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Breaking & Entering: Art and the Video Game


PaceWildenstein (22nd Street)
545 West 22nd Street, 212-989-4258
December 9, 2005 - January 28, 2006
Reception: Friday, December 9, 7 - 10 PM
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Featuring: Cory Arcangel, Brody Condon, Jon Haddock, JODI, Paper Rad, RSG and Eddo Stern.

An exhibition of work by seven artists working in the digital medium. The digital is a realm that has only just begun to be explored, and the artists represented here are the first to have broken into this new space. Treating the video game as a primary visual expression of the digital, they make use of the skills they honed as players to disrupt, reorganize and rewrite the visual surface in novel ways. For each artist and group, breaking becomes a way of entering.

Composed of large-scale installations and projections, the exhibition space will be transformed into an inhabitable gamespace. Here, observers become players and video games an entryway into the ever-expanding domain of the digital.

Included in the exhibition will be a new multi-channel installation by Cory Arcangel as well as Bomb Iraq, a found game piece that marks a departure in his work. JODI will present a life-size quad screen installation celebrating the chaos and beauty of play as process. Brody Condon’s ethereal projection traps multiple figures of Elvis in a pink-hued death dance, and Eddo Stern’s Deathstar, a narrative of internet games in which various acts of violence are committed against Osama bin Laden, offers a display of the violent underpinnings of nationalism. The entire series of Jon Haddock’s Screenshots will be on display as will a new work by RSG, mapping the player’s impossible path through the terrain of World of Warfare. An installation by the collective Paper Rad, peopled with characters grabbed from sprite sheets, will allow viewers entry into a free-standing funhouse wallpapered with moving images and posters.

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