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Posted on: October 30, 2016

So shines a good deed in a weary world

So pleased that tonight(!!!!!) is the US premiere of my 2014 longform documentary (and one of my proudest thingz made this 2010’s), So shines a good deed in a weary world. It’s part of an Anthology Film archives series called, “THE MEDIUM IS THE MASSACRE”, and is screening along with Gabriadze’s UNFRIENDED. Says anthology here:


A special double feature encompassing the U.S. premiere of recent work by artist Cory Arcangel and one of the most innovative horror films of the last decade. (Arcangel screens first followed by UNFRIENDED, without intermission.)

Cory Arcangel
2014, 93 min, digital
Named after a line from WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY – whose star Peter Ostrum turns up on a video on the Dunkin’ Donuts YouTube channel handing out free coupons to DC metro riders – this is a deadpan anthropological exploration of the Dunkin’ Donuts digital marketing apparatus in the form of a feature-length screen capture desktop documentary. Moving with structural precision through Dunkin’ Donuts’s website, YouTube channel, Vine, and Twitter, SO SHINES is a kind of DIY archival project documenting the ephemeral promotional literature that corporations are so quick to expunge, and also a wry and frequently hilarious commentary on how 21st century marketing leverages manifold new platforms, genres, consumers, and pseudo-celebrities to make its pitch. Highlights include an awkward promotional interview with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and a stomach churning Google Hangout-hosted #DDTOPCHEF cooking contest, in which aspiring chefs compete to make the tastiest (and most bizarre) Dunkin’-inspired recipes like “Desert Nachos” (“Donuts are my favorite food, nachos are my other favorite food… How can you go wrong?”) As Arcangel writes, “SOOOOOOOO DARK!” Terrifying indeed.

Levan Gabriadze
2014, 83 min, 35mm
Created entirely from a seemingly unedited desktop capture, UNFRIENDED is an innovative pop horror film about a group of friends connected via Skype, Facebook, and iChat while seemingly harassed by the malevolent digital presence of their deceased friend, formerly the popular but deeply disliked queen bee of her class. Her suicide, captured on Live Leak, followed an anonymous YouTube upload of embarrassing footage. As the five friends are held hostage by the invasive digital presence, questions of culpability and loyalty drive a wedge between them amid sadistic psychological games – and gruesome deaths. UNFRIENDED gets major likes for the authenticity of its digital environment and the keenly observed minutiae of communication (the fits, starts, and deletions, the glitchy buffering, and the anxious anticipation of seeing “Laura is typing…”). Few films so effectively, gleefully, and unpretentiously convey the concerns of so much “post-internet” art – and if things couldn’t get stranger, the director is none other than Georgian Levan Gabriadze, the fiddle player in 1986 Soviet sci-fi cult classic KIN-DZA-DZA!

Posted on: October 10, 2016

Files @ Badlands

​Sooooooo pumped 2 be a part of the Badlands “Files’ series. In short, Bandlands is publishing “files”, not artworks, not writing, but files. Out of my 750,000 currently littering my RAID, I have published a small TXT file from never finished project of mine from 2006 ... so peep the site for more info. Also def wroth it r the other projects by Paul Chan & Martine Syms. YAS!

Posted on: September 14, 2016

Arcangel Surfware at NYABF 2016

Nu book, nu gear, peep PR below, c u there!———>

Arcangel Surfware at NYABF 2016

MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue on 46th Avenue, Long Island City, NY
Reading and Signing: Saturday, September 17, 1–2pm

Preview: Thursday, September 15, 6–9pm
September 16–18, 2016

Arcangel Surfware is pleased to announce our participation in the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 this weekend, where we’re premiering a new “FUCK NEGATIVITY” line and a new book, both **exclusively** available only at the Book Fair!

“FUCK NEGATIVITY”, the theme and title of our 2015 and 2016 collections, is inspired by Arcangel’s iconic 2014 sculptural work, Going Negative / Lakes. The work—part of the artist’s “Lake” series—is a sculpture consisting of a flat-screen television turned on its side displaying the phrase “FUCK NEGATIVITY”. The phrase has been mirrored by the Java applet “lake,” which creates a shimmering, seemingly liquid reflection along a horizontal axis.

Whereas our 2015 inspiration sat somewhere between suburban mall goth and self-help, the 2016 “FUCK NEGATIVITY” collection is an inverse of last year’s, with a focus on freshness. The collection, displayed within a new installation of Cory Arcangel’s Dump Bin series, as seen at Art Basel Miami, Team Gallery, 2016, includes our newest take on our signature slides, sweats, hoodies, and tees. Get yours before they sell out!

