The Noah Scalin 'Dead Media' Piece Gives New Use to ObsoleteTechnology

By: Nikki Taylor - Published: Sep 11, 2012 • References: skulladay.blogspot and junk-culture
The Noah Scalin 'Dead Media' art piece revitalizes the archaic technology of VHS by using the tapes as a means to create a ghoulishly literate portrait.

Scattered black tapes obtained from friends and from Scalin's own personal collection lay strategically positioned on a wooden surface to create the form of a ghastly looking skull ranging 20 by 9 feet. Inspired by the painting 'The Ambassadors' by Hans Holbein, Noah Scalin's Dead Media can only be properly seen from a certain angle; otherwise, it just looks like a multitude of tapes thrown about with extracted film dirtying the floor.

Noah Scalin's Dead Media artwork portrays the idea that technology goes with the new and forgets all about the old. With the introduction of DVDs, Blu-Rays and digital downloads, VHS is a video form that is just about obsolete and therefore, the skull design is quite fitting.