European Women's video art in the 70s and 80s

Lead Research Organisation: University of Dundee
Department Name: Contemporary Art Practice

Abstract

"Video gave women a chance... because it was not dominated by men like the other forms that were dominated by men like painting, sculpture... and so offered women a space to develop their own voice" Joan Jonas (2010).

This project will examine the under-researched area of women artists' early video experimentation in the 1970s and 1980s within Europe. The emergence of video as a new medium, allowed women artists to create art using a flexible format that could be adapted to their practice. Issues inherent within gender identity - the body, fertility, motherhood, sexuality, violence against women, stereotypical images of women portrayed by the media, relationships, sexual discrimination, and what is was to be a female professional artist - could now be developed as moving image art forms and expressed with a visual fluency. Only few reference sources exist on women artists' early experimentations with video and of these, most concentrate upon female artists working in the USA. As yet, no large-scale academic study has specifically assessed the role of the female video artist and their experimentation with video and wider impact on culture in Europe.

This project aims to retrace women artists' stories, their works in video and their achievements to the benefit of academia, and to strengthen the profiles and identities of women artists within the art historical canon. First-person testimony will be sought as a primary research tool in a series of semi-structured interviews with the surviving artists, curators and animateurs of the period.

The research will be undertaken by:
1) Archival and bibliographical research
2) Interviews with the surviving artists, curators and animateurs of the period.
3) Rediscovery and occasional recovery of seminal women artists' works
4) Reassessment of the works
5) Workshops and screening with artists
6) Making of a Chronology of Women Artists' use of video.

The research findings will be published in an edited book, articles and presented in conferences and will provide an authoritative source on early women artists' experimentation of videotape as a new medium and language for their artworks.
The results will create an essential tool for future focuses on specific artists, works and archives at risk of loss and the recovery of those works that have not yet been re-mastered on digital format.

The outcomes of the project will contribute to meeting the challenges of the EU Equality Commision's Strategy for equality between Women and Men 2010-2015 and to an enhanced agency of women's achieving in the field of visual arts and video art in particular within Europe

Planned Impact

The results of the research on early Women's Video Art (70s and 80s) will fill a fundamental gap in the history of the practice and will provide a unique, fundamental and useful resource to individuals and organizations that promote and exhibit video art including contemporary art museum, archives, foundations, media centres, media theoreticians, art history scholars, broadcasters and critics.

The collaborations with subject protagonists and world class specialists will enable to create a subject-specialist base from which to develop an evolved range of future research and implementation projects involving exhibitions, screenings, publications (books and DVD), and online recourses such as a Women Video Art online catalogue. The Website will include ephemera, articles, interviews, catalogue of works and artists and be hosted by the main REWIND database, which is well established as a major online resource, and since 2006 has received 1.5M hits from 98 countries, over 50,000 interview or other asset downloads (rewind.ac.uk).

The publication will constitute a reference resource on early Women artists' video from the 70s and 80s. The Investigators will also present papers at appropriate international conferences.

An international symposium, Women's Video Art will be organized to take place at University of Dundee: this will disseminate the results of the research and bring the research and the subject under the international spotlight. Furthermore it will help consolidate the network of contacts and will encourage exchanges on the topic.

A call for papers will also be issued in order to involve a broader range of scholars, researchers and practitioners at all levels and from different disciplines and will be advertised on the project webpage, through social networks and on online platforms and mailing lists. Results of the symposium will be published online on the project webpage.

Beyond the academic arena, the project will promote a new agency of gender equality within the visual arts in the new generations, providing new role models in particular to emergent women video artists.

Screenings with artists will be organised for universities' students and for general public, starting with a TATE Modern event, and then in other museums within Europe.
 
