goodbye technology hello

gone is never out

As we continue to evolve, the technology around us is destined to such a short life span. Technologies from the film and photography industries are two perfect examples of this. In past years, we have stood by as some pretty unfaltering tools and formats have come and go. But not all of us are content with letting dead dogs lay.

I, for one, have always had a love of Super-8 film work. The coarse, grainy and uneven quality it adds to footage gives it that dimension of vintage authenticity. When I discovered that Hawaiian artist and filmmaker, Andy Graydon, was presenting his second solo exhibition at the gallery, LMAKprojects, using this format, I skated right over. This is his most ambitious Super-8 film project to date. Titled, “Vostok, Faretheewell,” the 36 minute film explores the city of Berlin, and uses it as a lens to examine various modes of suspension, of incompleteness, of being in-between.

Scenes from the Super-8 film, "Vostok, Fartheewell"

“Vostok, Faretheewell,” is about visions (artistic, political, architectural) as forms of power, and about the de-formations and re-formations they endure on encountering the material world. The film parallels two paths. The first is that of a Japanese designer who is a tourist in Berlin and struggling with completing an intricate 3D design project while abroad. The latter involves a narrative of the history of the city of Berlin from the perspective of its diverse architectural structures. Berlin is seen as a world in the process of formation and re-formation, defined by provisional measures, aborted completions, attempts at erasure, constant renewals, and shifting cycles of competing interests and aligns with the angst of the artist and the project before him. This show runs through December 5, 2010.

Even though it has been replaced by the advancements of digital photography, the contact sheet, a formidable step in the development of photographs, gets a revisit here. The photos below visualize the use of the contact sheet in a recent merchandise display for the Armani boutique in Soho, New York. It is refreshing to see it utilized as a manipulated art form. Here’s hoping that there we will see more of this in the future.

The use of the contact sheet in a recent Armani boutique display.

Our t-shirt design below honors another fallen hero, the VCR tape. When I came upon these visuals, it was easy to recognize the composition that lay before me. I saw calm in a chaotic world through a format we now disregard.  Capturing this visual gave birth to our design below, modern extinctions one. It is available for men and women. Offered in both long and short sleeve versions, it is made of 100% cotton and in a multitude of colors. View other designs from our retro funky category!

modern extinction one

Our t-shirt design, "modern extinctions one"

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