Bits and starts: BITMAP Thursday at Drexel

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Computer geeks and game players will love this exhibit. I’ll be there because it sound’s like fun! BITMAP: as good as new is a group exhibit “celebrating the history of the digital image, the aesthetics of early computing, and early video-game consoles according to the press release.   The show’s at Drexel’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery and the reception’s tomorrow, Thursday, 5-7 pm. As Zeek Weil, a Drexel spokesperson said: “These guys hack into old 8-bit game systems and create unique art work.” It’s also got interactive components that let viewers create things and print them out–Sounds great!

Here’s the lineup of talent (I linked the names I know–you can get links to all these artists here)

Cory Arcangel, Lee Arnold, Chris Ashley, Mike Beradino, Mauro Ceolin, Petra Cortright, Paul Davis, DELAWARE, Notendo (Jeff Donaldson), Eteam, Dragan Espenschied, Christine Gedeon, Kimberley Hart, Daniel Iglesia, JODI, Olia Lialina, LoVid, Kristin Lucas, David Mauro, Jillian Mcdonald, Tom Moody, Aron Namenwirth, Mark Napier, Nullsleep, Marisa Olson, Will Papenheimer, Prize Budget for Boys, Jim Punk, Akiko Sakaizumi, Paul Slocum, Eddo Stern and CJ Yeh.

Kristin Lucas, by the way, was the first person to show in ICA’s project space in 2000.
Will Papenheimer had a pom pom Mickey Mouse piece at Vox Populi last year in the show This is Not the Future.

BITMAP was originally shown at vertexList in Brooklyn in conjunction with Blip Festival.

Marcin Ramocki‘s documentary movie 8Bit, about the phenomenon of hacking, technology and its place in art and in the world will be screened free at 4 pm before the reception. The movie, which had its world premier at Moma in 2006 is 90 minutes long.

BITMAP: as good as new
Leonard Pearlstein Gallery
Nesbitt Bldt (33rd and Market)
Drexel University
reception 5-7 pm
MOVIE at 4 pm
Free
215 895 2548

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