16mm projectors are used to show 16mm movies. These are one of three main types of projector, the other two being 8mm and 35mm. The more millimeters the film has, the larger the surface on which it can be projected without the quality becoming unacceptable.

16mm film is very important for media collage artists because there is a vast quantity of "abandoned" 16mm film in the West that can be bought cheaply or that is even given away, due to the move towards newer media. What's more, this format is often used for semi-professional films like anti-drunken-driving movies, which have few lawyers waiting around to sue on intellectual property counts, and which are often inherently surreal on some level, thus lending themselves well to collage.

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