Created by COLL.EO in 2012, CARJACKED is a counter-appropriation of the BMW Art Car initiative, developed within the virtual spaces of the popular Forza Motorsport 4 racing game.
CARJACKED consists of seventeen virtual cars after Jackson Pollock, Piet Mondrian, Cy Twombly, Barbara Kruger, Damien Hirst, Maurizio Cattelan, Gerhard Richter, Yayoi Kusama, Sol LeWitt, Julian Opie, Bansky, Frank West, Takashi Murakami, Invader, Bernhard Fuchs, Jake and Dinos Chapman, and Colleen Flaherty. CARJACKED brings the aura of the motor vehicle back into the (video)game. Literally: these virtual automobiles, or, rather, sculptures on wheels, are playable works of art.
This limited edition volume by CONCRETE PRESS provides a visual and critical documentatio of the project, bringing CARJACKED to a wider audience. Featuring contributions from Isabelle Arvers and Jeffrey T. Schnapp and a long conversation between COLL.EO and Carlo Ricafort, ARJACKED s an important contribution to the growing field of Game Art.
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COLL.EO: A collaboration between Colleen Flaherty and Matteo Bittanti, COLL.EO makes artworks, performances, and interventions that lie at the intersection of new media, toy culture, and conceptual art. COLL.EO’s studio is located in San Francisco.
ISABELLE ARVERS: Isabelle Arvers is a French media art curator, critic and author, specializing in video and computer games, web animation, digital cinema, retrogaming, chiptune, and machinima. She was born in Paris and currently lives in Marseille.
CARLO RICAFORT: Born in Quezon City, Philippines, Carlo Ricafort is a visual artist. His work has been exhibited in the Bay Area, New York, Los Angeles, Manila, Philippines, San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico, Bangkok, Thailand, and Sete, France. Ricafort lives and works in San Francisco.
JEFFREY T. SCHNAPP: A cultural historian with research interests extending from antiquity to the present, Jeffrey Schnapp is faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Professor of Romance Languages & Literature. He is the faculty director of metaLAB (at) Harvard. Schnapp lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.