“The Ghost in the Machine” Series by IRI5

January 11, 2011 § 6 Comments

I unexpectedly stumbled onto the “The Ghost in the Machine” series by IRI5. Most of the pieces are portraits that are created out of disgarded material, most notably cassette tapes  and old film reels.


Jimi Hendrix – cassette tape on canvas (via IRI5.com)

The inspiration behind the project is described as:

The idea comes from a phrase (ironically) coined by philosopher Gilbert Ryle, a description of how your spirit lives in your body. I imagine we are all, like cassettes, thoughts wrapped up in awkward packaging.

Bob Marley (via IRI5.com)

I love the inspiration and idea behind this project. The execution is also amazing. I always saw cassette tape as something flimsy and fragile (may or may not have ruined a few cassette tapes back in the 90s accidentally…) but IRI5 is able to use these tapes to create a very recognizable form but still retaining a shadowy, not-solid quality.

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - 8mm film reel (via IRI5.com)


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