Synopsis by Nathan Southern
Comprised of Jessica Ciocci, Jacob Ciocci and Ben Jones, the Pittsburgh- contemporary art collective Paper Rad are perhaps best known for their paintings, web art, digital art, MIDI creations, and comic zines. They became notorious for Super Mario Movie, a fifteen-minute work (created with conceptual artist Cory Arcangel) that involved hacking the original Super Mario Brothers Nintendo game, retaining the graphics, and replacing the game code with movie code that tells the story of Mario the Italian plumber questioning his existence. The release Paper Rad: Taking out the Trash/Paper's in the Trash entails a "video showcase" of Paper Rad's individual and group creations. These include: "Alfe Pilot," (which, per its title, features Alfe, a recurring Paper Rad character, in a new television pilot) "Wizardzz Video," "The Paper Rad Guide to DVD-ROMs," future Genies outtakes, and, according to the Load Records website, "other krazy krap (sic) you just have no idea how to describe."