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Explaining pictures to dead air

Item is a video recording of the tele-performance Explaining Pictures to Dead Air by Clive Robertson. The performance was a live cablecast specifically created for the Fifth Network/Cinquiéme Réseau conference held in Toronto, Ontario from September 7-10, 1978. The title is a reference to a performance piece How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare presented by the German artist Joseph Beuys on November 26, 1965 at the Galerie Schmela in Düsseldorf. Robertson's performance was written specifically for the Fifth Network conference and asked the question: Would network news be any different if it was read by Joseph Beuys? The performance ends with a pre-recorded conversation between Robertson and Beuys on the topic of artists using television.

Robertson, Clive, 1946-

Past future split attention, Performer audience sequence

Item is a Betacam SP videocassette that contains two video works created by Dan Graham in 1976 : Past future split attention (17 min., 25 sec.) and Performer / audience / sequence (45 min. 11 sec.). The first work was performed in London's Lisson Gallery in March 1972. The performance is a project of restructuring space and time, where two people are in the same space, and while one predicts the other person's behaviour, the other recalls the other person's past behaviour. The second work was performed at Artist's Space, New York in January 1976. In this performance, Graham stands in front of a mirror, facing the audience, and tells the audience his movements and their meanings. Videocassette was dubbed from a U-matic sub-master to Betacam SP by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Centre for Art Tapes screened the work in 1979.

Graham, Dan, 1942-

Past future split attention, Performer audience sequence

Item is a U-matic videocassette that contains two video works created by Dan Graham in 1976 : Past future split attention (17 min., 25 sec.) and Performer / audience / sequence (45 min. 11 sec.). The first work was performed in London's Lisson Gallery in March 1972. The performance is a project of restructuring space and time, where two people are in the same space, and while one predicts the other person's behaviour, the other recalls the other person's past behaviour. The second work was performed at Artist's Space, New York in January 1976. In this performance, Graham stands in front of a mirror, facing the audience, and tells the audience his movements and their meanings. Videocassette was dubbed to Betacam SP by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Videocassettes are accompanied by four pages explaining the video works. Centre for Art Tapes screened the work in 1979.

Graham, Dan, 1942-

Le Magra

Item is a documentary work created by Pierre Falardeau and Julian Poulin about the police academy in Nicolet. The Centre for Art Tapes screened the work with Pea Soup in 1980.

Falardeau, Pierre

Televizion tapes

Item consists of four video works : Night time photographs by Katherine Knight as well as a series titled Televizion Tapes by John Currie. Series consists of : Sylivia (17 min.), Blow Job (Rubber Dickey) A Soap Opera (4 min.) and Texas John (16 min.). Photographs and videos where exhibited by Centre for Art Tapes in 1980.

Knight, Katherine

Room for a co-op

Item is a video work produced by Barry Burley and Fred Ward. Rex Tasker was the executive producer. The video was edited by Barry Burley in 1977. The work is about the Prince Edward Island Marine Plants Cooperative and was screened by the Centre for Art Tapes during a 1978 exhibition of Robert Bean photographs.

Burley, Barry

Explaining art

Item is a set of two videos that documents a multi-media performance. In the performance, Clive Robertson dresses as Joseph Beuys while reading the news.

Robertson, Clive, 1946-

The black and white tapes

Item consists of three video works created by John Orentlicher and Tom Sherman created between 1978 and 1979. The video works are a series titled The black and white tapes and include : 2 + 1 +1, Because it's my image - Watching the leatherman, and She and she. Videos were screened by Centre for Art Tapes in 1980. The Centre for Art Tapes described the videos as the following: 2 + 1 + 1: a nude woman lies on a bed, stroking a dog that lies beside her. Voiceover is a description of sexual imagery repeated several times, first by a man, then a woman, then together. Because it's My Image - Watching the Leatherman: a black man gets dressed up in his leather gear, S &M Style. We hear him describing his garments, but the main audio is a voice that talks about television, voyeurism. She and She: a woman strips, gets into some kind of odd metal breastplate and codpiece, she skips the metal pieces. During this segment, a female voice talks about sharing space, the audience trusting the character and vice versa.

