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Recording TV – A VHS Tape Collection Project
錄電視 : 錄影帶集藏計劃

On-going Project, presented in the exhibition, No References - A Revisit of Hong Kong Video and Media Art from 1985, in 2016 

↵  curations

It was once common in Hong Kong to record TV programmes with VHS tapes at home. This project was inspired by an extensive VHS tape collection belonging to an owner who meticulously recorded hundreds of Hong Kong TV programmes from the 80s through to the 2000s. Much to the dismay of his family, this owner has refused to discard the collection of tapes although he no longer uses a VHS machine. The contents of these tapes can in fact be seen as a negotiated archive of familial memories, media and pop culture as well as the society-at-large during the period. The collection, filtered by technical depreciation, random re-use throughout the years as well as the conscious selections of two familial generations, represent valuable access to slices of history that are now obsolete. Through digitalizing and archiving these tapes, this project regains access to their contents, such that further studies (e.g. the culture of recording TV and safekeeping technical artifacts) and curation can be conducted.


VHS tapes collection : Mr Lam and family

Digitalization and TV-film advisor: William Yuen

Display installation : Yiu Kwun-ho





solomon yu artist hong kong 余迪文 香港 藝術家 余廸文

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