Castlefield Gallery
Friday, February 8, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
2 Hewitt Street Manchester M15 4GB
North West England

Castlefield Gallery is pleased to present a solo show by the highly acclaimed New York based artist Cory Arcangel. For his two-screen installation a couple thousand short films about Glenn Gould, Arcangel recreates the pianist’s most commonly performed piece, the 1741 Goldberg Variations by Johann Sebastian Bach.The installation has been produced by extracting clips from around two thousand amateur instrumental performers sampled from video sharing websites such as YouTube. Arcangel consequently wrote a piece of software that assembles each note according to the score, a method of production that may have interested Gould considering his well known attraction to the creative process of post-producing his own performances. In Arcangel’s installation, the two screens skip from one musician to the next with each note, while each screen carries a separate melodic line.This exhibition will also showcase earlier works by Arcangel including I Shot Andy Warhol produced from a re-programmed Nintendo console, Permanent Vacation a humorous interpretation of electronic communication, and a single channel performative piece Sans Simon. To accompany the exhibition Cory Arcangel is doing a live performance with Paul Morley at the Greenroom. This performance; Interactive Lecture/Product Demonstration will take place on 8 February 2008.