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Blue hammer, door knocking, and I don’t even try
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- Sound recording
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- Caines, Suzanne
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1 disc (10 min.). - 1 disc (3 min.)
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Suzanne Caines is a Canadian artist whose education includes a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1993). Caines’ artwork focuses on disrupting the ritualized nature of social conventions. Caines became associated with the Centre for Art Tapes in 2007 because their video “The Centaur" became a part of the centre’s tape collection.
The tape was donated to the Dalhousie University Archives in 2013 by the Centre for Art Tapes.
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Item consists of a video recording entitled "Blue hammer, door knocking, and I don’t even try". This recording has been described as: "These projects centre around a form of transaction or exchange. In the performance piece Blue Hammer I have gone to a hardware store and created an “activated situation” by holding a promotional test. I have asked the customers to tell me which hammer they prefer and then they can take a free blue plaster hammer which I have made. As the piece continue the lines are blurred and there is confusion about which role each of us belongs to. On this occasion I am examining how our individual needs and freedoms are altered on a daily basis as we move between public and commercial spaces. (taken from liner notes)."
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See also MS-3-46.2018-014, BD Box 44, Item 35 (Mini DV videocassette).
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Video can be viewed at the Dalhousie University Archives. Advance notice is required.
Copyright is held by the artist.
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Descriptive information was originally prepared on July 13, 2012 by Jaimie Fedorak. The archival description was revised on August 14, 2015 by the Dalhousie University Archives.
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