Orentlicher, John

On Air

Item consists of four video works in the series On air, created by Susan Britton : Love Hurts (10 min., 1977); ...and a woman (6 min., 1978); Don’t get cute (8 min., 1978); Tango (7 min., 1976). Centre for Art Tapes exhibition of her photographs and videos in 1978.

Britton, Susan

Operating room scrub

Item is a video work of a filmed performance by Theodore Wan called Operating room scrub, an installation by Victoria General Hospital called Sculpture: Calling attention to a space. It was edited from Operating room scrub by Dalhousie University surgery department. Case also contains postcard for installation as well as a note about the installation.

Wan, Theodore, 1953-1987

Operating room scrub

Item is a Betacam SP videocassette created by Theodore Wan as part of installation at the Victoria General Hospital called Sculpture: Calling attention to a space. It was edited from Operating room scrub by Dalhousie University surgery department.

Wan, Theodore, 1953-1987

Lunar Re-Appraisal

Item consists of a video recording by Clive Robertson entitled "Lunar Re-Appraisal". The work describes the fictional story of a woman astro-scientist who was meant to travel to the moon in 1969 using factual information about the NASA manned space program.

Robertson, Clive, 1946-

Guysborough county

Item is a video created by Barry Burley in 1979. The video looks at the problems of the people of Guysborough County, Nova Scotia. Video was screened at Centre for Art Tapes in 1979.

Burley, Barry

Coke adds life?

Item is a video created by Dean Johnstone as part of a Nova Scotia College of Art and Design Project. Lighting by David Wigmore and Effects: B. McCarvell
Performers include: Buell, Cole, Cousins, Genge, Johnstone, McCarvell, McInnis, Mclean, Parslow, Picard, Pidgeon, Semple, Steward, Wigmore.

Johnstone, Dean

Prose readings

Item consists of two video works created by Mike Riggio (director), John Doyle (camera), and Paul Wadden (writer and performer). Video includes two selections of prose readings : Far greater love on a far greater bay and One of the boys. Video is from Memorial University Art Tapes. Far Great Love is a video of man drinking with English accent reminiscing of a great love. One of the Boys is about a man with heavy Newfoundland accent telling story.

Wadden, Paul

Unknown, untitled #1

Item is a video created by Amy Pfeiffer, Unknown, untitled #1 made in 1978. The content is described as: Man goes into china shop, steals - intercut: video tape of television screen, apples in hand, hands next to loaded dinner plate at dining table.

Pfeiffer, Amy

Tele-Video : Four Halifax artists

Item consists of four video works part of Videos are of Tele-video : Four Halifax artists : To Russia with love by Madelaine Palko (15 min., 45 sec.), Commercial by Andrea Birkets (3 min., 16 sec.), Information morning by David Short (6 min., 53 sec.) and Embodiments of mind 2 by Edward Slopek. Tele-video was screened by Centre for Art Tapes in 1981.

Birkets, Andrea

TVideo and East on the 401

Items consists of two video works created by Tom Sherman : "TVideo" (1980) and "East on the 401", which was formerly titled "You can't watch television and drive a care at the same time" (1978). "TVideo" is a video performance where Tom Sherman discusses a fictional end to his career. The work was created in 1980 and was produced in Toronto, set in Montreal, and shot in Syracuse, New York. The work was originally created for broadcast on "Television by Artists", produced by John Watt and the Fine Arts Broadcast Service. "East on the 401" depicts driving on a highway from the driver's perspective, creating a trance-like quality.

Sherman, Tom, 1947-

TVideo

Item is a video performance where Tom Sherman discusses a fictional end to his career. The work was created in 1980 and was produced in Toronto, set in Montreal, and shot in Syracuse, New York. The work was originally created for broadcast on "Television by Artists", produced by John Watt and the Fine Arts Broadcast Service.

