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Guide to the Lloyd Dunn Papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1980-1990
Creator: Dunn, Lloyd (1957-)
Extent: 12.00 linear feet.
Collection Number: MSC0520
Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Summary: Publisher of Retrofuturist and PhotoStatic magazines and member of collage music groups the Tape-beatles and Public Works. The collection includes audio cassettes as well as two boxes of videotapes and a number of small art works which incorporate audio cassettes.

Access: This collection is open for research.

Use: Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Acquisition: This collection was donated by Lloyd Dunn in May 2000.

Preferred Citation: Papers of Lloyd Dunn, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Address: Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5921
Curator: Greg Prickman

Lloyd John Dunn was born in Harlan, Iowa on November 10, 1957. He received a B.A. in Linguistics in 1981 and an M.F.A. in Film, Photography, and Intermedia in 1987, both from the University of Iowa. He began publishing Photo Static Magazine in Iowa City in 1983. Other publications that Dunn was involved with include Retrofuturist, YAWN, The Bulletin of the Copyright Violation Squad, The Expatriot, PSRF, and The Photostatic Magazine Retrograde Archive. In 1986 he began making audio art and, with Ralph Johnson and John Heck, he formed the group the Tape-beatles.

As of May 2001 Dunn had moved to Prague, Czech Republic, and maintains a website at

At the time of the gift, Dunn wrote, "I . . .amassed [during the 1980s] a significant collection of audio cassettes from the 'Home Taper' underground movement. These are tapes made by committed amateur musicians and sound artists that were self-published and self-distributed in editions numbering anywhere from 1 to perhaps a few hundred copies." The collection includes two boxes of videotapes and a number of small art works which incorporate audio cassettes.

Boxes 1-14 contain audio cassettes,Viedo boxes 1 and 2 contain video tapes and document Boxes 1-3 contain paper based materials.

The collection is arranged by format, since housing the different formats made this desirable. Series I, the largest series, contains audio cassettes. Tape supplements to PhotoStatic entitled Phonostatic are also available in the collection. A tape series entitled Radiostatic is also in the collection. These are radio shows that Dunn produced that contain works from artists whose tapes are included in the collection. A collection of CDs makes up Series II. Series III is comprised of Mixed Media, including paper and 45 vinyl recordings. Miscellaneous items make up Series IV. Dunn's PhotoStatic magazine is also available in this collection and makes up Series V. Series VII contains periodicals and zines that relate to the cassette culture, including independent music magazines. This is a series that also explores the photocopier as a means of expression and includes the work of other artists that Dunn worked with. Artists that are strongly represented include Jean-Francoise Robic, a photocopier artist from France whose series C'est la Faute aux Copies is included in the collection. Several of John Oswald's Mystery Tapes Laboratory are also included in the collection.
Public Works Productions, there are several interviews with Dunn at this site:

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This collection is indexed under the following subject terms.

Twentieth Century Avant-Garde Art
Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts (ATCA)