This article explores the found footage film Stand By for Tape Back-Up, excavated, performed, and directed by British performance artist Ross Sutherland. The central object for the film's creation is a videotape Sutherland discovered in his loft – one that belonged to his late grandfather. Guiding the spectator through the vestiges of the videotape, Sutherland performs a dual eulogy: he narrates his difficulty getting over the loss of a relative with whom he experienced several formative cultural memories, while also drawing upon the idiosyncrasies of the recorded media to give tribute to the archaic VHS format. His longing for a connection with a lost loved one doubles as a commemoration for the once-durable repository for televised media, in a period of unstable digital archives. Drawing on recent concerns about the storing of memories in a climate of rapid obsolescence, this essay will fuse Sutherland's attempt to connect to a late relative with his resolve to preserve an analog mode of viewing.


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