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Cory Arcangel, The Curve, Barbican | reviews, news & interviews

Cory Arcangel, The Curve, Barbican

Cory Arcangel, The Curve, Barbican

Ten-pin bowling explored in ones and zeroes

Cory Arcangel is firmly keeping all his balls on the groundCourtesy of the artist, Lisson Gallery, Team Gallery and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

It is probably a worrying sign when the computer games of your youth become the historical butt of a conceptual art joke. Digital artist Cory Arcangel, who appropriates video-game technology, repurposes and redesigns it, has installed 14 10-pin bowling computer games in the Barbican's Curve gallery, and if you remember the earliest, an Atari, you're almost certainly as obsolescent as it is.

It is probably a worrying sign when the computer games of your youth become the historical butt of a conceptual art joke. Digital artist Cory Arcangel, who appropriates video-game technology, repurposes and redesigns it, has installed 14 10-pin bowling computer games in the Barbican's Curve gallery, and if you remember the earliest, an Atari, you're almost certainly as obsolescent as it is.

This, we imagine, is truly the height of electronic skills; how can it ever get better? And yet we are constantly proved wrong

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