29-year-old Michael Myers, an experimental hip-hop artist in Atlanta who has a modest collection of VHS tapes, finds moderate inspirational. All that Mr. Myers wants in his work, he said, “is to repeat the sounds from some weird, obscure film on VHS I would have seen late at my friend’s house, his parents were asleep.” He described his work as “mid-lo-fi”. “The quality feels raw and warm and full of flavor,” he said of VHS.
For collectors such as April Blakney, 35, the owner and artist of Appel Med, a fine art and screen printing company in Cleveland, plays an important role in collecting Nostalgia. Ms. Blakeney, who has 2,400 to 2,500 VHS tapes, sees it as a passage connecting her with the past. He inherited something from his grandmother, the children’s librarian had a vast collection.
Ms. Blakeney’s VHS tapes are “huge nostalgia”, she said, for a child in the 1980s. “I think we were the last to grow up without the internet, cellphones, or social media,” sticking to the old analogue methods, she said, “sounds very natural.”
“I think people are indifferent to the aura of the VHS era,” said Thomas Allen Harris, 58, producer of the television series “Family Pictures USA” and a senior lecturer in African-American studies and film and media studies. University. In the 1980s, Mr. Harris stated, “There are so many cultural touch points.” He believed, “There was a time when, in some ways, Americans knew who we were.”
The VHS tape, of course, had a life span. Developed in Japan in 1976, brought to the United States in 1977 and essentially discontinued in 2006 when films stopped taping, the medium brought home all kinds of entertainment.
Not only could film connoisseurs refuse on Friday night for the video store’s corridors, but they could also make home movies, ranging from the artistic to the ridiculous. In an era that preceded DVR technology, they could tape episodes of television with the record function of the now VCR.