To resonate with the RECORD>AGAIN! 40yearsvideoart.de- Part 2 Exhibition, a selection of works from the REWIND|Artists’ Video in the 1970s & 1980s collection at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design will be presented for this screening programme. The selected works span the period from the 1970s to the early 1990s and draw on themes revolving around the relationships between the self , the state, the media and the environment. Highlights include the influential British video artist David Hall’s work that interjects throughout the screening programme, Hall has recently received a lifetime achievement award at the Samsung Media Art Awards. Details of the programme are at the base of this page.
RECORD>AGAIN! 40yearsvideoart.de- Part 2 is the second phase of a remarkable project40jahrevideokunst.de, initiated by the German Federal Cultural Foundation in 2006. Under the direction of ZKM Karlsruhe (Centre for Art & Media Technology), five leading German museums have worked in collaboration for the realisation of the project, which aims to preserve, restore and disseminate one of the most influential art forms of the 20th century; Video Art.
Including many works that have not been seen for decades, the exhibition features over 40 outstanding video pieces made between 1968 and 2008. Highlights include a rare work by Ulrike Rosenbach with her partner at the time, Klaus vom Bruch, the boxing match from 1972 that Joseph Beuys participated in at the documenta 5, and the first video synthesizer collages by Walter Schröder-Limmer.
The exhibition focuses exclusively on the medium of video and the core mission of the project, which is preservation, not canonisation. Many works from the history of video were considered untraceable, lost or no longer playable. The project’s main concern is to save these works from deteriorating while at the same time reconstructing the history of the video movement as a whole.
The REWIND: Artists’ Video in the 70s & 80s research project at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design provides a meaningful context for this exhibition to be shown at Centrespace at Visual Research Centre, DJCAD. The REWIND project through its focus on video works of the 1970s and 1980s provides a resource to address the gap in historical knowledge of the evolution of electronic media arts in the UK. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) it has investigated, conserved and archived over 450 single screen and installation works from the first two decades of artists’ works in video. Building upon the success of REWIND UK, a new funding support from the AHRC enables the project team to embark on REWINDItalia; a 28-month project that explores the important history and narratives of video art activity in Italy between 1968 and 1994.
* The exhibition and In-conversation event are presented in association with Goethe-Institut Glasgow
More about REWIND:
REWIND project website http://www.rewind.ac.uk/ includes a database with detailed information, technical information, ephemera, reviews and critical texts on the artists & works, paper archive, interviews, oral testimony, clips and still images from all the works with searchable index. The masters viewing copies form the basis of REWIND I Artists’ Video Collection, for curatorial, scholarly and public access at the Visual Research Centre, Dundee Contemporary Arts and Central St Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London.
A REWIND publication will be produced in 2012 (published for UK by John Libbey Publishing; and for USA by Indiana University Press), with contributions from Sean Cubitt, Grahame Weinbren, Yvonne Spielmann, Malcolm Dickson, Stephen Partridge, Adam Lockhart, Jackie Hatfield, Emile Shemilt and Mike Leggett, with Foreword by Brian Winston.
Following the successful research and archiving of UK video art through the REWIND research project, a new £209,000 grant from the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), will enable the project team to embark upon REWINDItalia. This 28-month project will explore the important history and narratives of video art activity in Italy between 1968 and 1994.
Stephen Partridge is an artist and academic researcher. He is the principal investigator on the research project REWIND funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC). He exhibited in landmark video shows including Video Show, Serpentine (1975), Installation Show, Tate (1976) and The Kitchen, New York (1979). During the eighties he became interested in works for broadcast television and was commissioned by Channel 4. With Jane Rigby, he produced the innovative Television Interventions project, Channel 4 (1990). He has also curated a number of influential video shows and touring tape packages:Video Art 78 in Coventry; UK TV New York; National Review of Live Art 1988-90; 19:4:90 Television Interventions; Made in Scotland I,II, Semblances, Passages. Other major collaborations include installations and prints with the artist Elaine Shemilt. He established the School of Television & Imaging at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (University of Dundee) and is presently Professor of Media Art and Dean of Research.
David Hall, TV Interruptions 93 – reacTV, 1min, 1993
Ian Breakwell/Mike Leggett, One, 15min, 1971
David Hall, TV Interruptions 93 – contexTV, 1min, 1993
Mick Hartney, State of Division, 5min 38secs, 1978
Chris Meigh-Andrews, Continuum, 4min 40secs, 1977
Madelon Hooykaas/Elsa Stansfield, Running Time, 6min 4secs, 1979
INTERLUDE - with a live performance from The Devotionalists
David Hall, TV Interruptions 93 – withouTV, 1min, 1993