Title 3 Generations of Women Artists Perform 8th March 2018, 2-6pm 
Description The event engaged with cross-generational feminism, video art and performance art. It included a screening with works from the EWVA research project (please see list below) and a performance talk by Professor Elaine Shemilt as she responds to her own work Doppelgänger (1979-81). Followed a talk by Dr Laura Leuzzi focused on the performance art legacy of the European women video artists. Artists Videos: Klara Kuchta - Etre blonde c'est la perfection, 1980 Federica Marangoni - The Box of Life, 1979 Elaine Shemilt - Doppelgänger, 1979-81 Teresa Wennberg - Vol, 1981 Produced by Horsecross Arts in partnership with the AHRC funded research project EWVA European Women's Video Art in the 70s and 80s and Duncan of Jordonstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee. 2 - 6pm | Norie-Miller Studio + Threshold artspace, Perth Concert Hall Co-curated by Laura Leuzzi & Iliyana Nedkova Archival support by Adam Lockhart 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The event attraced a large audience of specialists from the visual arts sector, artists, students (postgraduate and undergraduate) and people from the general audience. Thank to the success of this event, EWVA tema has been invited to organise an exhibition next year. 
URL http://www.ewva.ac.uk/threshold-perth-2018.html
 
Title A Polyphonic Essay On Memory at NEON Festival 
Description Performance, Presentation & Discussion Event: A Polyphonic Essay On Memory By Alexandra Ross, Gayle Meikle & Laura Leuzzi Presented as part of NEON Festival. Drawing from the REWIND Artists Video Archive and research project EWVA, a Polyphonic Essay on Memory is a performance, presentation and discussion on the theme of memory generated through artworks selected from the REWIND Artists Video Archive and research project EWVA (European Women's Video Art in the 70s and 80s). Each curator will unveil their selected artworks to one another and the audience simultaneously. This format agitates expected conventions and the mediated response of presenting artworks to an audience. Introducing a live, spontaneous element of performance in which the curators will respond in the moment. As such, this event proffers an alternative entry to reading artworks and is recommended to those interested in the expanded field of the curatorial. Live essaying will draw from individually gathered archives of material and will unfold, surround and contextualise the presented video artworks. About the Project A Polyphonic Essay On is an ongoing collaboration between Alexandra Ross and Gayle Meikle. The first iteration was commissioned by Transart and presented at the Transart Triennale in Berlin 2016. This edition has been generously supported by the AHRC funded research project EWVA, based at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee (Scotland). Led by the British video pioneers Professor Elaine Shemilt and Professor Stephen Partridge with Research Fellow Dr Laura Leuzzi and Media Archivist Adam Lockhart. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The event was part of the NEoN Festival and it attracted a large audience of students, artists, curators, critics and academic (30 people ca). The event will be followed by a paper that aims to impact a wider academic community. 
URL http://www.ewva.ac.uk/polyphonic-essay.html
 
Title Autoritratti 
Description Autoritratti is a performative screening employing different methodological tools, including dialogue, autobiography, cross-genre and fragmented narratives. The approach is inspired by Italian feminist thinker Carla Lonzi and her book Autoritratto [Self-portrait] (1969), which was her farewell to the art world. Curated by Laura Leuzzi and Giulia Casalini Speakers: Cinzia Cremona, Catherine Elwes, Tina Keane, Maria Teresa Sartori and Elaine Shemilt. Readings by Diana Georgiou. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact After the event EWVA Team members were invited by Dr Catherine Spencer (University of Saint Andrews) to participate to application to a Terra Foundation for American Art for one of their Academic Program Grants to bring Autoritratti to Scotland. 
URL http://ewva.ac.uk/events.html
 
Title Doppelgänger Redux 
Description At the 2016 edition of 'Visions in the Nunnery' at Bow Arts (London), British video pioneer Elaine Shemilt re-enacted live for the first time her seminal video performance 'Doppelgänger' (1979-1981). 'Doppelgänger' was recovered during the AHRC funded research project REWIND (DJCAD, University of Dundee), led by Prof Stephen Partridge, in 2012. 'Doppelgänger Redux' was curated by Laura Leuzzi (EWVA PDRA) and Adam Lockhart (EWVA Archivist). Doppelgänger is one of the only two surviving videos of Shemilt's early experimentation with the medium. Shemilt employed video as a tool for introspection by manipulating her image, her face and her body. In Doppelgänger, Shemilt created a phantasmal double of herself exploring key feminist themes such as identity, sexuality, duality, women's role in society and the status of professional women artists. After three decades, Shemilt re-enacted, reactivated and reacted to the piece, sourcing from research materials from her own archive, and explored a new performative version of these key feminist issues. A video documentation of the piece was produced and published on www.ewva.ac.uk. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact 'Doppelgänger Redux' was discussed and shown at the 2016 Film and Media Aesthetics Conference in University of Roma Tre by Dr Laura Leuzzi in her paper "Early video art and re-enactment: some reflections upon forms and approaches towards media to re-enact, re-act and re-perform pioneering video artworks from the 70s and the 80s" and by Prof. Shemilt at the Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum at a lecture for the opening of the exhibition 'CURRENT: Contemporary Art from Scotland'. 
URL http://ewva.ac.uk/doppelganger-redux-2016.html
 
