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24 AUGUST 2017

Everything Is Terrible: a celebration of 80s retro cheesiness

"Everything Is Terrible! is the internet sensation video collective responsible for some of this millennium's most intriguing and mind melting videos. From Yogi Ogi Dogi, the creepy yoga farmer, to Cat Massage to Pubic Hair Dying to the Yellow Dino who hunts pedophiles; for 7 years EIT! has mined the absurd VHS universe for the best/worst bits. Every video is original and fantastic media art that creates a window into America's hidden past and future!"

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80s televisionabsurdAmerican popular cultureaural treasurebad tastecheesyclipscollection of video clipscultural history • dredge up • earnestness • Everything Is Terrible • exercise videos • hidden past • infomercials • kitschmelangemovie clipnaivety • over-earnestness • popular culture • postmodern masterwork • PSAretroretro cheesiness • terrible footage • VHSvideo archivevideo collection • video collective • web video • workout videos

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Simon Perkins
27 APRIL 2017

Kung Fury: nostalgic homage to 1980s retro style

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1980s retro style2015 • action comedy • Adolf Hitlerarcade machinearchetypal charactersblack humour • brick phone • character archetypecheesy • cheesy one-liner • computer hacking • computer nerd archetype • crowdfunding • David Hasselhoff • David Sandberg • dinosaurDynaTACexcessive violence • genre hybridisation • genre play • ironyKickstarterkitsch • Knight Rider • Kung fu • Kung Fury (2015) • martial artist • melange • meta-narrative • metatext • Miami Police Department • nostalgic styleover-the-topparodypastiche • police detective • retroretro cheesinessretro computer graphics • revenge plot • science fictionshort filmSwedish filmmaker • Thor (mythology) • time travel • Transformers • triceratops • Umea • Unicorn • vikingWorld War II

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Simon Perkins
09 NOVEMBER 2016

The vaporwave aesthetic and the music playing behind an infomercial for public access purgatory

"Vaporwave isn’t just something you listen to either, it’s something you experience, and experiences include visuals. Vaporwave visual art, simply referred to as 'aesthetics,' is varied but tends to honor some core tenets. If you’re looking at something pink and teal with a marble classical bust and a glitchy Windows 95 logo, you’re probably looking at a vaporwave aesthetic. If you’re watching a YouTube video with a title written in a weirdly soothing stretched out font, you’re probably watching a vaporwave aesthetic.

If you haven’t guessed by now, vaporwave is a bit of a joke, or more accurately, an internet meme. Vaporwave’s trippy immediate artistic ancestor 'seapunk' was a running inside joke on Tumblr during 2011 about fashion and art and music inspired by the ocean. The look and sound of a psychedelic club run by a hipster Ariel from The Little Mermaid is a pretty accurate summation. Neon seapunk imagery even found its way into Rihanna’s 2012 Saturday Night Live performance, confounding many viewers with its colorful and stylish but garish, cheap, and seemingly unprofessional grainy green screen look. The exact difference between seapunk and vaporwave is blurry, but as far as I understand vaporwave trades the aquatic focus for a fascination with the emptiness of aging and/or amateur glossy commercialism. It’s the music playing behind an infomercial for public access purgatory."

(Jordan Minor, 03 June 2016)

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1980s retro styleamateur cultural production • amateur glossy commercialism • anti-corporate aesthetic • appropriationcheesy • classical bust • colour schemecolourfulcomputer graphicsconsumption spectacle • cultural aesthetic • digital texts • emptiness • fan art • Floral Shoppe (2011) • inside joke • internet art form • internet cultureInternet memeirony • Japanese funk • Macintosh Plus (musical alias) • manipulating samples • manufactured nostalgia • marble • memenetworked productionnew forms of expression • new sincerity • nostalgic styleoceanparticipatory mediapinkpsychedelic imageryreappropriationremix cultureretro cheesinessretro computer graphics • runaway consumerism • seapunk • Sega Genesis • Simpsonwave • Simpsonwave aesthetic • slow jams • stretched out font • teal • tech-fueled nostalgic loop • tech-savvy • The Little Mermaid • The Simpsons (television) • trippy • Tumblrvaporware • vaporwave • vaporwave aesthetic • vaporwave visual art • Vektroid (electronic musician) • video gamesvisual aestheticsWindows 95

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Simon Perkins
27 JULY 2009

Before online dating there was video dating...

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1980sbachelor • blast from the past • blind date • cringeworthy • cultural normsdating • dating video • depictions of mendisclosuregender stereotypesidentity performanceimpression managementmatchmakingmeeting peopleonline datingpersonal identitypersonal informationprofile imageretro cheesinessromantic relationshipsself-advocacyself-consciousself-disclosure • self-image • self-perception • self-promotion • video dating • video mate • wishes and needs

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Simon Perkins
16 SEPTEMBER 2008

Picking Up Girls Made Easy

"Narrated by the author, Eric Weber, this album was released in the mid–70's. Pure cheese and amazing that these pick–ups could actually work (well maybe on girls who are not playing with a full deck of cards). What's even more amazing is that this is still in print (no longer on LP, but on cassette!)."

(Otis Fodder, The 365 Days Project)

From the liner: PICKING UP GIRLS MADE EASY will teach you a whole new system for picking up girls –– a system that is so complete and so absolutely foolproof you'll soon be picking up girls automaticallly!!! Absolutely everything is spelled out for you... Picking up girls can be as easy as opening a beer! And the more you listen to the album, the better you'll get. It's INCREDIBLE!"

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1975aural treasuredating • Eric Weber • how to pick up girls • naivenewspaper ad • pick-up • Picking Up Girls Made Easy • popular cultureretro cheesinesssexsex sells • The 365 Days Project

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Simon Perkins
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