The dot-com era infused media art with a heady energy. Hackers, programmers, and tinkerer-revisionists from North America, Europe, and Asia developed a vision of art drawn from the technology of recent decades. Robotic pets, PDAs, and the virtual worlds on the Internet provoked artists to make works with user-activated components and lo-res, game-boy screens. Now that "new media" excitement has waned, an exhibition that illuminates the period is timely. Automatic Update is the first reassessment of its kind, reflecting the artists' ambivalence to art, revealed through the ludicrous, comical, and absurd use of the latest technologies.
Organized by Barbara London, Associate Curator, Department of Media, The Museum of Modern Art.
In conjunction with MoMA's Automatic Update exhibition, PopRally presents an evening of live performances, art, and music with Paper Rad, featuring Cory Arcangel and special guests.
Influenced by 1980s mass media and pop iconography—from Garfield to Gumby to Trolls—Paper Rad (Jessica Ciocci, Jacob Ciocci, and Ben Jones) playfully combines found footage from TV and the Internet with original animations to create utopian, rainbow-filled environments that elicit nostalgia for the throwaway technology and images that have permeated the last two decades.
This event will feature performances by Ben Jones, Cory Arcangel, Slow Jams Band, and DJ Jazzy Jexxx. The artists create a psychedelic landscape where viewers can, at their whim, tune in, tune out, revel, and reflect on the ways in which the "new-media era" of the recent past has changed the way we comprehend art, music, and culture.
Guests of this event are also invited to a special after-hours viewing of the Automatic Update exhibition.
PopRally would like to thank Christiania Vodka, Lagunitas Brewing Co., and Fred for their sponsorship.
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