Cory Arcangel has made an entire career out of playing with the physical boundaries between digital technology and its host materials. The New York-based artist's work has consistently focused on making the digital feel real—projecting video-game backdrops in gallery spaces, performing folk songs through a live vocoder, and making paintings using predetermined Photoshop gradiants. His newest project, however, comes from the opposite angle.
Arcangel was kind enough to answer some of our questions about the line and his recently opened show in Herning, Denmark. At the artist's request, we've preserved the original formatting of his answers, sent via Gmail.
What can we expect from Arcangel Surfware, visually speaking?
You've said before that you're interested in standup—in fact, your presentation at the New Museum, "Continuous Partial Awareness," was essentially a standup set made up of funny ideas for new artworks. The humor of the Surfware project is apparent, but it also feels somewhat cynical—especially the idea of sitting in bed all day surfing the Net. How would you say humor plays into this project for you?
You've also said you would love to get into sitcoms. Any plans for that? Is Surfware only the beginning?