Last produced in 2006, the VHS tape has become an archaic media. This tangible reminder of the past, however, holds little value in modern society. VHS tapes clutter the shelves of thrift store and garage sales, and can be purchased for a fraction of a dollar online. Despite their lack of popularity, there is something beautiful about the VHS tape and the stories contained on them. The images in 57:36 are a collection of film stills from VHS tapes. They are raw and unfiltered. Each image was taken from a VHS tape, transferred to DVD, and then brought to the computer.
The title 57:36 is derived from the context of each image. As humans we are conditioned beings, 57:36 explores this conditioning. With the vast majority of stories we wait until the end to receive the gratification of a climax. 57:36 was the random duration hypothesized to contain the climax of the story. Realizing that movies vary quite widely in length, a new system was developed for 57:36. Each film still is the result of an equation. They were gathered by taking the duration of the movie, and subtracting twenty minutes from their end. The still was then selected from a moment in that sixty second time frame. Each film still is documented at the exact second from the movie it was gathered.
57:36 is a result of these findings.