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Waywords of seeing, 12.06 27.07.14 FRAC Ile de France, le plateau, Paris.
Snow Scale 1974 selected for this exhibitionfrac

Quattro Minuti di Mezzogiorno

HiDefinition Video installation joint work with Elaine Shemilt. Exhibited in Fuoriluogo 15 - Una Regressione Motivata, Limiti Inchiusi Arte Contemporanea, Campobasso, Molise, Italy. Exhibition included work by Fausto Colavecchia (IT), Douglas Gordon (GB), and was curated by Deirdre MacKenna, Director of Stills - Scotland’s centre for photography in Edinburgh.



REWIND is a major visual arts project funded by the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council involving many partners across Europe. A new chapter has now been funded by the AHRC into the history, theory and narratives of Italian video art activity from 1968-1994: REWINDItalia a dual language publication will appear in Spring 2015.


Stephen Partridge is an artist and and academic researcher. He is the principal investigator on the research project REWIND which has been awarded successive grants in 2004, 2008 and 2011 from the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

He was in the "landmark" video shows of the 1970s including the Video Show at the Serpentine in 1975, the Installation Show at the Tate gallery in 1976, The Paris Biennalle in 1977 and the The Kitchen in New York in 1979.

During the eighties he exhibited widely and also became interested in works for broadcast television and was commissioned by Channel 4 television to produce Dialogue for Two Players in 1984. With Jane Rigby, he formed Fields and Frames - an arts projects and television production company - which produced the innovative Television Interventions project for Channel 4 in 1990, with nineteen works by artists for television (including his own piece in the series - The Sounds of These Words. He also co-produced a short series of student and artists work Not Necessarily with BBC Scotland for BBC2 network television in 1991.

He has also curated a number of influential video shows: Video Art 78 in Coventry; UK TV New York; National Review of Live Art 1988-90; 19:4:90 Television Interventions; and the touring tape packages Made in Scotland I,II, Semblances , Passages.

He has worked with the artist and composer David Cunningham, whose soundworks and structural approach has enriched many of his works since 1974. Other major collaborations include the artist Elaine Shemilt on a series of works including the installations Chimera, Rush,
Quattro Minuti di Mezzogiorno, and the digital prints and etchings series Intangible Bodies.

He has lectured since 1975 in a number of art colleges, and established the School of Television & Imaging at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (University of Dundee). He is presently Professor of Media Art and Dean of Research, responsible for the research leadership of the College and the Visual Research Centre and Exhibitions Department. He has experience of peer review or evaluation for the Arts Council, Channel 4, the Scottish Arts Council, Scottish Screen, SACLottery, Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaf, European Research Area, Creative Scotland Awards, REF2014, and the AHRC.A member of Sub-panel 34: Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).


A selection of video works are availalble on vimeo


REWIND | British Artists' Video in the 1970s &1980s
Editors Sean Cubitt & Stephen Partridge
published by John Libbey – available on Amazon

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