REWIND | Artists' Video in the 70's & 80's

Lead Research Organisation: University of Dundee
Department Name: Duncan of Jordanstone College


REWIND is a research project funded by the AHRC in 2004, that provides a research resource that addresses 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 have disappeared because of their ephemeral nature and poor technical condition. The project has sought to determine the best examples of works from the period, conserve and preserve them (in partnership with the Scottish Screen Archive), to enable further scholarly activity. An archive, exhibitions, salons and a Content Management System (CMS), have been employed to disseminate the works to the public and academic community, with further exhibitions being planned for 2008-2010.

The CMS offers online access to interviews with artists and animateurs, documentation, background material and associated ephemera. The interviews are in video/audio form and downloadable PDF files.

The REWIND ARCHIVE and COLLECTION currently has 250 works including single channel videoworks and 30 installations.

Research Leave is required to complete the main publication and plan and curate a series of exhibitions, screenings, and other events.

As the Research Grant was awarded before FEC an application for Research Leave is allowable and was indicated in the original application.


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Title Kill Your Timid Notion: Micronotions 
Description Kill Your Timid Notion: Micronotions Dundee Contemporary Arts, Visual Research Centre, Microcinema 10th-12th October 2008 Friday 18.00-23.00, Saturday 10.30-23.00, Sunday 12.00-23.00 REWIND have selected a number of works from the collection as part of the 'Kill your Timid Notion' festival. This annual event explores the boundries between sound and vision using mediums such as video, film, sound art, avante garde music and performance. Micronotions explores instances of repetition and abstraction from various perspectives honing on the relationships between what is seen and what is heard. The programme features work from the Duvet Brothers, Judith Goddard, John Latham, David Critchley, Mike Leggett, David Hall, Mineo Aayamaguchi, Peter Donebauer and Tony Sinden. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2008 
Impact Led to further interest from the public and curators 
Title Lost and Found 
Description Dundee Contemporary Arts, Gallery 2 Fri 9th November 2007 An evening of video works not seen since the 1970s that have been recovered and preserved by REWIND. The works include 'In Two Minds' by Kevin Atherton, 'Pieces I Never Did' by David Critchley and Stephen Partridge's ''Dialogue for Four Players'. This was the first time these multi-screen pieces were exhibited as projections in this form. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2007 
Impact Led to interest from public and Galleries 
Description REWIND + PLAY presents a selection of key works from the first decade of artist's video practice in the UK. From early conceptual experiments exploring the parameters of the medium to works dealing with media culture and television this collection explores the range and diversity of the first years of video as new media. Three DVD box set including 24 videos by: John Adams, Peter Anderson, Kevin Atherton, Ian Bourn, Ian Breakwell, David Critchley, Peter Donebauer, Catherine Elwes, Judith Goddard, David Hall, Mick Hartney, Brian Hoey/Wendy Brown, Madelon Hooykaas/ Elsa Stansfield, Tina Keane, Tamara Krikorian, Mike Leggett, Stephen Littman, Stuart Marshall, Chris Meigh-Andrews/ Gabrielle Bown, Marcelline Mori, Stephen Partridge, Clive Richardson and Tony Sinden. Plus a new essay by Sean Cubitt, Professor of Media and Communications, University of Melbourne. Published in collaboration with LUX. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2010 
Impact Sales of DVD 
Title REWIND - British Artists' Video 
Description REWIND - British Artists' Video Dundee Contemporary Arts 24 November 2012 - 1 December 2012 This exhibition celebrates the publication of REWIND - British Artists' Video in the 1970s and 1980s, a new book celebrating the first two decades of artists' works in video. Key works were presented from the REWIND Artists' Video Collection in a short-run exhibition that allowed visitors to view these works and to browse this important new book. Works by David Hall, Kevin Atherton, Tina Keane, Elaine Shemilt, David Critchley, David Larcher and Stephen Partridge were shown. Curated by REWIND and Graham Domke 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2012 
Impact Increased interest in collection 
Title Scratch Video 
Description Dundee Contemporary Arts, Cinema 2 Tues 1st April 2008, 6pm, Streetlevel Photoworks, Trongate, Glasgow 16th - 21st March 2009 A screening of a series of videos from the ,'Scratch Video' genre which was prevalent in the 1980s and has generally been forgotten about in contemporary culture. This genre was the first to use samples of video and mix them with sampled music and sound, leading into the dance music generation of the early 1990s. The works that will be shown are some of the best examples of this work from British artists. These works use as their source, extracts from archive footage, news bulletins, old feature films and TV footage. They allude to socio-political and contemporary events such as the Cold War and Thatcher's Britain. Some of the issues raised are still relevant today. Artists featured: George Barber/Kim Flitcroft & Sandra Goldbacher/Jeffery Hinton/The Duvet Brothers/John Scarlett-Davis/John Maybury/Gorilla Tapes/Akiko Hada & Holger Hiller/Chris Meigh-Andrews/Nick Cope. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2008 
Impact Led to further interest from the public and curators 
Description The Award supported research leave to complete the writing and editing of the publication for the main REWIND project (Grant Reference

17369/1) , and organisation of exhibitions from the REWIND Collection.

The publication:

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

Hardcover: 256 pages

Publisher: John Libbey Publishing (30 Sep 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0861967062

ISBN-13: 978-0861967063

Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 19.6 x 2.3 cm
Exploitation Route The REWIND Collection is used by Curators and other museum specialists, broadcasters, and film and video distributors.

The REWIND website attracts around 500 visits per week and has reached 99 countries.

A facebook page was added in 2011 which offers information and news on

avant garde film and video practice and events across the world.
Sectors Creative Economy,Education

Description To support the writing and editing of the publication. Impacts derive from archival research in contemporary art practice, specifically curatorial activities within video & experimental film, and the European avant-garde. The focus is on cultural impact in the UK and internationally including public awareness and engagement and includes: o the impact upon curation in the contemporary gallery and museum sector by their use of the REWIND online resources and publishing (books, articles and DVD anthology); o partnerships with, and the influencing and enabling of, independent curators in the contemporary gallery and museums sector, leading to public exhibitions; o widening audiences through publishing, online resources (including social media) and exhibitions.
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural

Description 2012 CRF/RSE European Visiting Research Fellowship
Amount £2,000 (GBP)
Funding ID CRF/RSE 
Organisation Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2012 
End 11/2012
Title The REWIND database is still being added to as the Archivist's Contract was extended by 2 years by the University 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No