Item MS-3-46, 1978-008 - Black box on being: Excerpts from chapter 11 of the confessions of St. Augustine

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Black box on being: Excerpts from chapter 11 of the confessions of St. Augustine

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  • Moving images

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Edward Slopek

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MS-3-46, 1978-008

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  • 1978 (Creation)
    Slopek, Edward

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1 videocassette (21 min., 20 sec.) : ferric oxide, sub-master, col., U-matic, NTSC, sd., mono, 2 tracks ; 3/4 in.

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Edward Slopek is a media and fine arts artist. Slopek is currently a professor at Ryerson University, where he is the Program Director for the New Media Option in the School of Image Arts. Slopek has a bachelor’s degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, a MA from the University of Leicester and a PhD from McGill University. Slopek has exhibited artwork nationally and internally since the 1970s. His work is also a part of permanent collections, including Canada’s National Gallery.

Custodial history

The tape was donated to the Dalhousie University Archives in 2013 by the Centre for Art Tapes.

Scope and content

Item is a video work created by Edward Slopek in 1978, titled Black Box on Being: Excerpts from Chapter 11 of the Confessions of St. Augustine. Video was screened at Centre for Art Tapes in 1979. Audio is reading of text by St. Augustine’s philosophy and the visual is of nails being pounded.

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The audio is muted and often tough to hear on the video.

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  • English

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Videocassette is likely a sub-master. Location of master video is unknown.

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Videocassette is available as an uncompressed 10-bit digital master video file (MOV format), 8-bit mezzanine digital video file (MOV format), and 8-bit access digital video file (MPEG-4 format).

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Video can be viewed at the Dalhousie University Archives. Advance notice is required.

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See MS-3-46, Box 23, Folder 18 for poster for performance Black Box by Edward Slopek at Centre for Art Tapes.

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Descriptive information was originally prepared in Fall 1990 by David Johnson and Mindy Miller. It was then revised by July, 3, 2006 by Renee Gruszecki. The archival description was revised on April 13, 2015 by the Dalhousie University Archives. The archival description was revised again on April 22nd, 2019 by Liz McElroy

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  • English

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