Visual Arts » 2D

Old Gizmos Go From Obsolete to Neat!

by

comment

Thirty years ago the idea that you could place a phone call from your car was just a pipe dream. These days it's so common they've banned it in several states. Oh, and that same phone can search the largest repository of human knowledge on earth. And it's obsolete after about two years.

Photographer Jim Golden composes still lifes out of once-cutting edge technologies.  - JIM GOLDEN
  • Jim Golden
  • Photographer Jim Golden composes still lifes out of once-cutting edge technologies.

Technology changes. And thanks to Moore's Law, it's only happening faster. What that means is that each of us has access to better and faster tech every year. Also our garages are full to the rafters with outdated gadgets that were cutting-edge gizmos five years ago. Most of them end up in dumps, where they leak hazardous chemicals and heavy minerals into the earth. Or maybe just lock up valuable, recyclable materials. At best, they take up a lot of room while they gather dust.

Photographer Jim Golden figured there was something better to do with all that techno-residue clogging up the attics of America: make art. Relics of Technology is a collection of stark images of yesteryear's tech. Everything from punch cards to Zip disks. Arranged in geometric patterns of color, or looped in gorgeous gifs, it's an elegy for the transition from analogue to digital. Check it out, and see if it doesn't dredge up a little nostalgia for the 3-1/2-inch floppy disk for you.

Add a comment