On a bowl

The dude – Jeff Bridges’ character in the 1998 Coen brothers’ film The Big Lebowski – would be all over the next exhibition at London’s Barbican Art Gallery.

The film’s laid-back, bowling-obsessed protagonist would be right at home in the surreal landscape of Beat the Champ, which features work by Brooklyn-based media artist Cory Arcangel inspired by 14 bowling video games from the 1970s to the present.

Cory Arcangel, Self Playing Sony Playstation 1 Bowling, 2008, Handmade hacked Sony Playstation 1 controller and video game system
Cory Arcangel, Self Playing Sony Playstation 1 Bowling, 2008, Handmade hacked Sony Playstation 1 controller and video game system

Arcangel, whose work often features and subverts material from video games, computer software and the Internet, has created an installation and sound collage that loops scoreless bowling games from a number of different iconic games makers.

Cory Arcangel

Source: Courtesy of the artist and Team Gallery

Cory Arcangel, Japanese Driving Game, 2004 Handmade hacked Nintendo Famicom cartridge and game system

From the abstract – and slightly trippy – Atari, to trademark bleeps from Nintendo and the more realistic simulations from Playstation, the electronic roar should be pretty impressive.

Let’s just hope they’re serving White Russians in the bar.

Cory Arcangel
Cory Arcangel

Beat the Champ runs at The Curve, Barbican Art Gallery, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2 from10 February – 22 May 2011

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