BoydsBrain – Appropriation and the New Art Education

Still from “Super Mario Clouds” by Cory Arcangel – “a digital artist who lives and works in Brooklyn. His work is concerned with the relationship between technology and culture, and with media appropriation.  Arcangel’s best known works are his NINTENDO game cartridge hacks and reworkings of obsolete computer systems of the 70’s and 80’s.”

A latest blog entry (re-posted below) from Andy Heck Boyd is a good inside glimpse of not only what’s been swirling  around boyds brain as of late, helping to inspire and self educate through the exploration of both past and current experiments;  but also how one experiences online art in a way one experiences gallery art, in the sense of that “feel” you can still get when you come across a particular work from your computer screen that does it for you.

He starts out by bringing attention to recent  simple appropriation from video games to popular animation, which both receive viewer comments from: “What an utterly lazy piece of pretentious garbage” to the usual “this is just awful”.  Boyd shines his own light on the works.

Finally he concludes with the online site source, which it seems he has discovered just recently.  What is interesting here is his admittance of “lack of art education”, and the effort to have to dig everything up.  But really a site like ubu, and the internet in general, can far surpass most kinds of traditional art education.  The key as he put it, is having to dig it all up;  i.e applying the time and effort, not towards an institution classroom (and the mountain of debt required to enter such a classroom), but rather an individual learning, taking the time and patience to do so and reaping the reward of surprise as a result.


Fine Art Film Note may/10   -Heck Boyd-

i think the video i think of the most the past few weeks is ‘clouds’ by cory arcangel,

Makes me smile and excited, because its fairly new discovery for me. Very simple effective. very different in opening new ways of looking at video making. i like moving pictures, just pictures brought to life with motion in specific viewing areas (tvs/computers), to put it simply. it doesnt have to be anything, just something that challenges me at how i look at the medium. push things forward.
bart the general series done by famicon is another personal favorite ive been obsessed with lately. i have downloaded the six separate episodes off youtube and have edited them and burned to dvd as one 42 minute movie.
peter gidal, who ive never heard of until today seems to have blown my mind with a feature he did in 1967 called ‘upside down feature’, where the whole film is upside down. this is very exciting, ill watch it tonight.
a site i found while looking for paper rads other video works. its a media art site, poetry, film and video, music etc. well i found the paper rad videos, i think four of them. trash talking, dr doo in fucland, smells like burnt speaker, p-unit mixtape, and super mario brothers movie. i snapped them up for my collection. then i perused around and discovered hundreds of fine art filmmakers from the last century into this one, and its mind boggling what i’ve found so far. and i’ve only looked at a dozen different people at random, so it will be extremely interesting to see what else is there.

i’ve never really had a good art education, so i am not fully aware of any other major artists, i have to dig to find them. which is fine, its a new surprise when you discover something! so this site is also a great find if you are into film as fine art, as opposed to hollywood which isn’t experimental in the least bit. anyways

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