Title EWVA Showreel at Glasgow Women's Library 
Description The exhibition showreel included: Anna Valeria Borsari, Italy, Autoritratto in una stanza, documentario / Self-portrait in a room, documentary, 1977, 9m Deej Fabyc, UK/Australia, 80 Ways, 1992, 27m Marianne Heske, Norway, A Phrenological Self Portrait, 1977, 13m Madelon Hooykaas and Elsa Stansfield, UK/Netherlands, Split Seconds, 1979, 11m Lydia Schouten, Netherlands, Romeo is Bleeding, 1982, 11m Elaine Shemilt, UK, Women Soldiers, 1984, 6m Maria Vedder and Bettina Gruber, Germany, The Heartbeat of Anubis (Der Herzschlag des Anubis, 1988, 5m Giny Vos, Netherlands, Wildebeest, Documentation of Installation, 1986, 2m 23-30 November 2019 Curated by Laura Leuzzi and Adam Lockhart 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The showreel was on show for a week in the foyer of the Glasgow Women's Library 
 
Title EWVA at 2016 Media Art Festival 
Description EWVA participated at the BNL Media Art Festival in Rome. This takes the form of an installed screening program at MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, Rome (13-17 April 2017). The selection included artworks by some of the most influential European women artists who were video pioneers in the 1970s and 1980s. A broad range of topics and approaches to video were shown. These included experimentation exploring the possibilities of the medium, video installation, multi-media and performance. The selected themes addressed: the critic to broadcast TV, identity, the relationship with their body, ephemerality of life, perception, pregnancy and maternity, the opposition between Nature and civilisation, how women are represented by the media, the role of women in society. Featured artists: Anna Valeria Borsari, Antonie Frank Grahamsdaughter, Madelon Hooykaas, Živa Kraus, Federica Marangoni, Elaine Shemilt, Annegret Soltau, Elsa Stansfield Curated by Laura Leuzzi. Technical support by Adam Lockhart. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact Further collaborations and exchanges. 
URL http://ewva.ac.uk/media-art-rome-2016.html
 
Title Federica Marangoni and Elaine Shemilt. Parallel Dialogues Through Video and Time 
Description The exhibition at Casa Carlo Goldoni; 'Federica Marangoni and Elaine Shemilt. Parallel Dialogues Through Video and Time' featured a selection of rare, historical video artworks and prints by the two European video pioneers Federica Marangoni and Elaine Shemilt. It was curated by Laura Leuzzi and Iliyana Nedkova with Adam Lockhart. Supported by Cultural Documents (www.culturaldocuments.net), IFS Worldwide, The Culture and Business Fund Scotland, Paolo Luca and Samsung. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The exhibition was inaugurated by Dott.ssa Chiara Squarcina, Director of the Museum Casa Goldoni and artists Elaine Shemilt and Federica Marangoni; it started its international tour from Casa Goldoni, Venice and will travel to Threshold artspace in Perth Scotland in 2020. The opening was attended by 100 people. 
URL https://carlogoldoni.visitmuve.it/en/mostre-en/archivio-mostre-en/exhibition-marangoni-shemilt/2019/...
 
