For this installation, entitled Super Mario Clouds (2002), Cory Arcangel hacked into and modified a cartridge of a Super Mario Bros, the blockbuster Nintendo videogame released in the United States in 1985. By tweaking the game’s code, the artist erased all of the audio and visual elements except for the iconic, fluffy white clouds that scroll endlessly across the bright blue sky.
Arcangel, who is trained as a musician, considers computers and video game consoles as his instruments; he will often learn a new programming language in order to develop an artwork. Viewers cannot handle the console on display here, but they can model their own version: Arcangel provides detailed instructions as well as the code for re-creating this project on his website.
Photographed in the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC.
Piranaha Plant and Vincent The Dog (Click Image to Enlarge)
Sculptor and illustrator Jaime “Kalapusa” Margary is a Super Mario Brothers fan who created this amazing “life like” model of the games’ Piranha Plant character. I love this thing! You can see more of Jaime’s work at this link.
“I have this theory: you know that Guitar Hero or Guitar Band game? I wish those had come out fifteen years ago, because it would have kept a lot of these fucking dipshits from being in bands. They would have just gotten off playing Guitar Hero or Guitar Band and they would have left music to the musicians. Damn! Because there are a lot of kids that can kind of play, they can kind of write songs and they can kind of . . . fuck that man! I don’t do this because I “kind of can do it,” I do it because I live it and I breath it and I love it. I don’t really even get paid that much to do it but even if they weren’t paying me – I’d still do it. A lot of these cats can’t do it and, all right that’s cool. I’m not going to hold that against them. I’m not going to be that cynical bastard, but I just know what the score is. So, don’t player hate me, just stay out of my way (laughs).”