Retrograde

Being Digital, Margate Harbour Arm Gallery, Margate, Kent, 2011


 
Retrograde: is a film that looks at the fallibility of storage, and how the promises of contemporary technology can become limited. The film depicts the interior of a VHS Video Tape Recorder. Initially filmed using a High Definition camera the footage has been deliberately deteriorated by reproducing it on various ‘older’ technologies, from DVD to the notorious VHS. The VHS media has then been re-recorded repeatedly until the resulting image becomes completely incoherent.
Today’s technological world is driven by storage, the Internet is built from huge databases, but how long can this storage last, and does the constant replication of this data cause the original qualities or meanings to become diluted or erased.