Reeling backward: the haptics of a medium and the queerness of obsolescence

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dc.contributor.author Wagner, Travis L.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-31T12:12:00Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-31T12:52:18Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Wagner, T. L. (2019) 'Reeling backward: the haptics of a medium and the queerness of obsolescence', Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 16, pp. 67-79. en
dc.identifier.issued 16
dc.identifier.startpage 67
dc.identifier.endpage 79
dc.identifier.issn 2009-4078
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/7398
dc.description.abstract This article considers the haptics of queer activist footage shot on video, and more specifically footage shot on magnetic media. Despite ideal methods of care, magnetic media faces extreme concern from a preservation standpoint. As a format that is both subject to rampant deterioration (known colloquially as “sticky shed”) and obsolescence (with the ceasing VCR production), the queer activist videotape is an archival artefact irretrievably stuck in a liminal space. To play a tape is to contribute to its destruction, yet to not play the tape is to overlook potentially unique moments in queer history. As such, this article explores the very thing that is the videotape, an item latent with queer potentialities and reminders of queer failure. By approaching the ethical implications of magnetic media and the iterative nature of using magnetic media as a recording method, the article examines this format as key figure in rhetorics of queer time. Infused with archival discourses of the desire for a queer historic touch (borrowing as the title suggests from Heather Love’s Feeling Backward), the article lands decidedly on the side of caution, noting that each move to save queer history chronicled on the failed format of video is to destroy the very thing it longs to embrace. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Film and Screen Media, University College Cork
dc.relation.uri http://www.alphavillejournal.com/Issue16/ArticleWagner.pdf
dc.rights © 2019, The Author(s). This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subject Queer archives en
dc.subject Obsolescence en
dc.subject Archival ethics en
dc.subject Temporality en
dc.subject Magnetic media en
dc.subject Queer history en
dc.title Reeling backward: the haptics of a medium and the queerness of obsolescence en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Travis L. Wagner, School of Library and Information Sciences, University of South Carolina en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media en
dc.identifier.journalabbrev Alphaville


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