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REWINDItalia: Early Video Art in Italy/I primi anni della videoarte in italia

Edited by

Laura Leuzzi & Stephen Partridge

Italy was a vibrant centre of video art production and exhibition throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

This early seminal experimentation attracted artists from all over the world and laid the foundation for video art. However since then, early Italian video art has received only scant international exposure. Its contribution to the history of video as an art form has for too long escaped the recognition that it so unequivocally deserves. Derived from the AHRC funded research project ‘REWINDItalia’, REWINDItalia Early Video Art in Italy/I primi anni della videoarte in Italia – edited by Laura Leuzzi and Stephen Partridge – aims to bring the seminal Italian early video experimentation back under the International spotlight. The volume includes seminal essays, already appeared in Italian publications, plus newly commissioned texts by leading scholars and artists, translated into English for the first time. A wide selection of stills from video artworks and photographs from set provide a fruitful resource for research and study. Authors include: Renato Barilli, Maria Gloria Bicocchi, Lola Bonora, Silvia Bordini, Paolo Cardazzo, Cinzia Cremona, Sean Cubitt, Bruno Di Marino, Simonetta Fadda, Vittorio Fagone, Marco Maria Gazzano, Luciano Giaccari, Mirco Infanti, Laura Leuzzi, Sandra Lischi, Adam Lockhart, Stephen Partridge, Cosetta G. Saba, Emile Shemilt, Studio Azzurro, Valentina Valentini, Grahame Weinbren. The volume is closed by The Chronology of Video Art in Italy (1952–1992), by Valentino Catricalà and Laura Leuzzi, translated for the first time into English. With a foreword from Don Foresta, and an introduction by Stephen Partridge. Translation by Simona Manca.

Bilingual English/Italian


Arts Life

Juliet Art Magazine

Publisher: John Libbey

ISBN: 9780 86196 721 6 Price £32/EUR 46,22

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REWIND| British Artists' Video in the 1970s & 1980s

Editors: Stephen Partridge & Sean Cubitt

Release Date: 30th September 2012

With a Foreword by Brian Winston

Rewind: Artists video in the 70s and 80s derives from a four-year research project into the history of an art form that has become the hallmark of contemporary art. Based on an archive of interviews, ephemera and archive copies of tapes and installations from the pioneering period of British video art, this anthology brings together some of the leading scholars in the field, backed by an expert panel, to lay the groundwork for a history of the people, activities, institutions and interventions that made of video art the one true avant-garde in the United Kingdom in the 20th century. Rewind is the founding text for the history of British video art; draws on a unique archive of oral history and personal experience; and opens up the archive for contemporary artists, curators, media historians and archivists. The primary audience for the book lies in art history. Secondary areas include the growing field of media art history, archiving and conservation, media history and film and media studies. It will have a market among the increasing number of gallery visitors, many of them practicing artists, who have been introduced to the field of early video art by the Rewind project and connected projects, including the Future Histories of the Moving Image Network. There is international interest through the global Media Art History and Leonardo/ISAST groups and the many parallel research projects underway in fifteen or more countries worldwide

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Published by John Libbey Publishing (UK), Indiana University Press (US)

ISBN 9780861967063 Price £25.00

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The Emergence of Video Processing Tools

Edited by Kathy High and Sherry Miller Hocking and Mona Jimenez

This title presents stories of the development of early video tools and systems designed and built by artists and technologists during the late 1960s and 70s.

Split over two volumes, the contributors examine the intersection of art and science and look at collaborations among inventors, designers, and artists trying to create new tools to capture and manipulate images in revolutionary ways.

The contributors include "video pioneers," who have been active since the emergence of the aesthetic, and technologists, who continue to design, build, and hack media tools. The book also looks at contemporary toolmakers and the relationship between these new tools and the past. Video and media production is a growing area of interest in art and this collection will be an indispensable guide to its origins and its future.

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Published by Intellect

ISBN 9781841506630

Price £60, $86


by Kevin Atherton

FLOOD is delighted to announce the publication of Kevin Atherton's Auto-Interview, extending a lifelong series of work where the artist has interviewed himself on video.

Auto-Interview is interesting on many levels, as a means of asking who is doing what in the business of encountering and interpreting an artwork, but also from an historical point of view - the interview provides an ideal opportunity to look back into the beginnings of key practices, such as video art, new media, work on television, etc.

The interview is also about an artist being, or at least trying to be, brutally honest about their own practice, its relevance, context and meaning, and if indeed it should be any of these things.

This publication is the first of a new series, with future publications forthcoming on a yearly basis.'Auto-Interview' retails at €10 / £8.

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Published/distributed by Flood Dublin

ISBN 9781470995065

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Reaching Audiences Distribution and Promotion of Alternative Moving Image

by Julia Knight and Peter Thomas

With a Foreword by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith

From Hollywood blockbusters to artists’ film and video, distributors play a vitally important role in getting films in front of audiences. As the link between production and exhibition, their acquisition policies, promotional practices, and level of resources determine what is available, and so help shape the very nature of our film culture. Reaching Audiences is centrally concerned with the distribution practices that have been developed to counter Hollywood’s traditional dominance of the marketplace, and ensure audiences have access to a more diverse moving image culture. Through a series of case studies, the book tracks the inventive distribution and exhibition initiatives developed over the last 40 years by an array of small companies on the periphery of the beleaguered UK film industry. That their practices are now being replicated by a new generation of digital distributors demonstrates that, while the digital ‘revolution’ has rendered those practices far easier to undertake and hugely increased their scope, the key issues in securing a more diverse moving image culture are not technological. Although largely invisible to outsiders, the importance of distributors and distribution networks are widely recognized within the industry, and Reaching Audiences is a key contribution to our understanding of the role they both do and can play.

