Freshbuzz – Live Discussion and Q&A with Cory Arcangel
5 August 2020
One in a series of screen-recorded surfs of banal corporate websites — the others being Dunkin' Donuts, OfficeMax, and Starbucks — this mesmerizing, extraordinarily deep exploration of subway.com and its rich interactive assets maps the glut of brand narrative, customer sales-pitch, and even business opportunity which comprise the identity of an "All-American" brand. By the Subway brand's multifaceted digital presence at a particular moment — and notably just before omnipresent spokesperson Jared Fogle's 2015 sex crimes convictions — Freshbuzz both engages concepts of digital archiving, as well as brands' attempts to erase their histories.
This co-presentation follows Rhizome's screening of Arcangel's So shines a good deed in a weary world (dunkindonuts.com) as part of "The Art Happens Here: Net Art's Archival Poetics" at the New Museum in 2018, and Arcangel's inclusion in Net Art Anthology. This same video was also shown in Screen Slate's 2016 series "The Medium is the Massacre" at Anthology Film Archives in a double feature with desktop horror film Unfriended.
The screening will be introduced by Michael Connor, Rhizome Artistic Director, and be followed by a Q&A with the artist, moderated by Ed Halter, film programmer, critic, and cofounder of Light Industry.
Following the broadcast, the stream will be freely available to view on the Screen Slate Twitch channel for one week. For more information visit Screenslate.com
Thursday 6 August at 4PM EST / 9PM BST