[vcf-midatlantic] Hard drive art

Herb Johnson 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.

Herb Johnson

Herbert R. Johnson, New Jersey in the USA
http://www.retrotechnology.com OR .net

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