Tube by Zilvinas Kempinas

Probably the best use of old VHS tape you’ll ever see…

“Tube” is an art installation by Zilvinas Kempinas that uses reels of VHS magnetic tape, stretched out and carefully arranged, to form an 80-foot tunnel. Inside the tunnel offers an optical experience for the viewer as the strands of a tape seem to blur and reflect light creating different visual effects. Also when viewed from the outside, anyone inside looks like they’re travelling through time… which is always a bonus when assessing interactive art installations.

“I am attracted to things that are capable of transcending their own banality and materiality to become something else, something more. I like the way that videotape is simultaneously delicate and durable, since it’s meant to last. I can rip it easily with my hands because it’s so thin, but I can also stretch it. Videotape is made to present the world in color, but it appears purely black. It’s supposed to be this safe container of the past, but it is destined to vanish like a dinosaur, to become obsolete, pushed away by new technologies. It’s a familiar mass-produced commodity, but it can be surprisingly sensual and can look almost alive if set in motion. It can be seen as a solid, thick, black line, but it can also disappear right in front of your eyes if it’s turned on its side” – Zilvinas


More please I hear you ask? in that case be sure to check out Double O – watch as two loops of magnetic tape victory dance over the fact that they’re defying gravity, thanks partly due to the presence of large electric fans directed at each other. Ahhh large electic fans, definitely something that beautiful weirdo from American Beauty should’ve looked into…

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