General video about the Axlegrease Public Access ¾” U-matic Tape Collection and its preservation.
About the Project: Axlegrease, the U-matic Tape Years
In 1987 Squeaky Wheel began producing a public access cable program called Axlegrease – a weekly installment of curated selections of experimental video art and documentary films from a wide array of local and national artists through artist, collective, and/or public access partner submission. Axlegrease, the U-matic Tape Years is a unique collection of digitized ¾” tapes with significant historical and cultural value.
An affectionate play on Squeaky Wheel’s name, Axlegrease was created for Western New York's public access cable systems and channels, and was broadcast on a weekly basis in the region and on partner public access cable stations throughout the nation. The collection focuses on work spanning 1987 to 1999 (a.k.a. the U-matic Years), and includes a diverse and inclusive pool of internationally renowned artists and media artworks.
Thanks to generous support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and their Recordings at Risk grant, from 2019-2020 Squeaky Wheel’s Archive Committee has been able to work with Media Transfer Services in Rochester, NY to digitize the at-risk ¾” U-matic tapes in the Axlegrease collection so that it can be accessible and preserved for future generations.
For more info, please visit: squeaky.org/exhibitions-events/squeaky-wheel-axle-grease-archive/