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Modus Arts presents

Tape Letters - exhibition launch

Sunday 8 July

In a nutshell

An exhibition launch shining light on the use of cassette tapes as a communication tool by the British Pakistani community

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TAPE LETTERS is an oral history project aiming to identify, collect and archive messages sent on audio cassette tape by families who migrated to the UK from Pakistan between 1960-1980. The project seeks to unearth, archive and re/present this unusual but practical method of communication carried out by first-wave Punjabi (specifically Pothwari dialect) speaking Pakistanis who settled in Britain, shining light on family life and their experience of migration via the informal and intimate conversations recorded on tape.

Who's Involved

Modus Arts

Modus Arts is a sound arts organisation based in London, drawing on inter-disciplinary and collaborative approaches to developing sound-based artworks encompassing installations, live performances, acousmatic music, graphical music scores, and sound sculptures.

What people are saying

'I can recall the sound of my mum’s voice when she used to record messages on the tape machine in the living room. It was sort of monotonous and she used to go on about ordinary domestic stuff .I always thought she didn’t have enough to say to fill the tapes' - Umaira Fiyaz

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Follow: @TapeLetters

Things you should know

Suitable for all ages

The Tape Letters exhibition runs Thu 5 - Sun 29 Jul - find out more here

This event is wheelchair accessible.