Daily Archives: July 13, 2008

Yoshi’s Island 3 @ Crane Arts Gray Space


DoN LoVeS the Yoshi Island Video installation by Brian Franklin in the Gray Space’s side room, a perfect execution of mutlimedia music and visuals filling the space with a futuristic soundtrack, all of the art in the rest of Golden Calf benefitted from the music. Created for Super Mario Brothers video game the music is 4 soundtracks playing simultaneously, simultaneous overlapping loops of bloopy tones creating a modern sound design installation with late 20th Century video game music repurposed into new art.  As game technology advances and leaves artifacts behind, Franklin rescues the musical artifacts like a modern day monk saving information in illuminated manuscripts.  The music stand with the score displayed elevates the piece to Wagnerian dramatic heights developing a sense of nostalgia for a time when video game technology was new.