Analogue video in the age of retrospectacle: aesthetics, technology, subculture

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dc.contributor.author Rozenkrantz, Jonathan
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-03T12:30:43Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-03T12:30:43Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Rozenkrantz, J. (2016) 'Analogue video in the age of retrospectacle: aesthetics, technology, subculture', Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 12, pp. 39-58. en
dc.identifier.issued 12
dc.identifier.startpage 39
dc.identifier.endpage 58
dc.identifier.issn 2009-4078
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/6013
dc.description.abstract This article explores the various manifestations of analogue video in digital culture. Introducing the framing concept of an aesthetics of remanence, it argues that the “society of the spectacle” (Debord) has entered an age of retrospectacle, a dominant signifier of which is the remediation and/or simulation of analogue videography. The concept of remanence connects the material conditions of magnetic tape with analogue video’s aesthetic expressions, and the cultural situation in which analogue video finds itself today. By looking at three different cases related to retro gaming, contemporary hip hop, and “old skool” rave, the article shows how the aesthetics of remanence remains highly susceptible to subcultural sensibilities—while it also functions as their shared visual variable. The short film Kung Fury (David Sandberg, 2015) is a playfully post-ironic recuperation of failed media technologies. The music video “Fromdatomb$” (David M. Helman, 2012) is a complex exploration of the idea(l) of the historical real. And the work of video art Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (Mark Leckey, 1999) is a creative treatment of nostalgia which invites us to reconsider the medical origins of the term. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Film and Screen Media, University College Cork en
dc.relation.uri http://www.alphavillejournal.com/Issue12/12_3Article_Rozenkratz.pdf
dc.rights © 2016, The Author(s) en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subject Digital culture en
dc.subject Analogue video en
dc.subject Aesthetics of remanence en
dc.subject Nostalgia en
dc.subject Retro gaming en
dc.subject Kung Fury en
dc.subject Contemporary hip hop en
dc.subject Rave en
dc.subject Fromdatomb$ en
dc.subject Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore en
dc.title Analogue video in the age of retrospectacle: aesthetics, technology, subculture en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Jonathan Rozenkrantz, Stockholm University en
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dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media en
dc.identifier.journalabbrev Alphaville


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