - not impressive. And then taking that and setting it to music? Not impressive either. Is this art? Yes. But does it suck? ˛ˇ Yes.”
“Actually his bullshit is the art. Where as some artists make bullshit and pass it for art he kinda just laughs and says it is bull shit, which then makes it an inside to every one. So really he is not so bull shit. I like some of the stuff, some of it is meh, but I˛ˇ mean he produces a ton of work you cant really fault the guy.”
“wow, this is˛ˇ really uninteresting work. i get the motivation, but not much intelligence or inspiration exhibited here.”
It is not only this Andy Kaufman style public debate of whether Arcangel is legit that appeals to the RWC crew, obviously growing up in the 80’s and 90’s we had first hand experience discovering and playing with the tools of his trade, and so Cory Arcangel’s experiments are easy to relate to. What is interesting about his work, which often perpetuates the ‘genius or phoney, art history maker or chancer’ argument is the fact that he rarely has any idea of how the equipment he is using actually works.
“I have such a hard time with Photoshop 7 and can barley accomplish anything with it. It’s always telling me some layer is locked or needs to be rastered or whatever there is. Half of the time the things I am trying to accomplish don’t happen cause I am so stupid and bad at it. I am serious here, but I can’t figure out how to draw a line. I don’t think I have the right “line module” so every time I try to draw a line it comes an arrow. And when I try to switch the line preset it says I only have the arrow available.”
One of his more recent works gives you instructions on how to make it in Photoshop eliminating the role of the artist completely, again Arcangel and Koons have this in common, just watch this video of Koons’ studio, I bet he hasn’t gotten paint on his shiny sneakers since 1986. In fact Cory Arcangel tells you how to make most of his work on his website.
This work addresses the role of technology in determining the way that viewers appreciate art. The medium determines the outcome, not the artist. His Adult Contemporary exhibition work uses many of these themes, this is what he had to say about it…
"Imagine me buying some video equipment off of eBay, turning it on, pressing some random buttons, and then calling whatever comes out my ‘work.’ This mind-set is the spirit of Adult Contemporary. In contrast to some of my older work, which exercised a somewhat subversive use of modern digital tools, the pieces in this show are inspired by the idea of using technology exactly as it was designed, although in a manner best described as ‘non-expert.’ What if the possibility of using a system poorly in an uneducated manner were celebrated? What if I, as an artist, attached my name to the aesthetics of different eras of technology without really bothering to do my homework or even reading the manual (so to speak)?”
Arcangel's work has appeared in many museums, including MOMA, The Whitney Biennial, The New Museum and the MCA Chicago among others. So with all these credentials he must be doing something right, right? Well the mainstream art world are taking him seriously but is he just tagging them along? He does consider himself a ‘comedian’ according to his own website. OK, the RWC crew have decided where Archangel sits in the art world, is he a chancer or a genius? Either way whether he is a chancer or a genius we are glad we purchased one of his F1 landscape prints for $26 years ago because you sure as hell can’t buy them for that now.
Monday, 21 December 2009
The RWC crew are fans for a couple of reasons…
- In 1991, he married Italian-born pornography star Cicciolina (Ilona Staller) who for five years (1987–1992) pursued an alternate career as a member of the Italian parliament. His Made in Heaven series of paintings, photographs, and sculptures portrayed the couple in explicit sexual positions and created even more controversy.
- Critics are sharply divided in their views of Koons. Some view his work as pioneering and of major art-historical importance. Others dismiss his work as kitsch: crass and based on cynical self-merchandising.
Koons studied painting at art school and after college, he worked as a Wall Street commodities broker while establishing himself as an artist. He gained recognition in the 1980s and subsequently set up a factory-like studio in a SoHo loft on the corner of Houston and Broadway in New York. It was staffed with over 30 assistants, each assigned to a different aspect of producing his work—in a similar mode as Andy Warhol's Factory only with less drugs and drop-outs.
Koons' work has sold for huge amounts of cash. In 2001, one of his three Michael Jackson and Bubbles porcelain sculptures sold for $5.6 million. On November 14, 2007, a magenta Hanging Heart, one of five in different colors, sold at Sotheby's New York for $23.6 million becoming, at the time, the most expensive piece by a living artist ever auctioned.
A couple years back the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) announced plans to build a Jeff Koons sculpture called "Train": a 70-foot tall replica of a 1943 Baldwin hanging from a 161-foot-tall construction crane. The train would sound its horn, spin its wheels and puff smoke from its smokestack at regular intervals throughout the day. Estimated to require about $25 million to get built, "Train" will be one of the most expensive works ever commissioned by a museum. Due to the recession the completion date has been pushed back from 2012 to 2014. The RWC crew are not convinced it will get built, but we can live and hope.
