Cutting Edge Gadgets from the 1980's, an exhibition celebrating the obsolete
Leon Van De Graff
Often dubbed the ‘Decade of Greed’, the 1980s was a time of unprecedented economic growth in the West. Consumers found themselves with more disposable income than ever before, and expanding multi-national corporations were keen to cash in. The Walkman, camcorders, calculator watches, portable keyboards, speakerphones, arcade games, cassette decks, VHS, Rubik’s Cubes, microwaves, ghetto blasters and the Nintendo – the 80s seemed to exploded with gadgets that were gobbled up by the public faster than they could say ‘Gordon Gecko’.
Cutting Edge Gadgets From The 1980s takes us back to a lost point in time. It places us in an environment where objects seem inseparably linked with memories.
The artists in Cutting Edge Gadgets From The 1980s play with this sense of memory, excitement and loss, and in doing so create a space of eerie, lost familiarity. They evoke a sense of nostalgia not just for objects, but for an era or time in our lives that itself became lost or replaced.
Cutting Edge Gadgets Of The 1980s offers a chance to look back on a unique decade of growth and consumerism, and celebrate the relics that remain from a time that has itself become obsolete. It brings us closer to understanding why an object might become outdated or replaced, but also reminds us that memory is stronger than any passing fad