Published/distributed by Intellect Publishing

ISBN 9781841501574, Price £19.95, $40

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Expanded Cinema

David Curtis, Al Rees, Duncan White and Steven Ball (eds)

Expanded Cinema includes some of the most innovative and challenging artworks of modern times. Experimental film, multi-screen projections, artists' video and live performance inside and outside the gallery space, all explore cinema beyond the single screen.

Leading scholars from Europe and North America trace the field from its origins in early abstract film right up to the digital age. Insightful essays explore post-war happenings and live events in Europe and the US, the first experiments with video and multi-media, the fusion of multi-screen installations with dance, sonic art and music and current practices employing digital manipulation and the internet.

Featuring new interviews with key artists, the book also makes available previously unpublished artists' texts and manifestos alongside extensive illustrations, making it an essential resource for all those interested in video, performance, film and media art.

Steven Ball, Mark Bartlett, David Curtis, Noam M. Elcott, Catherine Elwes, VALIE EXPORT, Jackie Hatfield, Nicky Hamlyn, Birgit Hein, Malcolm Le Grice, Chris Meigh-Andrews, Jonas Mekas, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, Werner Nekes, Annabel Nicolson, Michael O'Pray, Stephen Partridge, William Raban, A.L. Rees, Lis Rhodes, Lucy Reynolds, Carolee Schneemann, Guy Sherwin and Lynn Loo, Yvonne Spielmann, Stan Vanderbeek, Peter Weibel, Chris Welsby, Duncan White, Jonathan Walley and Maxa Zoller.

Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: Tate Publishing (May 2011)

ISBN 978 1 85437 974 0, Price £19.99

Available from Tate store here.

A History of Artists' Film and Video in Britain, 1897-2004 by David Curtis

In recent years the use of film and video by British artists has come to widespread public attention. Jeremy Deller, Douglas Gordon, Steve McQueen and Gillian Wearing all won the Turner Prize (in 2004, 1996, 1999 and 1997 respectively) for work made on video. This fin-de-sicle explosion of activity represents the culmination of a long history of work by less well-known artists and experimental film-makers.

Ever since the invention of film in the 1890s, artists have been attracted to the possibilities of working with moving images, whether in pursuit of visual poetry, the exploration of the art form's technical challenges, the hope of political impact, or the desire to re-invigorate such time-honoured subjects as portraiture and landscape. Their work represents an alternative history to that of commercial cinema in Britain - a tradition that has been only intermittently written about until now.

This major new book is the first comprehensive history of artists' film and video in Britain. Structured in two parts ('Institutions' and 'Artists and Movements'), it considers the work of some 300 artists.Written by the leading authority in the field, A History of Artists' Film and Video in Britain, 1897-2004 brings to light the range and diversity of British artists' work in these mediums as well as the artist-run organisations that have supported the art-form's development. In so doing it greatly enlarges the scope of any understanding of 'British cinema' and demonstrates the crucial importance of the moving image to British art history.

Published/distributed by BFI Publishing

Hardback ISBN/EAN: 9781844570959, £60.00

Paperback ISBN/EAN: 9781844570966, £25.00

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Experimental Film and Video - Edited by Dr. Jackie Hatfield

For artists working with moving image in the late twentieth century, the past forty years... more>

View a pdf of the book jacket here.

ISBN: 0 86196 664 3 (Paperback)

John Libbey Publishing, Box 276, Eastleigh SO50 5YS, UK e-mail: here; web site:

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Distributed in North America by Indiana University Press, 601 North Morton St, Bloomington,IN 47404, USA.

Distributed in Australasia by Elsevier Australia, 30?52 Smidmore Street, Marrickville NSW 2204,Australia.

Distributed in Japan by United Publishers Services Ltd, 1-32-5 Higashi-shinagawa,Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0002, Japan. email

A History of Video Art - by Chris Meigh-Andrews

ISBN: 1845202198

Published November 2006 by Berg, Oxford

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Diverse practices: a critical reader on British video art - by Julia Knight

"The past three decades have seen the rapid and vibrant growth of video art in Britain, but there has been little detailed analysis or critical recognition of this work. This book attempts to redress this imbalance by bringing together a collection of essays that discuss various aspects of British video art within a range of frameworkshistorical, theoretical, critical, and chronological. The essays deal with topics such as television interventions, video installation, feminist video work, video art criticism, and computer animation."

Published by John Libbey Media, Faculty of Humanities, University of Luton, 1996

ISBN: 1860205003

Analogue: Pioneering Video from the UK, Canada and Poland (1968-88)

Exhibition catalogue edited by Catherine Elwes and Chris Meigh-Andrews

Available at Tate Modern and FACT Liverpool bookshops, LUX London and through EDAU, contact: Aneta Krzemien

Published by EDAU, Preston, 2006, ISBN: 1 901922 59 6. Price £10

Video Art: A Guided Tour - by Catherine Elwes

Video art dominates the international art world to such an extent that its heady days on the radical fringes are sometimes overlooked often unknown. Video Art, a Guided Tour is an essential and highly entertaining guide to video art and its history. Elwes, herself a practicing artist and pioneer of early video, traces the story from the weighty Portapak equipment of the '60s and '70s to today's digital technology, from early experiments in 'real time' to the 'new narrative' movement of the '80s. She also examines video's love-hate relationship with television. Artists discussed include, amongst others, Nam June Paik, Nan Hoover, The Duvet Brothers, Dara Birnbaum, Bill Viola, Pipilloti Rist, David Hall, Stuart Marshall, Stan Douglas, Smith & Stewart, Steve McQueen and Sam Taylor-Wood. Elwes brings to life the excitement and political fervour of video art's early days and follows its journey to its current status as the default medium for contemporary art.

Published by I.B. Tauris, ISBN: 9781850435464. Price: £15.99