A slide-tape work (often slide-tape presentation) is an audiovisual work consisting of a slide show using a filmstrip machine with synchronised accompanying audio, traditionally audio tape. These have frequently been used for education and for tourism, but also include artistic uses.
As the terminology indicates, this originated and is particularly associated with a particular technological era, namely the mid-to-late 20th century, where magnetic tape and slide projectors were common, but digital audio (such as compact discs) and digital projectors or video were not. Even with the advent of video tapes in the 1970s and 1980s, producing videos was significantly more difficult than producing a slide show, and image quality of videos were significantly lower than for slides, resulting in slide-tape works continuing to be used into the 1980s and 1990s.
Analog slide-tape works have declined in use in the developed world, though digital ones continue to be produced, and can now be created with photo slideshow software. Analog use continues in countries in the less developed world.
- James Coleman – artist