Tape Condition Degraded: Hazel Meyer and Cait McKinney

21 April 2018, 4pm
Radclyffe Hall, 2/2, 7 Newark Drive, Glasgow, G41 4QJ

For Deep Down Body Thirst, Toronto-based duo Hazel Meyer and Cait McKinney present a performance-lecture that considers what we might do with all the dusty videotape and 8mm film that fills the shelves of LGBTQ community archives.

Sharing research-in-progress from their ongoing investigation of how queer porn is archived, Meyer and McKinney discuss the community-based work of collecting, preserving, and providing ethical forms of digital access to these materials. This presentation revolves around Slumberparty (1984), a DIY 8mm porn made by a group of Toronto-based lesbians in response to censorship, lost until 2016. The pair discuss the practical and ethical labour behind figuring out how to archive and screen this forgotten reel.

About the artists:
Hazel Meyer’s work with installation, performance, and text investigates the relationships between sport, sexuality, feminism, and material culture hazelmeyer.com.

Cait McKinney is a media historian who researches the digital media practices of queer and feminist social movements caitmckinney.com.

Meyer and McKinney’s collaborations explore their shared attachments to queer histories through research, writing, and archival interventions.

Publication projects include the Muscle Panic Handbook (2014), and contributions to Little Joe: Queers and Cinema (UK, 2015), No More Potlucks (CA, 2016), and PHILE (DE, 2017).

Their site-specific exhibition for the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Tape Condition: degraded (2016) engaged with the politics, aesthetics, and pleasures of digitising queer VHS.

Free, no booking required. Be aware that capacity is highly limited, and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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