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Hot Art: What Happens When Cassette Tapes Become Art?

Just one of the unique pieces in "Slow Dance." Photo credit: Karen Jordon, Acetate #1, 2009, cassette slip sheets, celluloid tape.

Ever felt nostalgia for the good old cassette tape? Karen Jord0n’s exhibit, “Slow Dance,” on at Karsh-Masson Gallery until April 8, draws attention to everything the cassette tape represented in the past — intimacy, music, personal touches — and what it represents today — outdated technology, plastic waste, and a symbol of how fast innovation moves. As you walk through this exhibit, you’ll see installations made of different pieces of discarded cassettes, and yet, eerily, you will hear nothing but silence.

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