(Pic) Floppy Disk Portraits

(Pic) Floppy Disk Portraits
Gaming & Play

Using the technological waste of our society, artist Nick Gentry creates moody portraits.

Dan Gould
  • 12 february 2010

Using the technological waste of our society, artist Nick Gentry creates moody portraits. Obsolete floppy disks get a new life as a background for his striking paintings.

He explains:

“Floppy disks, VHS tapes, polaroids and audio cassettes. As a child growing up in the 80s and 90s this combination played a massive part in how I learned about the world. Favourite films, albums, games and even personal recordings were all stored on there. The whole world was totally reliant on these physical media formats. Now suddenly we are at a time where they are obsolete, replaced by countless intangible data files. As information is released from the physical form it allows personal data and identities to now be revealed and infinitely shared online. At the same time many of us consider individuality and privacy to be more precious than ever. Will humans be forever compatible with our own technology? In my work I want to simply highlight this new movement, as I believe it to be an important cultural and social transition of our time.”

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