Also, hot off the press is The Source Digest, a paperback collection of Issues #1–10 of The Source (2006–), an ongoing archival zine project1 of annotated computer source code from Cory Arcangel’s software-based works from the past 15 years. The 172 page book—designed by Gil Gentile—features black foil stamp on uncoated stock—sick! While Issues #1–8 will be individually available, The Source Digest includes the two newest issues which are currently only available in this book!

To celebrate its release, Cory Arcangel will read from The Source Digest on Saturday, September 17 from 1–2pm in The Classroom, followed by a book signing. Come meet the author!

You can read more about The Source + the larger story of software preservation in a brilliant essay by Dragan Espenscheid, “The Storage Is You” formatted in a rich text document for easy de-coding!

——> available here.

Designed by Cory Arcangel in partnership with Bravado, the global music merchandising company, Arcangel Surfware, is a publishing and merchandise imprint aimed toward content creators of all ages.

Hope to c u there!


Preview Thursday, September 15, 6-9 pm
Friday, September 16, 1-7pm
Saturday, September 17, 11am-9pm
Sunday, September 18, 11-am-7pm

1. All zines are produced with 300-year archival inks and papers. ✔

Posted on: August 19, 2016

Asymmetrical Response @ Western Front

Since their first meeting on the eve of Y2K, Stuttgart-based, Russian-born Olia Lialina and the American Cory Arcangel have been influencing and responding to each other’s work and their digital environment through many means and formats. Collaborating for the first time, the work in Asymmetric Response takes as its subject how hardware and software correlate to power: personal, bureaucratic or algorithmic.

In January 2017, this exhibition will tour to The Kitchen in New York.

Posted on: May 13, 2016


​started a run of solo exhibitions in 2014. last show in that run is next week. currentmood @ Lisson Gallery. press release below. come thru! gonna be chaos. update 05/14: the soundtrack to the show (Native Instruments Massive white noise filtered and side chained to a sampled 909 kick via Ableton Live) is here.

A technological exploration of obsession and obsolescence underlies all the works in ‘currentmood’, Cory Arcangel’s second solo show at Lisson Gallery London. Reflecting the temporal nature of web-based culture and the American artist’s own transient interests, the new works in this exhibition present something like a ‘listicle’ image dump self-portrait of Arcangel (who often shares his browsing habits on social media via the hashtag #currentmood).

The exhibition takes place at Lisson Gallery London and extends online through an advertising campaign. IRL (Internet slang for “In Real Life”), at 27 Bell Street, new works are presented, created via a variety of media and drawn from a variety of sources, including scans of Ibiza flyers, tracksuits and magazines; default Photoshop image effects; commercial and cell phone photography; low-res screen captures, as well as emulations and re-prints of earlier works by the artist. Encountered within the forum of the exhibition, these are each given equal billing and size despite their varying subject matters and the relative renown of their production methods within the artist’s oeuvre.

Online, the artist will run a series of ads for the show which will appear dispersed across the Internet as ‘promoted content’. In this context, ‘currentmood’ takes the equanimity of Internet culture as its template, embracing the radical disjunctions, open sensibility and non-hierarchical stance in its advances. Arcangel is concerned with the democratization of his own art: by exhibiting the same image both IRL in a white cube and online as ‘click bait’; in the leveling of cultural value, despite variance of image quality; and in his adherence to open source culture (evidenced especially in work titles that double as instructions to make them oneself).

Arcangel’s innumerable ideas and projects spin from the duality of technological evolution: its dazzling opportunities and fast oblivion to the scrap heap. In hijacking popular software or web technology – such as the Java applet ‘lake’ that was much used at the end of the last millennium – Arcangel is attentive to collective memories, celebrating their outmoded aesthetics while interrogating their cultural moment. Kitsch, tacky or banal graphics and images are wryly incorporated into a dialogue that incorporates art history, literature and music. “I’m not taking sides with almost anything,” Arcangel has said. “For me, to see how these things change is my interest.” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Posted on: April 28, 2016


​2 dayz left 2 c my show (ish) @ Team Gallery. If u r into shows which r almost not shows, digital drum machines, and claps on the off beats, this one iz 4 u. Oh yah, vid and write up here. Pz!

Posted on: November 26, 2015


Hey All,

I’m releasing a nu line of stuff nxt week on Cyber Monday over at Arcangel Surfware. Press release below.




Designed by Cory Arcangel in partnership with Bravado, the global music merchandising company, the Arcangel Surfware 2015 “Fuck Negativity” collection consists of dog tags, a limited edition trench coat, lighters, “brah” style sliders, and – what are now considered the brand’s trademarks – loose fitting sweats and hoodies.

All items are inspired by Arcangel’s iconic 2014 sculptural work, Going Negative / Lakes. The work – part of the artist’s “Lakes” series – is a sculpture consisting of a flat-screen television turned on its side displaying the phrase “FUCK NEGATIVITY”. The phrase has been mirrored by the Java applet “lake,” which creates a shimmering, seemingly liquid reflection along a horizontal axis.

