It’s not so much that there weren’t newsworthy things to be read in the arts blogosphere this week – if you’re here for the serious, you could always check out Hyperallergic’s round-up of Ai Weiwei updates or this nifty Art Fag City contemplation of art’s spiritual side, but this heat-wave we’ve suffered through this week has me seeking refuge in simpler pleasures of the sort that have every appearance of springing from a feverish hallucination.
That’s right: it’s time for Matthew Barney and video games.
Still from Cremaster 3 (The Order) (Source: filmexperience.blogspot.com)
The Art Newspaper opened my eyes to what has to be the best-ever tribute to Matthew Barney’s enigmatic Cremaster cycle of films. To quote their introduction, “like other cycles – Ring, laundry – it runs a bit long” so Flux Lasers on YouTube has helpfully condensed the ponderous, laborious feats of the films as game levels from Little Big Planet.
So far you can watch game play for Cremaster 1 and Cremaster 4, as well as The Order from Cremaster 3 (which let’s face it, was already a contemporary art version of Donkey Kong played out in the Guggenheim’s rotunda), but I’ve opted to embed Cremaster 2 because it’s always been my favourite in the cycle and the custom-designed avatar of Gary Gilmore is simply too freakin’ adorable for words.
Now, if only someone would license full-length video games for the entire Cremaster Cycle, I would totally get back into the Playstation addiction I harboured during my undergrad years. Also makes me wonder what other moments in modern art need reinterpretation as video games…