Sherman, Tom, 1947-

Ecstasy unlimited

Item is a video work created by Laura Kipnis in 1980. According to a conversation with Liz MacDougall on February 11th, 2007, the tape was the artists final NSCAD project. The video is about prostitution, sex, and power.

Kipnis, Laura

Embodiments of mind 2

Item is a video work created by Edward Slopek in 1980. The Centre for Art Tapes screened the work along with Trotz and videos by by Penny Brown. The video explores the correlation between the speed of neural wave patterns in the human brain and the repetitive qualities found in video signals.

Slopek, Edward

Four videos by Gerard Dowland

Item consists of four video works created by Gerard Dowland in 1980 : Obscured views from the horizon; Animation edits; Kinergy; Rainbow in curved air. The Centre for Art Tapes screened the work 1980.

Dowland, Gerard

Beta tape for exquisite archives

Item consists of video works created by various artists between 1980 and 1986. Videos include: Embodiments of the mind 2 by Edward Slopek (3 min., 11 sec.); Wall to Wall by Eric Cameron (11 min.); Cheyene a romance by Liz MacDougall and Andy Dowden (3 min., 55 sec.); A car the road and a camera, by Daniel Lander (2 min., 6 sec.); Beautiful Beasts by Kathy Tanney (5 min., 6 sec.).

Dowden, Andy

Walls performance

Item is a video work created by Sherry Lee Hunter and Syliva Lee Saunders of a performance in 1981. The Centre for Art Tapes held the performance in 1981.

Saunders, Sylvia Lee

The heart shape

Item is a video work created by Andy Dowden in 1982. This video uses snippets of songs with the word “love” and scenes from soap operas to comment upon the state of love.

Dowden, Andy

Coming out strong

Item is a video work created by Dawna Proudman, Rozanne LePine, Tradewinds Film Co-op (Ottawa) in 1982. The Centre for Art Tapes screened the work as part of International Women's Week programming in 1982. The video documents the production of a play which is a socially conscious study of black immigrant women working in domestic situations. The director and producer teach these non-actors how to emote, react, etc. There are also brief clips of the actual play.

Proudman, Dawna

Jeremy Welsh video compilation

Item consists of seven video works by Jeremy Welsh : B (12 min.); Still dancing (5 min., 30 sec.); Insomnia (14 min., 30 sec.); The drummer (5 min.); These days everyobody is a conceptualist (9 min., 30 sec.); that elusive quality of romance (part two) extract from 30 min. ambient video installation; In re Don Giovanni (with Michael Nyman).

Beautiful beasts

Item is a video work created by Kathy Tanney in 1983. Video is of a conversation between male and female characters, over visuals of Christ and E.T. Snippets of music, character talking about her mother, Marianne Faithfull over romance comics and someone beating an animal doll.

Tanney, Kathy

Articulated gap

Item is a video work created by Edward Slopek in 1983. The video is of a close-up of a speaking mouth, repeating a short philosophical blurb by Sir Alistair Hardy. Each time the speaker repeats, he seems to drop bits of words, making the passage of text more and more disjointed and garbled. In the end, it no longer has the appearance of spoken English. This is accompanied by an irritating single-note, high-pitched drone, which further alienates the viewer.

Slopek, Edward

The thirty second effect

Item is a video work created by Carolyn Lounder, Micah Lexier, David MacDonald, and Liz MacDougall in 1983. According to a conversation with Liz MacDougall on February 11th, 2007, this tape was a Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) Summer Project.

Lexier, Micah, 1960-

Halifax Independent Producers series (1 of 5)

Item consists of two video works : Relative activities by Paula Fairfield ; Doing nothing with somebody by Micah Lexier in 1984. Videos were produced through the Centre for Art Tapes. Videos part of Halifax Independent Producers series (1 of 5).

Lexier, Micah, 1960-

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