[vcf-midatlantic] Hard drive art
hjohnson at retrotechnology.info
Sat Apr 13 12:43:12 EDT 2019
Brian Brubaker posts about use of hard-drive parts to create art, for
our appreciation. Well, this use of vintage electronics as art, gives me
pause. I thought about it; I wrote a lecture; I decided a lecture would
not be read or appreciated. So here's my straightforward considerations.
Brian: I restore vintage computers to operation. So I see in parts of
your art, computers that can't be restored because they were demolished.
That's not an abstraction, for me - that is a fact.
This situation is not your fault. However, you have posted in a group of
vintage-computer restorers; so my point is relevant in this forum.
So: Brian, I encourage you to make available, such ancient drives and
parts as might be useful to restore ancient computers. I'm sure you can
get guidance about doing so.
I don't mean to spoil your fun or interests. Do not go back to "lurking"
because some old-guy doesn't like your work - that is not what I said,
that's not how I said it. Art evokes responses; the artist can't
determine all those responses. This is part of my response. And
certainly, there's art today which is FAR more controversial than a
bunch of old computer parts. I'm making a point, not cursing your works,
which have artistic merit.
Brian, thanks for showing your works in this forum.
Herbert R. Johnson, New Jersey in the USA
http://www.retrotechnology.com OR .net
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