Cory Arcangel: a couple thousand short films about Glenn Gould

For his multi-screen installation A couple thousand short films about Glenn Gould, Arcangel has arranged selected sections of Johann Sebastian Bach's 1741 composition The Goldberg Variations (BWV 988).

Given the popularity of video sharing websites skills, the web is home to countless homemade videos of people showing off their instrumental skills. To produce this piece, Arcangel has taken numerous examples of these videos and re-edited them note by note into sections from Bach's composition, each screen carrying a separate melodic line.

Cory Arcangel Performance with Paul Morley:
Interactive Lecture/Product Demonstration


In this interactive lecture/performance, artist, musician and unashamed computer nerd Cory Arcangel introduces and performs a number of his recent music-based works. In between references to glockenspiels, p2p, and Tiger Woods, Arcangel will highlight his new project a couple thousand short films about Glenn Gould. Broadening the conversation into a discussion of the legacy of Gould, a history of electronica and the sonic avant-garde, and to the production and consumption of music after the advent of digitisation, Cory will be joined by writer and music critic, Paul Morley, a key contributor to the publication Cory Arcangel, launching after the performance at greenroom.

Date: Fri 8 Feb 2008
Time: 7.30pm followed by the book launch
Location: greenroom, 54-56 Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5WW
Tickets: 5/3 (conc.)

Cory Arcangel: a couple thousand short films about Glenn Gould
Book Launch


An introduction to the work of New York artist, Cory Arcangel, highlighting his innovations with digital technology and his experiments with sound, this publication, produced in collaboration with leading design duo Dexter Sinister, features texts by writer and music critic Paul Morley, and curator Steven Bode, and an interview/Q&A between Arcangel and curator Michael Connor.

Published by Film and Video Umbrella. Distributed by Art Data. With thanks to Arts Council England, Max Wigram Gallery and londonewcastle.
Cory Arcangel: a couple thousand short films about Glenn Gould


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