Title The Time Is Right For Screening & Discussion _ Summerhall_Edinburgh 
Description As part of Summerhall's 2017 Edinburgh Festival Programme, EWVA in collaboration with Summerhall will are presenting a selection of early women's video work that have been investigated during the project. Artists began to work with video from the late 1960s as a more accessible alternative to film. Although many of these artists are well known today, there are several women artists who experimented with video in the early years who have since been forgotten or marginalised. As a result many women artists' fundamental and pioneering experiments remain under-researched and very little critical writing about them has been published. The title comes from Marikki Hakola piece The Time is Right For (1984). The screening features works from the 1970s & 1980s by several European women artists that engage with the concept of the artist as promoter of dialogue, openness, cultural exchange and peace. Works included in the screening are: Federica Marangoni, Il volo impossibile [The Impossible Flight], 1982, Italy Marion Urch, From Russia with Love, 1987, UK Tina Keane, In Our Hands, Greenham, 1984, excerpt, UK Sanja Ivekovic, Slatleo nasilje [Sweet Violence], 1974, Croatia Maria Vedder, Der geometrische Ort aller Punkte [The Geometrical Locus of All Points], 1984, Germany The screening will be followed by a discussion panel including artist Federica Marangoni, artist & EWVA Principal Investigator Prof Elaine Shemilt and EWVA Research Fellow Dr Laura Leuzzi. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The event was attended by students (undergraduate, postagraduate) artists, experts and general audience. The panel that followed the screening was prolonged of one hour to allow people to comment, give feedback and ask questions. 
URL http://www.ewva.ac.uk/ewva-summerhall-screening-2017.html
 
Title The Time is Right for..., Exhibition, Summerhall, Edinburgh, 3 August - 24 September 2017 
Description As part of Summerhall's 2017 Edinburgh Festival Programme, EWVA in collaboration with Summerhall will are presenting a selection of early women's video work that have been investigated during the project. Artists began to work with video from the late 1960s as a more accessible alternative to film. Although many of these artists are well known today, there are several women artists who experimented with video in the early years who have since been forgotten or marginalised. As a result many women artists' fundamental and pioneering experiments remain under-researched and very little critical writing about them has been published. The title of the exhibition comes from Marikki Hakola piece The Time is Right For (1984). The screening features works from the 1970s & 1980s by several European women artists that engage with the concept of the artist as promoter of dialogue, openness, cultural exchange and peace. Works included in the exhibition are: The Time is Right For (1984) by Marikki Hakola, Women Soldiers (1984) by Elaine Shemilt, Appendice per una supplica (1972) by Ketty La Rocca and Giovanni Arnolfini and his young wife by Giny Vos. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The exhibition coincided with the Edinburgh Festival, therefore it was widely attended by specialists and general audiences from all over the world. 
URL http://www.ewva.ac.uk/ewva-summerhall-2017.html
 
Description EWVA succefully investigated, researched and uncovered the practice of several marginalised and underrepresented women artists who pioneers video in the 70 and 80s. EWVA successfully experimented with a number of innovative exhibition and screening platforms and curatorial strategies and approches as practice based research methods for women artists' early video in Europe. The website became a key resource to research and investigate the topic. Findings from the project have informed the practice of artists, curatos, theorists and art historians and supported the recognition of several women video pioneers. Through EWVA it was developed and international network of artists, curators an theorists and a collaboration with the Swiss-French research group Émergence de l'art vidéo en Europe: historiographie, théorie, sources et archives (1960-1980)' (2017-2019) (Ecal École cantonale d'art de Lausanne and Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis) funded by LabEx Arts-H2H. The book edited by Leuzzi, Shemilt and Partridge (John Libbey Publishing, 2019) - launched at Museo Correr (Venice), Tate Modern (London) and the Glasgow Women's Library - has successfully recovered and reassessed the germinal contribution of women artists to the form and evolution of video and has become a key resource in the field.
Exploitation Route The findings will be put to use by artists, curators, theorists and art historian. EWVA findings will inform and contribute to exhibitions, publications and cultural events as well as the practice of many professionals in the field.
Sectors Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://www.ewva.ac.uk
 
Description Findings have been included in Autoritratti (The Showroom, London, 12 December 2015), a performative screening part Now You can Go series (London, December 2015), in an installation at MAXXI National Museum of Contemporary Arts in Rome, part of the Rome Media Art Festival (13-17 April 2017), Doppelganger Redux part of Visions in The Nunnery (Bow Arts, London, 21 October 2016) and in Self/Portraits at Centrespace, VRC (9th December 2016), the exhibition 'The Time is Right for' at the Summerhall, Edinburgh (3 August - 24 September 2017), the perfomance/screening/talk A Polyphonic Essay on Memory part of NEoN Festival (2017), and 3G Three Generations of Women perform at Threshold Space (Horsecross Perth) on International Women's Day 2018; and in the exhibition Federica Marangoni and Elaine Shemilt. Parallel Dialogues Through Video and Time' (Casa Carlo Goldoni, Venice 2019).
First Year Of Impact 2015
Sector Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural

 
Title Re-enactment 
Description Research Methodology was advanced by the use of re-enacment of original artworks involving performance. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2006 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The method was then developed within the research project EWVA, and will be extensively studied and developed for a new project to be submitted to the AHRC in 2019- Re-Enact. 
 
