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Sex Lives and Videotape

Sex Lives and Videotape

Sex Lives and Videotape

Sex Lives and Videotape Poster

Exhibit dates:

Thursday, May 8, 2014 to Friday, June 6, 2014

Reception date & time:

Thursday, May 8, 6:00pm

Description:

Sex Lives and Videotape is the latest in a series of interactive community events exploring the diverse materiality of artifacts within The ArQuives. As a collector of objects, The ArQuives acknowledges that it is not only the content of those objects that is significant to the history of LGBTQ+ culture in Canada, but also their form. The ArQuives was founded in 1973. As it has grown and evolved over time, so has the technology by which queer communities documented their progress. Many of these earlier technologies, pioneered within the 70s and 80s, are presently nearing obsolescence, making now the perfect time to reflect on the relationship between an object’s “medium” and its “message”.

In advance of The ArQuives’s WorldPride 2014 exhibition, Imaging Home: Resistance, Migration and Contradiction, which employs the home video as one means of representing the queer Diaspora, Sex Lives and Videotape takes a broad look at the medium of VHS and the role it played in furthering the LGBTQ+ agenda. It offers the viewer the opportunity to experience footage within The ArQuives’s substantial VHS collection, while contemplating the role that home and independent video played in recording and disseminating Canadian queer history. It also creates a link between the contemporary viewer and the pre-YouTube era of personal video production, by allowing the visitor to record their commentary to VHS tape.

Biographies:
Curator: Sarah Munro is a Toronto-based archivist, arts administrator, writer and curator. She holds a BFA in photography from Ryerson University as well as an MA in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management. Sarah Munro acts as Outreach Coordinator for the Ontario Jewish Archives, as well as Book Reviews Editor for the Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art’s biannual publication, Prefix Photo magazine. She also plays an advisory role within the Genocide Archive of Rwanda.

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Sex Lives and Videotape

Sex Lives and Videotape

Sex Lives and Videotape Poster

Exhibit dates:

Thursday, May 8, 2014 to Friday, June 6, 2014

Reception date & time:

Thursday, May 8, 6:00pm

Description:

Sex Lives and Videotape is the latest in a series of interactive community events exploring the diverse materiality of artifacts within The ArQuives. As a collector of objects, The ArQuives acknowledges that it is not only the content of those objects that is significant to the history of LGBTQ+ culture in Canada, but also their form. The ArQuives was founded in 1973. As it has grown and evolved over time, so has the technology by which queer communities documented their progress. Many of these earlier technologies, pioneered within the 70s and 80s, are presently nearing obsolescence, making now the perfect time to reflect on the relationship between an object’s “medium” and its “message”.

In advance of The ArQuives’s WorldPride 2014 exhibition, Imaging Home: Resistance, Migration and Contradiction, which employs the home video as one means of representing the queer Diaspora, Sex Lives and Videotape takes a broad look at the medium of VHS and the role it played in furthering the LGBTQ+ agenda. It offers the viewer the opportunity to experience footage within The ArQuives’s substantial VHS collection, while contemplating the role that home and independent video played in recording and disseminating Canadian queer history. It also creates a link between the contemporary viewer and the pre-YouTube era of personal video production, by allowing the visitor to record their commentary to VHS tape.

Biographies:
Curator: Sarah Munro is a Toronto-based archivist, arts administrator, writer and curator. She holds a BFA in photography from Ryerson University as well as an MA in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management. Sarah Munro acts as Outreach Coordinator for the Ontario Jewish Archives, as well as Book Reviews Editor for the Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art’s biannual publication, Prefix Photo magazine. She also plays an advisory role within the Genocide Archive of Rwanda.

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Toronto, ON M4Y 1N1

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NOTE TO RESEARCHERS:

Some of our materials are stored off site. Before visiting the archives, please send us an email at queeries@arquives.ca listing in detail the topics and sources that you wish to consult and we will let you know when they will be available. We aim to respond to email inquiries within 4 business days.

CONSTRUCTION NOTICE:

As we continue our efforts to make The ArQuives more accessible, we are renovating the front of the house to add a ramp to the front entrance. Please note that there will not be any construction work done during public service hours. Should there be any disruptions affecting our access to the front door and/or work in the house during this process, we will post a notice as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we try to make The ArQuives more accessible to all. If you have any questions/concerns, please contact the Executive Director, Raegan Swanson, at executivedirector@arquives.ca


The ArQuives is located on the lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Haudenosaunee, the Anishnaabe and the Huron-Wendat. Today, Toronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

The ArQuives strives to gather the stories of the unheard and silenced voices of the 2SLGBTQ+ first peoples of this land. We acknowledge that some stories have already been lost, and we aim to ensure that those that remain and those that are to come are preserved for the future.