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MIG 29 Soviet Fighter Plane and Clouds

© Cory Arcangel

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MIG 29 Soviet Fighter Plane and Clouds

© Cory Arcangel

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

MIG 29 Soviet Fighter Plane and Clouds

© Cory Arcangel

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Cory Arcangel

American, born 1978

MIG 29 Soviet Fighter Plane and Clouds, 2005

two handmade hacked Nintendo cartridges, two game systems, and multichannel presentation

Edition: 5/5

dimensions variable

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

General Purchase Funds, 2006

2006:11a-d

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Class

Video art
Projections

Work Type

Video art
Projection (visual work)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

To create MIG 29 Soviet Fighter Plane and Clouds, Cory Arcangel hacked into MiG-29: Soviet Fighter, a flight combat simulation video game released in 1989 for home computer systems. The artist cut and pasted graphics of scrolling clouds and a jet that flies in a never-ending loop from the game into two altered Nintendo cartridges. The result is a work that captures something of the absurd, passive ennui of watching others play video games, transforming the game’s simulated acts of violence into a banal, if strangely compelling, repetitious image.

For nearly a decade and a half, Arcangel has devoted his practice to willfully disregarding the conventional wisdom that alterations to existing digital products and services ought to only improve their functionality or efficiency. Instead, his interventions force a consideration of the way new technologies become seamlessly integrated into contemporary life, only to quietly disappear a short time later as victims of planned obsolescence.

Label from Screen Play: Life in an Animated World, June 20–September 13, 2015

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