THERE WERE ONLY A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE who have been in New York’s Internet artwork scene of the early ’00s. It was a scene of sq. pegs, as everybody had come from completely different fields. There have been dystopian cyberlibertarians, Decrease East Facet efficiency artists, West Coast cowboy hat–sporting BBS hippies, trad up to date artists who determined to “drop out,” and, in fact, Tom Moody. Tom—who seemed like he stepped proper out of a center administration I.M.B. workplace in 1976—was a polymath. As soon as on a studio go to to his tidy, sunny, and fairly nice New Jersey flat in 2005, we mentioned his prints, writing, music, artwork, and DJing. Having come from conventional artwork criticism (writing for Artforum for instance), he was already juggling in his head extraordinarily advanced concepts relating to the brand new kinds made attainable by digital instruments and the Web. These concepts would develop into influential and supply a conceptual construction for a number of of the actions that emerged within the Aughts—particularly the (wonderful) Surf Membership scene. That’s to not say he was on the sidelines as a critic and theorist. He was really within the combine as an artist, and as a musician as nicely. He was one of many first folks to take my very own work significantly very early (extra significantly than I!), and on the flip aspect, he was additionally one of many first to essentially maintain my toes to the hearth as my profession progressed (and by no means let up until he handed). Today, twenty years later, every time I see somebody from the previous scene, I’m instantly stuffed with heat and revel in nothing greater than sitting down for a espresso to reconnect. I’m saddened that I can’t have a chance to do this with Tom.
Cory Arcangel is an artist, composer, and author primarily based in Stavanger, Norway.