Like Takashi Murakami, Koons likes to explore and blur the distinction between low, commercial aesthetics and high art. In 2006 Koons collabed with NYC skate giants Supreme and created a series of 3 limited edition skateboard graphics entitled ‘Monkey Train’.
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
Monday, 7 December 2009
Directed & Filmed by: Candice House and Brian Smith
Edited & Produced by: Vincent Aricco and Michael Matassa
Sound design by: Jimmy Guthrie
Friday, 4 December 2009
The RWC crew captured this video footage on a recent trip to Iran. Break dancing in this video are B-Boy's Shahram Kharchang, Reza Bache, Mehdi Tony and Ahmad Lore. Parachute pants never looked so good. Big up Sam Summerskill (http://www.debutart.com) for the link.
Monday, 30 November 2009
The brand new, all singing, all dancing, porn fest that is the RWC website is now live and waiting for you to play with it. Designed and made by Rost and the Wrong Brothers, It has hundreds of secret buttons so don't be scared to explore it.... http://www.readerswivescollective.com
Sunday, 29 November 2009
Thursday, 26 November 2009
The RWC crew have been huge Anticon records fans for time now. Over the years we've managed to catch Sole, Dosh, Pedestrian, Telephone Jim Jesus, Why and Subtle live. We'd slowly grown used to the fact that we'd never be able to watch Themselves live due to a split. Recently in Bristol they played and we saw them....Hooray for Anticon.
Saturday, 21 November 2009
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Check this great stop motion animation that they have made to promote the exhibition....
You can play spot the shinebox.
For more info check out their website...
Thursday, 12 November 2009
Check out her latest project, it rules...
In October 2009, NYC artist Swoon and five friends came to Portland, Maine, and transformed SPACE Gallery into a playful, dreamlike, earth-hued environment. This video shows the installation process and the opening reception of this breathtaking show, and gives a glimpse into the artists' visions that inspired their work.
DISTANCE DON'T MATTER
SPACE Gallery, Portland, Maine
10.15.2009 - 12.18.2009
A collaborative art installation by Swoon, Monica Canilao, Conrad Carlson, Ryan C Doyle, Ben Wolf, Greg Henderson, and friends.
For more info about Swoon, SPACE Gallery, and the DISTANCE DON'T MATTER show, please visit http://space538.org/
To hear more music by Pine Smoke Lodge, who provided the score for this project, please visit http://myspace.com/existentialclothre...
To see more videos by the filmmakers, visit
76 from the RWC crew has a featured mix on Mix Cloud at the moment...
Some people are beefing about not being able to download the mixes on Mix Cloud, if you are a trusty Mac user you can get around this by doing the following...
use Safari, when its buffering go window then activity, copy the biggest file there which is the stream to the mp3 file, go to window again and paste the link into your downloads.
Bob's your uncle. Got around the system.
Now go and enjoy good free music.
Monday, 9 November 2009
By Sam Arthur / UK / 2006, Bertie is in a coma whilst his wife enjoys the high life. Witness the rise and fall of this couple living under the Heathrow airport flight path. Based on a real phenomenon airlines would rather we didn't know about, this film is a little thing with a lot of impact.
Friday, 6 November 2009
BQE - A film by Sufjan Stevens, Photography by Reuben Kleiner and Sufjan Stevens,Music by Sufjan Stevens, Edited by Malcolm Hearn, Rueben Kleiner, and Sufjan Stevens.
Not sure how we missed this one, BQE came out on October 20th.
The CD artwork also features some amazing typography...
Sufjan Stevens is proud to present The BQE, a cinematic suite inspired by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and the Hula-Hoop. Commissioned by Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), The BQE was originally performed in the Howard Gilman Opera House in celebration of the 25th anniversary Next Wave Festival in October of 2007.
The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway is an incidental 12.7 miles of urban roadway built over the course of several decades (1939-1964), spear-headed by the master architect Robert Moses to accommodate for the increase of commercial and commuter traffic in New York City's outer boroughs. The roadway was a painstaking piecemeal project, poorly planned, badly built, and relentlessly encumbered by the obvious obstacles of the era: red tape, neighborhood protests, World War II, and a congested borough whose sequestering layout proved ill-fitting for the automobile. The resulting expressway-a pockmarked, serpentine, congested BQE-has become one of Brooklyn's most notable icons of urban blight. And, for Sufjan Stevens, an object of unmitigated inspiration.
