Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at 8pm
Artist Cory Arcangel appears at Light Industry to perform the first complete and authoritative version of his now-notorious Bruce Springsteen Born to Run Glockenspiel Addendum. This appearance marks the first time—and perhaps last—that Arcangel will provide live accompaniment on glockenspiel to Springsteen’s canonical album in its entirety, alongside the premiere of a new video featuring Springsteen and the E Street Band.
"This is the kind of brazen scheme that most folks dream up over bong-hits only to sober up and abandon." - Pitchfork
"The Ghost of the Future of Rock and Roll" - PopMatters
"The potential to wreak small but significant mischief on rock history" - The Wire
"Hyperminimalist" - Artforum
“In 2006, on a whim, I decided to go uptown to Sam Ash music store, buy a Glockenspiel and record glockenspiel parts for the songs on Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run record that did not already feature that instrument. Most everything I have ever made has been ignited from a similar semi-destructive whim. A certain idea, most often against my better judgment, mixes with my slight OCD, and I can't stop thinking about it until it is completed. Some people count their steps on the way to work...I do this. This project took a few weeks (the glockenspiel turned out a little more difficult to play then it would seem) and eventually ended up as a 12inch vinyl sold off of my website. This release featured just my Glockenspiel playing and a lot of silence in between. The intent was that people were supposed to play my record and the original at the same time. Once I sold out of these I released a FREE mix CD. This featured my Glockenspiel tracks mixed back into Bruce's original. To most people, this second version sounds just like Springsteen. This free CD has been distributed over the past year or so, at galleries, performances, and to friends. Since it is tagged by computers automatically, it has circulated as Springsteen. My thoughts on this version were based on the fact that my own artwork for years had floated around the Internet uncredited, in fact I kinda encourage it, so why not just start it off this way? Cut out the middle man so to speak, even if the middle man is myself. Since this gesture is kinda an end game for p2p and art, at light industry I will be doing the opposite..........a live performance. You will get me, playing Glockenspiel live, a real experience, with a live instrument. One night only. Also as an added bonus, after years of fooling around playing only small bits of this composition because I was too lazy to practice the hard parts (i hate practicing an instrument), this will be THE FIRST TIME EVER I HAVE ACTUALLY PLAYED THE WHOLE THING. Mistakes and all! 42 minutes!!! Plus there will be an all new video accompaniment. One could even call it a premiere. A real sensation so to speak. You will see the gesture at its source, before it gets vacuumed up into p2p networks, and its provenance is erased .......... Ill also bring some of those mix CD's 2 give away. So there will be a live performance and a FREE CD, one a pastiche of the other, or both pastiches of whatever, but to be honest at this point I cant see any other way to go for 2008. And what role does Bruce play in all of this? Well, nothing to be honest. It was just a whim afterall.” - Cory Arcangel
Cory Arcangel is an artist, performer, and curator who lives and works in Brooklyn. His work centers on his love of personal computers. He is the co-founder for the Beige Programming Ensemble. Current interests include C.S.N.&Y., C.S.N., CSS, RSS, GCC , C++, HTML, XML, and TEX. His work has shown in the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Space 1026, Philly, the Migros Museum, Zurich, Team Gallery, New York, and Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, Paris/Salzburg and on the world wide web at the address http://www.beigerecords.com/cory/
Photo: Paula Court.
Tickets - $6, available at door.