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Nostalgia?

May 18, 2020 - Anabela Pinto

My preference for older and obsolete technologies in the images came up naturally and spontaneously. I didn’t think much about it at first and didn’t see the point in going against it.
But then I couldn’t really disassociate it from autobiographical motifs, as certain repetitive episodes kept coming back. Growing up on TV, the VCR, the stacks of recorded tapes, etc etc. It’s pretty self explanatory.

 

I also started to think how older home electronics are more specific in terms of function, with each object having been created with one role in mind, and their design and form catering to that one purpose. Today’s electronics are more multifunctional, and therefore devoid of a certain individuality. I was interested in the object’s specific character and uniqueness.

 

At the same time, visions of the same time frame these objects belong to are very present in today’s pop culture, reiterating the stubbornness of a cyclical nostalgic interference in contemporary expression.
Maybe there’s a feeling that the present is taken for granted. Its cultural trends that define nowness resent their own ease of access and commonplaceness and reach a point of saturation. This contrasts with the appeal of a less accessible, ‘cool’, long lost zeitgeist. The same appeal that keeps death at a distance, that taps on the reliefs of homecoming, of innocence.

 

Nostalgia might be always walking on egg shells, hovering between specialness and eye-rolling sentiment. Its anachronistic behavior doesn’t belong and is divisive. But with its relation to temporality, history, and memory, nostalgia is as nagging as it is irresistible.