The official album release of The BQE follows nearly two years after its original performance at BAM, providing the songwriter (and his various collaborators) ample time to wrestle out all the thematic incarnations of the project, and to attempt an appropriation of Wagner's Gesamtkunstwerk ("total work"). The resulting album might be best described as a grand creative franchise-incorporating movie, symphony, comic book, dissertation, photography, graphic design, and a 3-D Viewmaster® reel-in which a songwriter's interrogation of one of New York's ugliest landmarks expands athletically to forums and formulas outside of the song itself. In fact, the BQE is everything but a song.
First and foremost, The BQE is a self-made home-movie documentation, exhibiting how all the architectural colors of Brooklyn and Queens are fabulously intersected by this ramshackle artery of highway traffic. Shot renegade style on do-it-yourself film cameras, the animated footage of grid-lock crisscrossing the brick and mortar of Brooklyn flickers and cascades Koyaanisqatsi-style on three simultaneous screens. The 16mm cinematography (heroically shot by Reuben Kleiner on a 1960s Bolex) utilizes time-lapse photography, in-camera editing, slow motion, and post-production mirror effects to transform urban blight into a splendor of graphic compositions.
The BQE is also accompanied by an idiosyncratic musical soundtrack (composed by Stevens for band and chamber orchestra), evoking a romanticized musical choreography of perpetual motion vs. gridlock. Borrowing variously from Gershwin, Terry Riley, Charles Ives, and Autechre (to name a few), the music showcases skittish woodwinds wrestling out impressionist articulation (in 7/8) and imperial brass anthems evoking various incarnations of the music of the automobile.
The BQE further extends its mythology by anthropomorphizing the expressway and its theoretical conceits into a 40-page comic book (cover by Matt Loux, masthead by Christian Acker), in which three extra-terrestrial superhero sisters (Botanica, Quantus, and Electress) use hula-hoops to combat the "the Messiah of Civic Projects," Captain Moses, and his totalitarian social architecture. The comic book, written by Stevens and gorgeously drawn, colored, and inked by longtime friend and collaborator Stephen Halker, visualizes in graphic form many of the political motifs of the movie and soundtrack: mid-century urban theory, modernism, post-modernism, hoop dynamics, and the spiritual practice of Subud.
By incorporating an anachronistic graphic novel, the album utilizes artifacts from the Golden Age of the American highway (1930s-1960s). This also inspired the inclusion of a stereoscopic Viewmaster® reel. Seven 3-D images-also created by Stephen Halker-are meant to accompany the seven movements of The BQE. While an ostensibly gimmicky object of kitsch, the 3-D reel, upon closer inspection, becomes a fitting metaphor for the thematic premises posed by the BQE: its circular geometry mirrors the hula hoop, its numerology (seven divisions) runs parallel to the seven movements of the musical suite, and its historical circumstances shed light on the modernist themes of the album. Originally unveiled at the World's Fair of 1939 in Flushing, Queens, the Viewmaster promoted 3-D panoramic illusions of the American landscape (the Grand Canyon, the Redwoods, New York City, for instance), advertising various tourist destinations as a way to inspire American drivers to boldly go (via automobile and super highway) where no man has gone before. Incidentally, the first portion of the BQE included the Kosciusko Bridge, connecting the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens over Newtown Creek as an efficient means of funneling tourist traffic to the World's Fair. From this reading, the BQE and the Viewmaster reel are odd accomplices in the modernist conspiracy to mobilize Americans nationwide.
Many of these thematic abstractions are rendered as a meandering social treatise-via prose-poem psychobabble liner notes by Sufjan Stevens. In this case, the songwriter borrows from multiple theoretical sources to evoke how the vainglorious battle between the "Artist" and the "Object of Inspiration" ultimately leads to self-absorption, existential exhaustion, and morbid futility in the Finding The Right Metaphor. For Stevens, this metaphor (in its struggle to creatively render an object as irreducible as the BQE) expands into a multitude of forms and figures, like a shape-shifting chimera of infinite significance-resulting in an album that refuses to be just one thing.
The BQE is available as a double-disc format (CD/DVD), which includes the original 16mm/8mm film (in widescreen "triptych" display), the original motion picture soundtrack, a 40-page booklet (with extensive liner notes and photographs), and the stereoscopic image reel (playable in all View-MasterÂ® viewers).
The limited edition vinyl is available as a double gatefold and includes the soundtrack on 180-gram vinyl, a large-scale 32-page booklet with liner notes and photographs, and a black-and-white version of the 40-page Hooper Heroes comic book.
A fully colored version of the comic book is available separately.
