ghost in the machine

stumbling around the internet whilst looking for nothing inparticular i came across this image.
i was amazed by this piece, created out of nothing but a vhs tape of the big lebowski, the artist has created the iconic character of the dude. after digging a little deeper i found that it was created by an artist called erika iris simmons, who specialises in using non traditional media. her set on flickr ‘ghost in the machine’ where she creates portraits of musicians and celebrities using old cassette tapes, vhs tapes and movie reels, and the inspiration for this post, is incredible, she states “the idea comes from a philosopher’s (ryle) description of how your spirit lives in your body. i imagine we are all, like cassettes, thoughts wrapped up in awkward packaging”, with that in mind, heres some more of her work.
each piece has its own personality and is brought to life in such an amazing way, such an aptly named flickr set. so next time your having a clearout and throwing away hundreds of old cassettes or vhs spare a though for the ghost in the machine.
there are a b unch more plus some othe non tradition pieces over at the flickr page, or her personal website
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Dave Kiely


  1. The dude abides!
    These are fantastic, and very acurate considering how they are made, id love to get a couple of these as prints. Im sure its only a matter of time till this idea is 'borrowed' by an ad agency.

  2. wow, this post has brought so much joy to my life. i feel like a vessel half full. Only through thought does one invoke the cassette. Times pass and the laughing sprit rises



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