Hanging out at home for the holidays? Why not rummage around in the attic or basement to find your old video tapes and bring them to Home Video Day! Attendees are invited to bring a tape to be projected for the audience, or to simply show up and enjoy what’s on the screen. Videos will run the gamut from birthdays, parties, pageants, weddings, sports, movie re-enactments, to who knows what!
We invite you to laugh and cry at the touching and beguiling world of home movies. Even if you don’t have any tapes, please come and enjoy.
The event is 6-8pm, but you can drop in at any time. Not only is it free, there will be snacks!!
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E Chicago Ave, in the Commons
When: Tuesday January 14, 6-8pm, drop by any time
Admission: Programs in the Commons are always free! Museum admission is required for gallery access.
How: The rules are simple – bring your VHS, VHS-C, Hi-8, Video 8 or Mini-DV cassette to the team of inspectors, who will make whatever repairs are necessary to ensure the tape is playable, and can answer your questions about videotape care and digitization. Contributors can choose to cue up the tape to begin at a particular point or simply let the it play out at random. Each submission will receive 5 minutes of screening time, and patrons will have time to introduce their tape beforehand if they wish, or to narrate along with the action on screen.
Chicago Home Video Day is organized by Media Burn Archive and Video Data Bank, a group of dedicated local A/V archivists, including Sara Chapman, Tom Colley, Dan Erdman, Carolyn Faber, Kristin MacDonough, and Jeff Martin, with Assistant Curator Christy Lemaster and the Public Performance team at the Museum of Contemporary Art.