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date: 10 July 2020

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This chapter develops ideas from an artist’s residency exploring VHS video rental as a feature of changing spatial practices informed by forces of material-social agency and economies of mark-making. It addresses the circularity of relations between the materiality of VHS technology, the engineered recordings it has potentiated, the practices both of these have afforded, and the transformative effects of such practices on its materiality as they are evidenced in degrading picture and sound quality as archaeological trace. Drawing on posthumanist approaches to materiality and meaning-making as enmeshed fields of emergent, provisional, intra-determining boundaries, the chapter collides differing registers of research and reflection to provoke connective thinking about and partially comprising the form of a specified VHS rental tape as a distribution of properties and relations.

Keywords: VHS, magnetic recording, trace, degradation, posthumanism, aesthetics, relational ontology, semiosis, indexicality, performativity

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