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FLOP

Christina Heidecker
Media Archaeology, 2006
Interface Cultures

The 3.5" disk was the most common data storage medium of the 1980s. Now, 20 years after its heyday, Flop attempts to revive this medium. A video sequence is saved to several disks. In order to view the whole video, the user has to insert one disk after another into the computer’s drive. The content of the video is a collage recreating the atmosphere of the ’80s. This labor of Sisyphus recalls the inconvenient steps required to work with a computer a mere 20 years ago. The installation provides a stark contrast to the hurried, often impatient way we deal with digital media today, and encourages visitors to chill out and take their time.

FLOP was shown at the Ars Electronica Festival 2006.