It could be as simple as cyclical aesthetics from a generation that’s brought back everything from disco music to VW Beetles, but what’s old is new again. Call it harmless nostalgia or stunted culture, but the past is ever-present in contemporary society. In few places is this more evident than in the idealization of 8-bit. The visual and audio aesthetic has been reborn in pop culture, album packaging, and even prime time. Now, it?s being applied across media arts, as innovators increasingly apply the out-of-date digital treatment to forward-thinking works. Andy Warhol almost had it right. Today, everyone and everything– including the 8-bit style– can expect two shots at their fifteen minutes.

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