Description 'EUROPEAN WOMEN'S VIDEO ART IN THE 1970s AND 80s' Talk by Dr Laura Leuzzi in the Contemporary Art Practice Speakers' Programme, DJCAD, University of Dundee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Laura Leuzzi presented key research findings and a selection of video artworks from the AHRC funded research project EWVA European Women's Video in a talk part of the Contemporary Art Practice Speakers' Programme, DJCAD, University of Dundee.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description 'The fourth Encounter in Motovun (1976): a platform for experimentation for early video art', L. Leuzzi, AAH Annual Conference, University of Loughborough, 7 April 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A paper from this presentatio was submitted for the proceedings in 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 3 Generations of Women Artists Perform: Screening, Performances, Talk_Threshold artspace, Perth Concert Hall 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The event included a curated screening of video artworks by European women pioneers from 1970s and 1980s; a rare performance talk by Elaine Shemilt, responding to her own early video artwork Doppelgänger (1979-81); followed by a talk by Laura Leuzzi on feminist video performance in Europe.The event was closed by site-specific performances by Contemporary Art Practice students from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design led by artists Richard Layzell and Pernille Spence. Artists Videos' screened: Klara Kuchta - Etre blonde c'est la perfection, 1980 Federica Marangoni - The Box of Life, 1979 Elaine Shemilt - Doppelgänger, 1979-81 Teresa Wennberg - Vol, 1981 2 - 6pm | Norie-Miller Studio + Threshold artspace, Perth Concert Hall Co-curated by Laura Leuzzi & Iliyana Nedkova Archival support by Adam Lockhart Produced by Horsecross Arts in partnership with the AHRC funded research project EWVA European Women's Video Art in the 70s and 80s and Duncan of Jordonstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee.

Different groups from the audience expressed interest in the research and some further collaborations were initiated.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.horsecross.co.uk/whats-on/3-generations-of-women-artists-perform-3090
 
Description Curating Materiality workshop at Edinburgh College 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The workshop consisted of 'pecha-kucha' style presentations from delegates; talks by Alexander Hetherington (Modern Edinburgh Film School); Adele Patrick (Glasgow Women's Library); Elaine Shemilt and Laura Leuzzi (EWVA, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Univeristy of Dundee); and a roundtable led by Sarah Smith (Glasgow College of Art). Both Shemilt and Leuzzi presented power point presentations. Doppelganger, seminal video artwork by Shemilt, was projected.
A "Media" round table followed led by Amy Tobin and Sarah Cook with Elaine Shemilt and Laura Leuzzi.
Practitioners, curators, scholars and PhD students participating to the workshop welcomed very warmly Leuzzi and Shemilt's presentation with several questions and inquiries also during the round table and in the after event.
The event helped to build a network of contacts. Later EWVA was contacted to participate to following events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://writingfeministarthistory.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/curating-materiality-edinburgh-event/
 
Description Dr Laura Leuzzi, 'Video Art Pioneers and Re-Enactment: Some Reflections upon Forms and Approaches Towards Media to Re-Enact, Re-Act and Re-Perform Early Video Artworks from the 70s and 80s', 'Contemporary Film and Media Aesthetics' Conference, University Roma Tre, Rome, 25 November 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Leuzzi presented at the 'Contemporary Film and Media Aesthetics : Culture, Nature, and Technology in the 21st Century. XXII International Conference of Film Studies' the paper Video Art Pioneers and Re-Enactment: Some Reflections upon Forms and Approaches Towards Media to Re-Enact, Re-Act and Re-Perform Early Video Artworks from the 70s and 80s. The paper included the analysis of feminist early video artwork Doppelgänger (1979-1981) by Elaine Shemilt and Doppelgänger Redux (2016) by Shemilt.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description EWVA Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact EWVA website contains documentation and interviews on selected European women artists who experimented video in the 70s and 80s.
It includes information on EWVA's events and publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://ewva.ac.uk
 
