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After all this time, isn't it still 'about time'? Artists' work in slide-tape in the UK since the 1970s

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posted on 25.11.2019, 10:17 by Mary WhiteMary White

This article will address the use of slide-tape by artists during the 1970s and 1980s in the United Kingdom. Slide-tape is seen now as a form that was abandoned and barely worthy of mention by critics and historians, and so has been largely elided in the literature. However, it is significant in the UK for being used by a number of key and emerging artists during the period, where it became a distinctive approach to using image and sound. The aesthetic qualities of slide-tape and the physical presence of media apparatus were exploited in both its performance and installation by a range of artists who are associated with experimental approaches to time-based media. It was also developed as a critical tool by women artists and black artists, and this too is overlooked and that moment forgotten. Overall, artists work in this form has been ignored. I speculate on the reasons why this has happened, having recounted some key points in its development and make an argument for its contribution to artists’ moving image media, whose histories are still being written.


History

School

  • Design and Creative Arts

Department

  • Creative Arts

Published in

Open Screens

Volume

2

Issue

1

Pages

1 - 15

Publisher

Open Library of Humanities

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The author

Publisher statement

This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

Acceptance date

14/08/2019

Publication date

2019-12-19

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

2516-2888

eISSN

2516-2888

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Mary White. Deposit date: 22 November 2019

Article number

3