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Re: [AV Media Matters] tape baking

Actually I usually find the sticky shed tapes have a distinctly sticky feel
to them if you just try to rub your finger along a small portion of it.

It may also leave a slight residue on your skin. I hope it is not toxic...

Joe Salerno-A Battery is Always on Charge!
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----- Original Message -----
From: <smolians@erols.com>
To: <AV-Media-Matters@topica.com>
Sent: Wednesday, December 22, 1999 6:15 PM
Subject: Re: [AV Media Matters] tape baking

> Heck.  We still have no way of identifying what tape has sticky shed
> problems until it is played- or did I miss something.
> Steve Smolian
> -----Original Message-----
> From: RealW@CarnegieMuseums.Org <RealW@CarnegieMuseums.Org>
> To: AV-Media-Matters@topica.com <AV-Media-Matters@topica.com>
> Date: Wednesday, December 22, 1999 2:04 PM
> Subject: RE: [AV Media Matters] tape baking
>>Jim Lindner wrote:
>>"Most often we are concerned about the material that is recorded on the
> tape
>>but not about the artifact itself - but that is not always the case. In
> some
>>cases there is great value to the original artifact - and baking any
>>artifact or doing other types of things like this is a major issue in the
>>conservatorial world.  I had the fortune of working on Andy Warhol's
>>original videotapes.... if there were nothing on them - they still had
>>artifact value.  Is it appropriate to bake tapes such as these?  That is an
>>open question and I would be interested in hearing what people think."
>>Readers of this list might be interested to know that many conservators
>>refer to a document, the AIC Code of Ethics, for guidance in making sound
>>decisions about how to treat the objects entrusted to them. The document can
>>be found at http://conservation-us.org/pubs/ethics.html
>>Readers might also be interested to know that conservators often employ
>>methods that, in untrained hands, could indeed be disastrous, but are not in
>>themselves necessarily inappropriate conservation techniques. These include,
>>for example, heating and humidifying paintings, washing works of art on
>>paper, and cleaning sculptures with lasers.
>>An overriding principle in the conservation profession is that there are no
>>individual techniques that are appropriate in every instance. The decision
>>about what method to use is guided by careful judgement based on the
>>characteristics of the object to be treated, the goals of the treatment, and
>>the experience and ability of the conservator.
>>In the case of baking polyester recording media vs. other treatment methods,
>>it would be interesting to have some quantifiable information to supplement
>>the useful empirical and anecdotal information that has so far been shared
>>on this list. It should be possible, for example, to articulate how baking
>>alters, if at all, the other materials (besides the signal and the binder)
>>present in the physical "artifact" that might have some cultural value of
>>its own.
>>William Real

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