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June 2016

Tape Condition: degraded

Hazel Meyer & Cait McKinney
June 25 @ 7:00 pm - September 18 @ 5:00 pm
Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
34 Isabella St.
Toronto, ON M4Y1N1 Canada
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Tape Condition: degraded is an immersive installation and community digitization station that engages with the CLGA’s collection of more than 3,000 VHS tapes, about one-third of which are porn. From commercially produced movies, to homemade tapes and hand-dubbed compilations, these cassettes are vital records of the archives’ role in preserving and protecting queer desires, sexual subcultures, and the pleasures of collecting. As VHS tapes age and degrade, what kinds of digital strategies might bring the histories they record into the…

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