Talk event: Cory Arcangel and Dr. Omar Kholeif on Internet_Art, and other things
24 May 2023
Friday 2 June, 3:30pm
27 Bell Street
During London Gallery Weekend 2023, Lisson Gallery is pleased to host 'Cory Arcangel and Dr. Omar Kholeif on Internet_Art, and other things'
The ultimate event in their global book tour—Dr. Omar Kholeif has circled the world and back home to London where they are in dialogue with one of their biggest creative influences, artist Cory Arcangel. In this intimate dialogue, Kholeif discusses the impact of Arcangel’s practice on their own work over the last two decades. They will also discuss some of Arcangel’s recent artistic endeavours and consider the influence of the internet on shaping artistic practices today.
The talk will be followed by a book signing with Dr Omar Kholeif, where visitors can purchase copies of their latest publication 'Internet_Art: From the Birth of the Web to the Rise of NFTs'.
Booking is recommended. RSVP via firstname.lastname@example.org
Cory Arcangel is an artist, composer, curator, and entrepreneur living and working in Stavanger, Norway. Arcangel explores the potential and failures of old and new digital technologies, highlighting their obsolescence, humor, aesthetic attributes and, at times, eerie influence in contemporary life. Applying a semi-archeological methodology, his practice explores, encodes, and hacks the structural language of video games, software, social media and machine learning — treating them as subject matter and medium. Notable works include Totally Fucked (2003), a hacked Mario Bros game cartridge where Mario is stuck on a cube forever; Permanent Vacation (2008), where two computers are locked in an out of office email loop; Working on my Novel (2009), a compendium of Twitter search results for “working on my novel”; Flatware (2018-), a series of abstract “paintings” mounted on Ikea tabletops sourced from a diverse range of leisurewear and, /roʊˈdeɪoʊ/ Let's Play: HOLLYWOOD (2017-2021), a custom built high performance machine learning computer which plays, as it learns, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, a free-to-play role-playing Android game.
Dr. Omar Kholeif is an artist, author, filmmaker, publisher, and museum director. They are the curator of over 70 exhibitions, and the author or co-author of over 40 books, which have been translated into 12 languages. Kholeif is the founder and co-director of artPost21, a platform that supports creativity at society's margins. In 2019, they co-curated the 14th Sharjah Biennial: Leaving the Echo Chamber featuring the work of Cory Arcangel, and currently serve as Director of Collections and Senior Curator at Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE. Their monograph, Internet_Art: From the Birth of the Web to the Rise of NFTs (2023), a memoir of a life in art in flux, is published by Phaidon.
Image: Cory Arcangel, ~3.2023.003~2x1.2~E6, 2023, Gold anodized aluminium plate (BWB-Bausilber 2 E6), 200 x 120 cm, 78 3/4 x 47 1/4 in © Cory Arcangel