Scrivener's Monthly: Hazel Meyer and Cait McKinney Performing "Tape Condition: degraded"

Nov 17, 2018

Performance, Talk


Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front


2:00 p.m.


Presented as part of Scrivener’s Monthly, Hazel Meyer and Cait McKinney’s lecture performance Tape Condition: degraded investigated the community-based work of collecting, preserving, and providing ethical forms of digital access to archives of queer porn. Unfolding over five parts, their hour-long presentation revolved around Slumberparty (1984), a DIY 8mm porn made by a Toronto-based lesbian collective in response to censorship. The film was only screened twice before being recovered in 2016. McKinney and Meyer discussed the practical and ethical labour behind figuring out how to archive and screen this forgotten reel, while also sharing past collaborative projects that explored these questions. 

Scrivener’s Monthly was a series of public presentations that explored the space between material practices and spoken words. Set alongside exhibitions at Western Front, this experiment in “not publishing” involved readings, performances, and other articulations.

Video documentation of this talk is available upon request.


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