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REWIND is a research project (2004 - ongoing) , that provides a research resource to address the gap in historical knowledge of the evolution of electronic media arts in the UK, by investigating specifically the first two decades of artists’ works in video.

There was a danger that many of these works might disappear because of their ephemeral nature and poor technical condition. The project conserves and preserves them, to enable further scholarly activity.

Rewind has remastered and archived over 450 works (single screen and installation) on Digital Betacam and as high quality files on Hard Disc. These new masters have been deposited at the University of Dundee and the Scottish Screen Archive (National Libraries of Scotland). From the masters viewing copies form the basis of the REWIND | 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.

This website 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. To enter the DATABASE click on the menu above.

A full list of the conserved video works in the REWIND collection can be downloaded here

A publication 'REWIND|British Artists' Video in the 1970s & 1980s' was 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 a Foreword by Brian Winston. More information here

We are also staging screenings and exhibitions at various venues of the REWIND Collection, including re-staged installation works in collaboration with curators and galleries. For information click on EXHIBITIONS above.

In 2012 following the successful research and archiving of UK video art through the REWIND research project, a £209,000 grant from the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), enabled the project team to embark upon REWINDItalia. This 28-month project explores the important history and narratives of video art activity in Italy between 1968 and 1994. More information here

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