July 2nd, 2004

Cory Arcangel is “best” known for his Super Mario Clouds hack of—follow me here: Super Mario Bros.— wherein nothing appears but clouds. Ahhh. At the other end of the specturm—from both a time-commitment and visual impact— are his ADD Data Diary Movies. Quicktime, as Cory discovered, can be fooled into playing any old datafile as though it were a movie. The results don’t look like movies—they look like Mondrian on MDMA* with an autistic Stockhausen providing the soundtrack. The above link will lead you, after a few clicks, to 31 movies (you can watch them in color or B&W, but I prefer the color). As Cory points out, though “[t]he first few minutes of each video is System memory, so that is why every day looks the same for the first minute or so.”

*A better description might be “they look like what Philip K. Dick’s pink laser beamed into his head while they were programming Mondrian,” but that’s a bit wordy.

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