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Dusty vinyl records, vintage film cameras, rickety typewriters are the creative tools being used by some emerging artists. Pure nostalgia? Or a laudable refusal to escape the speed and sanitised perfection of contemporary digital culture?

Stephanie Pottinger
  • 26 april 2011



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This article titled “Analogue artists defying the digital age” was written by Sean O’Hagan, for The Observer on Saturday 23rd April 2011 23.05 UTC

With indecent haste, the digital revolution has consigned many of our once-cherished artefacts to the dustbin of history. Though enthusiasts and obsessives have stayed loyal to pre-digital formats, for the rest of us it feels like the vinyl record, the photographic print, the Polaroid camera, the analogue recording studio and the darkroom have been cast aside, rendered all but obsolete by a digitally driven culture that devours all that preceded it. Soon, we are told, the newspaper and the book may share the same fate.

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