In July 2017, the last company in the world, Funai, ceased the production of VHS equipment. Making the widespread casette format irrevocably obsolete, the VHS is now freed from the hands of the media industry, and a video ecological crisis has emerged where we must re-use casettes and repair machines, until the last magnetic tape wears out.
In the light of this de-capitalization, VHS-FABRIKKEN (The Video Manufacturing Company) emerged to fight for video's future. Using an assembly line setup of the company's equipment, we encourage all AV-workers of the world to participate in a non-stop 24 hour "video marathon" where we will record 24 hours of VHS in real time. Our means of production will facilitate a working environment of direct electronic manipulation of the video broadcast in order to celebrate the feature which separates the VHS from film and file - the analog signal can be blended, bended and breaked, while the cathode ray tube still shimmers and the faithful video casette recorder graphs the voltage of the circuit.
For the workshop VHS-FABRIKKEN installs equipment such as video synthesizers, mixers, camera and computer, but we also encourage participants to bring their own works and tools, whether it's sound, video, text, computer graphics, performances, dance or something else. You can plug-in to the main circuit through RCA-, mini-jack- (3.5mm) or VGA-plug as well as camera and microphone.
The final product will be 6 tapes of 4 hours length each, which will be part of VHS-fabrikken's archive, and be licensed as public domain, so that other workshops can re-use our material. As far as possible, the tapes will also be converted to digital format and released through www.archive.org.
The workshop is free, and we encourage audience and participants to come and go throughout the entire working period.
Tape 1: BOMBER (12:00-16:06)
Tape 2: overvåger dig (16:06-20:14)
Tape 3: himmelstrøg (20:14-0:21)
Tape 4: techledelse (0:21-4:26)
Tape 5: grundforskning (4:26-8:31)
Tape 6: Debat (8:31-12:35)
When was the 24 hour video manufacturing recorded?
The recording began at:
30th of June 2018, 12.00 (noon)
and the six tapes ended:
1st of July 2018, 12:35 (noon)
Where was the 24 hour video manufacturing recorded?
The experiment took place at
AMOK Art Collective
Why is the 6 tapes longer than 24 hours?
8000 Aarhus C
The prolonged recording time was due to three reasons:
1. each videotape was a few minutes longer than 4 hours
2. the switching of tapes, although immediate, takes time
3. the direct analog manipulation of the signal (e.g. when a video and audio signal interferes) can affect the syncing pulse on the VHS, causing small expansions and contractions of the "tape time" compared to the "recording time"
Beside these deviations, no deviations occured during recording and the broadcast was uninterupted.
Can I download the tapes and use them for my own projects?
Yes! The tapes are available for download through archive.org and are released under a Creative Common Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
licence. This means that you are free to show, edit and remix the material as long as it is for non-commercial use and you release it under the same licence.
You can find the tapes on VHS-fabrikken's Archive.org channel
How do I submit my documentation, remixes or other material for this project?
Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you arrange similar workshops, talks, screenings, VJ'ing, installations, or presentations?
Sure, you can contact us on e-mail email@example.com