Yes, video stores do still exist! And this is the world’s biggest independent one

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By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Wednesday 18 December 2013

Breathe a sigh of relief, folks. Video stores do still exist. And even though the majority of video stores in the U.S. have surrendered to places like Netflix and Redbox, there’s still one video store in Seattle that’s renting out videos like no other. It’s called Scarecrow Video and believe it or not, this place […]

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Astounding time warp tunnel made from VHS tape

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Thursday 26 July 2012

We’ve seen art made out of this thing and that thing, but we’ve never seen VHS tapes deconstructed like this before, with all that shiny, black magnetic tape pulled out to create an 80-foot tube that allows people to walk through, a space that, judging from the pictures, must be like walking through a time portal — well, VHS tapes did come from the 80s and 90s after all. The installation, Tube, is a creation by New York-based, Lithuanian-born artist Zilvinas Kempinas, who did this for the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009.

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VHS-style blurry-style paintings by Kon Trubovich

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By Arid House in New Art on Wednesday 2 May 2012

Recreating VHS-style blurry imagery through traditional painting techniques, Kon Trubovich has created a really unique visual style. His work definitely shares a similarity with the photo-painting style of Gerard Richter, which is always a thumbs up in our books.

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Incredible analog/digital art by Max Capacity

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By Sasha Gransjean in New Art on Tuesday 27 March 2012

Max Capacity is one of the forerunners on the front of a digital art trend which is to bring everything back into the analog days by crushing down the image and making it feel like some bootleg video that you’re VCR is finally chewing up. That’s the result that Max gets by using VHS cameras and older TVs to record and re-record and image losing quality and adding visual analog distortion along the way. He does video installations and music videos for bands like Anamanaguchi and Fidlar, incorporating his style of 80s/90s video game nostalgia into their songs and live performances.

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Notes to Self make hip hop video from old VHS tapes

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By Notes to Self in New Music on Friday 2 December 2011

We’re fans of rap music first, like most artists are of their genre. If you were a hip hop head who grew up in the VHS era, you probably used to tape every episode of Rap City you managed to see. And we were no exception. This video came together from our personal VHS tapes […]

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