Description EWVA at Explorathon 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Leuzzi presented EWVA at a SciArt Ceilidh, a night of dancing combined with compelling art exhibits/presentation and sports science research at St Luke's, a new music venue in Glasgow. The event was part of 'Explorathon', European Researchers' Night across Scotland (Friday 25 September). EWVA dedicated stand included a monitor with a curated screening of early European women video artworks and postcards and flyers that the audience could bring home.
Leuzzi engaged with audiences from different fields and cultural and professional backgrounds who manifested interest in the topic. The event helped EWVA research team to structure following outreach events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.explorathon.co.uk/glasgow/sciart-ceilidh
 
Description Elaine Shemilt on Kill Your TV: Jim Moir's Weird World of Video Art 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Elaine Shemilt was interviewed by Jim Moir for the TV programme "Kill Your TV: Jim Moir's Weird World of Video Art" transmitted on Sunday, 24 November at 9PM on BBC FOUR.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000bpjw
 
Description Elaine Shemit presents at Art and Healing May 2019 The Demarco Archive at la Scuola Grande di San Marco in Venice, Italy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Shemilt presented at the event Art and Healing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://italian.demarco-archive.ac.uk/2019/06/06/art-and-healing/
 
Description European Women's Video Art | Book Launch at TATE Modern 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Elaine Shemilt and Dr Laura Leuzzi in conversation with Professor Laura Mulvey about their new book aiming to recover the seminal contribution of women video artists

European Women's Video Art in the 70s and 80s is the main output of the eponymous research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and based at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.

The book retraces some of the stories of early women artists' video experimentation in Europe and their achievements, featuring chapters on fundamental case studies of early video artworks, themes, genres and geographical areas. The publication aims to contribute to a reassessment of women artists involvement in early video art and strength their profiles and identities within the art historical canon.

"European Women's Video Art in the 70s and 80s brings a nearly forgotten moment in the history of women's art practice back to life, vividly evoking its special sense of excitement and promise that still resonates across time." - Laura Mulvey
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/talk/european-womens-video-art-70s-and-80s
 
Description Launch of EWVA at Rome Media Art Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact E. Shemilt, S. Partridge and L. Leuzzi presented EWVA at the first edition of Rome Media Art Festival 2015. The presentation included the projection of 'Doppelganger' (1979-1981), a pioneering video artwork, by Elaine Shemilt.
The presentation was followed by Q&A with questions from the audience.
Following that event, EWVA Team Members were invited to participated in the upcoming Rome Media Art Festival (13-17 April 2016) with a curated screening in the festival exhibition and Leuzzi will present at a workshop with school children exposing them to some research outcomes of EWVA.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://mediaartfestival.mondodigitale.org/eventi/
 
Description Launch of the publication EWVA | European Women's Video Art in the 70s and 80s at Palazzo Correr, Venice 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact aunch of the publication EWVA | European Women's Video Art in the 70s and 80s The Fondazione Musei Civici Venezia and the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee (Scotland) are honoured to announce the launch of the publication EWVA | European Women's Video Art in the 70s and 80s, that took place on 5 September, at 12 AM at the Museo Correr, Venice. The book was introduced by Gabriella Belli, Director of Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and the editor Elaine Shemilt and author Adam Lockhart, at the presence of the artists, curators, academics and journalists. The volume, published by John Libbey Publishing, is the main output from the eponymous research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, led by Prof. Elaine Shemilt, that aims to bring under the spotlight the fundamental contribution of women artists to the development of video art in Europe. Authors include: Jon Blackwood, Maeve Connolly, Cinzia Cremona, Sean Cubitt, Malcolm Dickson, Catherine Elwes, Slavko Kazunko, Marika Kumicz, Laura Leuzzi, Adam Lockhart, Stephen Partridge, Lorella Scacco, Elaine Shemilt, Emile Shemilt. The book is opened by an introduction by Laura Leuzzi, with a preface by Laura Mulvey and forward by Siegfried Zielinski. Following the publication launch, there will be an exhibition preview at 18.30 in the Court of Casa di Carlo Goldoni of the accompanying touring exhibition Federica Marangoni and Elaine Shemilt. Parallel Dialogues Through Video and Time. Visita il Museo Correr
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://correr.visitmuve.it/en/eventi-en/archivio-eventi-en/presentation-ewva/2019/07/20519/publicat...
 
