London-based artist and curator Lorenzo Durantini has gathered thousands of old unwanted VHS tapes to make towering (and almost menacing) sculptures from them. These monoliths of outdated technology offer a striking critique of image production and distribution.
It’s likely that you (or your parents) still have a box of VHS tapes tucked away somewhere. Whether you can’t bear to part with your original Star Wars tapes or you’ve just forgotten about them – they’re obsolete.
In 2010, Lorenzo Durantini went through an obsessive period where he was collecting old recording mediums – especially VHS tapes. He created a series of staggering towers made from 2,216 tapes – their sheer size call into question the outdated medium, which lasted for a blip and was soon surpassed by DVD, Blu-Ray and now online streaming. Durantini also pulled all the tape from the cassettes and piled it in rooms that contained hundreds of thousands of hours of video.
Explaining his work to Fast Co. Design, Duraniti says, “They have just passed their point of cultural utility and are transformed into a sort of contemporary relic. I hope they provide an alternate and somewhat critical viewpoint of the structures that surround image production and distribution.” We’ve already seen how CDs have been used to create astounding installations. Hopefully now that digital streaming has become possible, we won’t have to worry as much about millions of obsolete items like VHS tapes clogging up our attics and our landfills.
Via Fast Co. Design
Images ©Lorenzo Durantini