Arts & Letters

Arts & Letters presents Video Daze: A Celebration of the Poor Image, featuring photographs and video work by Shay Rainey and music by Seth Goodwin. “These photos represent my recently uncovered fascination with the video image, the VHS aesthetic.  The Video Home System made its first appearance in 1976, to the horror of the movie industry. VHS was at one point compared to the Boston Strangler by the head of the Motion Picture Association.  I think it was scary to them because it took film out of a commercial hierarchy and put it in the hands of the people. In my work with the VHS I am paying homage to the audience members who became their own movie directors overnight. I love the idea of people being able to capture their lives and play it back on the screen. I’m also paying homage to my childhood that was spent watching  the worst TV to video VHS tapes over and over again until the images and sounds were so warped it became something different, fuzzy, warm, and unpredictable. I am absolutely in love with its saturation, vagueness, dislocation, and freedom of imprecision. This work is a celebration of the poor image in an era of high definition obsession.” – Shay Rainey “Altogether, poor images present a snapshot of the affective condition of the crowd, its neurosis, paranoia, and fear as well as its craving for intensity, fun and distraction.” – from “In Defense of the Poor Image” by Hito Steyerl

 

Arts & Letters

Arts & Letters presents Video Daze: A Celebration of the Poor Image, featuring photographs and video work by Shay Rainey and music by Seth Goodwin. “These photos represent my recently uncovered fascination with the video image, the VHS aesthetic.  The Video Home System made its first appearance in 1976, to the horror of the movie industry. […]