If you are unfamiliar with Sufjan Stevens watch this fan-made video for John Wayne Gacy Jr...
..and then read about him on Wikipedia, he's an interesting fella.
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
Trailer for the essential 1992 documentray on the Twist dance craze. If you love anything 60s or dancing this documentary will blow your mind. Directed by Ron Mann and featuring Chubby Checker, Hank Ballard and many more. The film aslo features footage from the temple of the twist The Peppermint Lounge as well as vintage footage from the Whiskey A Go-Go.
The RWC crew love this amazing short film about about a Twist demonstration in 1962 at a Chicago theatre. Joe Cavalier does the best twisting dance here we have ever seen.
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
In 1974 a dance routine where Dee Dee and Louise gyrated on cushions wearing see-through costumes with sequined nipple covers hit up the BBC. This is quite possibly the best thing that has ever happened because of Top of the Pops. Watch it on the clip above at 2mins.
Here are a few more classics Pan's performances...
With Georgie Fame in 1969 doing Seventh Son
1973 Ike and Tina Turner - Nutbush City Limits
The RWC Crew think it is a bit strange that these little hussies now probably enjoy watching Countdown and going to church socials.
Saturday, 31 October 2009
Friday, 30 October 2009
To order soda: http://www.sodapopstop.com/
John Nese is the proprietor of Galcos Soda Pop Stop in LA. His father ran it as a grocery store, and when the time came for John to take charge, he decided to convert it into the ultimate soda-lovers destination. About 500 pops line the shelves, sourced lovingly by John from around the world. John has made it his mission to keep small soda-makers afloat and help them find their consumers. Galcos also acts as a distributor for restaurants and bars along the West Coast, spreading the gospel of soda made with cane sugar (no high-fructose corn syrup if John can avoid it).
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Monday, 26 October 2009
Sunday, 25 October 2009
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
The film, in its one-hour entirety, had its world premiere on Saturday, May 30, in Washington, D.C., at the 43rd annual Association for Recorded Sound Collections conference.
Monday, 19 October 2009
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Saturday, 26 September 2009
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Monday, 21 September 2009
Part investigative journalism, part personal crusade, Vigilante Vigilante is a renegade documentary that jumps directly into the cultural fray over graffiti and illegal street expression. Filmmakers Max Good and Nathan Wollman document their mission to uncover the identity of a prolific anti-graffiti vigilante known as the "Silver Buff." Strangely, the Silver Buff is himself a vandal; he surreptitiously spray paints metallic silver blobs over existing graffiti, almost always doing more damage than was there to begin with.
The film steadily ventures deeper into the world of graffiti and street expression through the eyes of practitioners, opponents, fans, and authorities. Graffiti writers from both coasts give their perspectives on what it means to write and why they do it. The film also profiles three other infamous vigilantes: LA’s “Graffiti Guerilla,” Joe Connolly, New Orleans’ “Gray Ghost,” Fred Radtke, and Portland’s “Silver Circle,” Ron Engman.
Ultimately, Vigilante Vigilante is a unique exploration of the individual drive to express oneself and affect one's environment. Through the passion of its most dedicated detractors and advocates, it is clear that graffiti is much more than just insignificant scrawl on a wall. Whether seen as dangerous, disrespectful, and anarchistic or inspiring, free, and revolutionary, graffiti is anything but unimportant.
Watch the trailer here.
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Saturday, 19 September 2009
If they win he gets to take part again next year...
Friday, 18 September 2009
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Kiki and Rosto
Mop, Lime, Jake and Disco Steve
Nick Brouard and Craig Corlett
Barry Dring and PJ from Too Dazed 2008
Mop and Lime from Too Dazed 2008
Monday, 14 September 2009
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Monday, 7 September 2009
The music at Jersey Live was a bit tosh this year with the highlights being two french bands. Curry and Coco are a Keyboardist and a drummer that play catchy electro indie pop.
Smoke by Curry and Coco
find out more here
The only thing to top Curry and Coco were Gablé, a trio from Caen in France. Hints of The Books and Animal Collective here, well worth checking them out live.
Find out more about them here...
Friday, 4 September 2009
Thursday, 3 September 2009
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
Saturday, 29 August 2009
Kingdom of the unreal but also a higher state of being, ultimately free of the limitations of the material world through the agency of science, technology, and imagination.
SCRATCH PERVERTS x FOREIGN BEGGARS x STIG x DR. SYNTAX x SHLOMO
Peep everyone here:
We are glad to see it's blowing up for RWC hombres, the Foreign Beggars...Even Kanye West has blogged this shit....