Violet Forest’s “VHS Girls”

I don’t have any context for this piece, but it’s haunting nonetheless; a purposeful fragmentation in a medium that always felt fragmented when you used it. The linearity and the usage of the video camera meant that a full tape might have a whole year of birthdays, holidays, and random moments stapled to one another. People would die in the gaps, or they would be born, or people would fall out of lives into complete opacity. But still, there they were on the tape, neatly lined up and occurring in sequence whether we liked it or not. Forest’s piece takes that reality and proliferates it across screens, making it all apparent at once. Really brilliant.

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