Somewhere between suburban mall goth and self-help, the line is aimed towards content creators of all ages. Items from the line will be debuted on Cyber Monday, November 30th, 2015, on Arcangel Surfware dot com, with additional items released throughout December.

When asked to comment, Arcangel added, “This new line represents a leap forward for the brand. The bright colors might be gone, but what definitely remains is the positive attitude. I wanted to make a line of ‘inspirational’ products for today’s gravers – mal(l)ware so to speak. I was thinking of all the former MySpace ’scene’ enthusiasts who now work at – perhaps – startups. Maybe Aeron chairs are involved. I’m not sure. Anyway, this line is for them. In conclusion … life is nothing but a never ending up-hill battle. It’s important to keep your head up and moving forward. Gotta stay on it. Let’s do this. FUCK NEGATIVITY.”

The price point for items in the Arcangel Surfware FUCK NEGATIVITY collection range from $4.95 – $199.95.

Launched in 2014, Arcangel Surfware is a merchandise and publishing imprint created and designed by fine artist Cory Arcangel. The project was recently called “a lifestyle brand, of sorts” byArtspace and “an undergrad’s dream” by W magazine. As Fast Company noted, “Sure, Arcangel Surfware sounds bizarre, but stranger things have existed … so let’s see how this goes.”

Cory Arcangel is a Brooklyn-based fine artist (b. 1978, Buffalo, NY) who makes work in a wide range of media, including composition, video, modified video games, performance, and the Internet. Recent exhibitions include: “Be the first of your friends” at Espace Louis Vuitton München, Munich, Germany (2015), & “This is all so crazy, everybody seems so famous” at Galleria d‘Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo (2015). His work is included in many public collections, including the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, MoMA in New York, the Tate in London, Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington D.C., and the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zürich.

For press inquiries, please contact info AT arcangelsurfware DOT biz

photo: Sasha Maric

Posted on: November 10, 2015

Screen-agers, Tall Boys, and Whales

Have I mentioned I’ve spent the last few years dressing up pool noodles? No? Well, let me elaborate ... I’ve spent the last few years dressing up pool noodles. It’s a new sculpture series called Screen-agers, Tall Boys, and Whales. And, Ive finally gotten around to uploading pics of them on this site. DEF CHECK. They r my nu vibes.

Pictured above:
Raw Youth, 2014, Foam pool noodles, wristband, tailored Bravado Justin Bieber Vertical Hoodie, Skullcandy headphones, Apple iPod classic and charger, Apple iPhone 5 case, Skrillex “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites” MPEG-1 Audio Layer III file

Posted on: September 15, 2015

Arcangel Surfware @ NYABF / Ps1

The New York Art Book Fair
MoMA PS1, 2-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY
Arcangel Surfware: Booth C19, Ground floor
September 17-20, 2015

​Awwwwww yah! I am really really happy to say that Arcangel Surfware will have a booth / exhibition at the 2015 Printed Matter Art Book Fair! ~~~~~

Some background: so ... as you prolly know / guessed, for the last 15 years, I have made a ton of software based artwork. That is, artwork which is the result of software being run. But, after 15 years of HD’s, poor version control, lost computers, etc, etc, I had a mess on my hands. So, a few years ago, I started – with the generous support of the Creative Capital Foundation – the long, difficult, and annoying process of sifting though all my hard drives and figuring out just what I had been up to since 2000. One (un-intended) result of that was actually this website, and the other (very much intended) was a series of zines I have started publishing (under the umbrella of Arcangel Surfware) called “The Source”.

“The Source” is a series of archival IRL magazines published in issues. Each issue is dedicated to a different software project of mine, and contains: a re-printing of that software’s source code, as well as fairly detailed (though admit-ably sometimes abstract) footnotes about the project’s history. Currently there are 8 issues, but eventually, every single software work of mine will be mirrored by a magazine. To me, these magazines represent the “master” copy of these projects. They are backwards complete as well, you could type them in your machine, and get my original work. LOL.

And , even more to the point, this weekend at the Printed Matter Art Book fair, Arcangel Surfware will be selling the first 8 issues (issues 6,7 & 8 are new!). Also, I will be showing some of the actual works ref’d in the zines, ... I Shot Andy Warhol, Hello World Woreforms, etc, etc. In other words BIG STUFF!

And, last but def not least, you can read about the source - as a concept, in an insanely coherent & beautiful essay by Dragan Espenschied formatted as a rich text format doc here.

DEF C U THERE. But if you are not in NYC no worries, I got you. You can buy the zines here, or download them as PDF’s here.

Sorry for all the TXT :/