Tim Tate’s Digital Reliquaries
Artist Tim Tate has created miniature reliquaries to digital video that memorializes this modern technology. Tate grew up enjoying the powerful influence of video and wanted to create a glass capsule to preserve these artifacts. After experimenting with DVD players encased within glass, Tate realized a custom video player without moving parts would have to be developed. He partnered with a electronic optics company and over the course of year developed a little video system that could loop video without the need of repair.
The result of the project is a series of memorials to modern video that bridge the gap between old world reliquaries and new world technologies.
Tate discusses the project with NPR’s All Tech Considered,
“Right now, it’s the best time to be an artist,” says Tate.
With so much technology emerging, artists have many more tools at their disposal. And Tate says he has found that museums are receptive to experimentation.
“Museums now are much more interested in new movements that are coming in,” he says. “Video, digital art, glass — these are all brand-new movements. So they’ve opened their doors, and they say, ‘We don’t even know what’s going on. We are going to have to look everywhere.’ If museums are finding videos on YouTube, then the door is thrown open for everybody.”