Item MS-3-46, 1985-005A - Debert bunker: by invitation only

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Debert bunker: by invitation only

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Liz MacDougall

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MS-3-46, 1985-005A

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  • 1985 (Creation)
    MacDougall, Liz

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1 videocassette (35 min.) : col., VHS, stereo

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Liz MacDougall is an independent media artist based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. MacDougall received a BFA in Media Arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1984, and a BS in Sociology in 1977 from Saint Mary’s University. She worked as a video director, producer, editor and media arts educator before moving to interactive media in 1996.

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

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Item is a video work created by Liz MacDougall and produced by Centre for Art Tapes and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Debert Bunker: By Invitation Only was described as the following: The occasion of this tape was a military coordinated rehearsal of emergency measure in the event of a nuclear war. This dry-run, which had officials (mostly men) seeking shelter from fall-out that the underground bunker at Debert, NS might provide, became the focus of non-violent collective activism from several maritime-based affinity groups (mostly women). The narrative alternates action footage with commentary from group representatives. The intention was that of describing and documenting the processes and symbolic gestures employed by each group. Women from the action had not previously used video made important contributions to production. The tape uses interviews intercut with live dramatic performance, live ritual, live footage. as well as stills and medical clips. Voice-over and live sound are both used.

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  • English

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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 54, Folder 11, Item 4 for and MS-3-46, Box PB3, Folder 1 for photographic stills from the Debert Bunker video. See also MS-3-46, Box 25, Folder 5 for materials regarding radiation testing in Debert, Nova Scotia.

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Copyright is held by Liz MacDougall.

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