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on creative engineering and new media art

Super Mario Clouds (2002)

October 24th, 2010

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Hacked NES cartridge by Cory Arcangel.

Arcangel used an original Super Mario cartridge and hacked it so that everything but the clouds was removed.

What I find especially interesting about this piece is that it pisses some many off, and sends them ranting down the “that’s not real art!” lane. I suppose Arcangel is (deliberately?) fueling this by saying pretentious stuff like “[---] what do these pixelated clouds represent? It represents the whole progression of humans, communication and technology. [---]”

Check the comments on the Guardian article and the other links below – it’s like seeing how people responded to Duchamp’s Fountain.