/app_spring_23/ is a video piece in response to Terry Cole’s Patient Object (2022). Filmed in the Shenandoah Mountains with a VHS camera and Sony cassette camcorder, the piece leans into the file corruption that can occur when using “out-of-date” technology. Using a high school band as the backing audio to the piece, the imperfections in the band’s performance are heightened by visual distortion. The overall effect is frustrating – there are fleeting moments of beauty that is ultimately distorted, reflecting on Cole’s themes of ephemerality, memory, and the purpose of documentation.
Check out Terry Cole’s Patient Object in Issue 22.
Editorial and Curatorial Lead
Emma C. Johnson is a senior visual arts major at the University of Richmond. In their free time, they play the saxophone and spend time with their cat, Abby.