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Off Book is a web-only series from PBS Arts that expands the definition of art. Each episode will explore a cutting-edge... More

Off Book is a web-only series from PBS Arts that expands the definition of art. Each episode will explore a cutting-edge genre that invites you to engage with the artists and creative process.

"We Love Retro Media: Vinyl, VHS, Tapes & ..."

November 5, 2012
We live in a digital world that gives us all the media we could possibly dream of at the click of a mouse, yet many people miss the old school physical formats from our past. Listening to vinyl and cassettes allows us to connect with music in a different way than MP3s. VHS and 8mm create visual aesthetics and atmospheres that are difficult to replicate in digital video. And the surprises inherent to analog instant photography help embed an organic quality to the recording of our memories. The challenges these retro formats present to capturing and experiencing media actually enhance our appreciation for the sound or image, making the art we love a bit more intimate, and real.