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We Love Retro Media *click to watch the film!
(photo and video produced by PBS OFF BOOK)
We love the convenience of our digital technology and how quickly we can have all the media we could possibly want at the touch of a screen. Yet, what is it about the intimacy of the analog formats from our past that still has us so captivated? While digital “film” “music” and “photos” are culturally entrenched in our lives there is a growing interest in all things analog – Super 8 Film, Vinyl Records, VHS Tapes and Polaroid Pictures.
Our guest this week is Albert Gabriel Nigrin, one of the people who is featured in the video above. He is an award-winning experimental media artist whose work has been screened throughout the world. He is also a Cinema Studies Lecturer at Rutgers University, and the Executive Director/Curator of the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, Inc. — a non-profit organization which screens and promotes independent, experimental and artistic cinema in New Jersey via the New Jersey Film Festivals, and the United States Super 8mm Film + Digital Video Festival.
What are the challenges we face if we want to experience retro media? Is it a trend? How do these challenges enhance our appreciation for the sound or image, and does it make the art and music we love a bit more intimate? Why are the analog arts such a vital part of our legacy as a culture?
Stay tuned and don’t miss the live calls in the second part of the pod cast from
David Bias (Polaroid Pictures) The Impossible Project
Jerome Harvey (Vinyl Record Culture) Dust and Grooves
And our tech wrap with Phil Vigeant Pro8mm