Item MS-3-46, 1987-016C - Exclusive memory : Sleeping robot variations

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Exclusive memory : Sleeping robot variations

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  • Moving images

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Tom Sherman

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MS-3-46, 1987-016C

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  • 1987 (Creation)
    Sherman, Tom, 1947-

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1 videocassette (62 min.) : U-matic, col., NTSC

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Biographical history

Tom Sherman is a media artist who received his BFA from Eastern Michigan University in 1970. Sherman moved to Canada in 1972, and ran artist-run centres, created media works, and became a regular on-air contributor to CBC before becoming associated with the Centre for Art Tapes in Halifax in the late 1970s and 1980s. The CFAT tape collection are video artworks and videos relating to larger exhibitions that happened in Halifax by Sherman. Sherman is currently a professor at Syracruse University, where he teaches video and media history, theory and production.

Custodial history

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

Scope and content

Item consists of a silent video by Tom Sherman. Originally conceived of as an installation, “Exclusive Memory” is based on excerpts of a 6 hour monologue by Sherman to a machine, a computer-based video sensing robot, created by the artist.

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  • English

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

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

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See MS-3-46, Box 21, Folder 10 for more information on the "Exclusive Memory" installation, including artist statements, installation details, and correspondence with CFAT regarding the exhibition and its installation. This video is part of a series by Tom Sherman, which also includes MS-3-46, 1987-016A, 016B, and 016D.

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