Description Local/Global Dynamics in Feminism and Contemporary Art, Dr Leuzzi, Co-Chair Panel on Video and Performance Art 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Leuzzi's participation helped promoting the research findings from EWVA and lead to the creation of the mailing list on art and feminism FEM-ART-LOCALGLOBALRESEARCH on JISC, co-owned by Leuzzi and Prof. Katy Deepwell, Professor of Contemporary Art, Theory and Criticism at Middlesex University, London
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Methodologies, Strategies and Practice Based Research Methods to uncover and narrate early European Women's Video Art, Leuzzi L, Shemilt, NACCA Conference: Material Futures: Matter, Memory and Loss in Contemporary Art Production and Preservation, CCA Glasgow, 29-30th June 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A call for paper for the proceedings was announced in Autumn 2017. Following to the event, PhD students from the NACCA Networked contacted EWVA Team members to use findings from EWVA in their thesis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://nacca.eu/conference-2017/
 
Description Pioneering Women in Video Art- Talk, Book Launch at Glasgow Women's Library 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This event celebrates the launch of European Women's Video Art in the 70s and 80s, a book that both recovers and reassesses the seminal contribution of women artists to the form and evolution of video. Editors Laura Leuzzi and Elaine Shemilt will be discussing some of the stories of these ground-breaking artists alongside key videos which will be on display in the library for the following week, and Madelon Hooykaas, one of the artists featured in the book, will be discussing her work in a Q & A with Malcolm Dickson. Despite the fact that several women artists had been experimenting with the medium since the Seventies and Eighties, women artists' contribution to video art is still marginalised. Many of these resulting video works are today lost or have not yet been migrated to digital archival formats. Taking its title from an AHRC funded research project based in DJAD (University of Dundee) the book retraces some of the pioneering stories of women artists' video experimentation in Europe, featuring case studies of early video artworks, themes, genres and geographical areas. Authors include: Jon Blackwood, Maeve Connolly, Cinzia Cremona, Sean Cubitt, Malcolm Dickson, Catherine Elwes, Slavko Kazunko, Marika Kumicz, Laura Leuzzi, Adam Lockhart, Stephen Partridge, Lorella Scacco, Elaine Shemilt, Emile Shemilt. The book will be opened by an Introduction by Laura Leuzzi, with a Preface by Laura Mulvey and a Foreword by Siegfried Zielinski. "European Women's Video Art in the 70s and 80s brings a nearly forgotten moment in the history of women's art practice back to life, vividly evoking its special sense of excitement and promise that still resonates across time." - Laura Mulvey The launch was accompanied by a showreel of EWVA videos (23-30 November 2019) curated by Laura Leuzzi and Adam Lockhart. Pioneering Women in Video Art European Women's Video Art in the 70s and 80s book Launch Glasgow Women's Library 23rd November 2019
Programme
14.00-14.20 Introduction from Editors Elaine Shemilt and Laura Leuzzi
14.20-14.40 Artist Madelon Hooykaas in conversation with Streetlevel Photoworks Director Malcolm Dickson
14.40-15.00 Q&A
15.00-15.30 PM Refreshments and book signing
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://womenslibrary.org.uk/event/pioneering-women-in-video-art/
 
Description Prof. Elaine Shemilt, "We do not have bodies, we are bodies", Contemporary Film and Media Aesthetics : Culture, Nature, and Technology in the 21st Century. XXII International Conference of Film Studies, University of Roma Tre, 25 November 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof. Elaine Shemilt presented the paper "We do not have bodies, we are bodies", at the Contemporary Film and Media Aesthetics : Culture, Nature, and Technology in the 21st Century. XXII International Conference of Film Studies, University of Roma Tre, 25 November 2016.
The paper included the analysis of early European women artists' video artworks from the 70s and 80s.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description REWINDItalia and EWVA: methods, platforms and strategies to research early video art histories, Beside the Screen London 2018 - Vaults, Archives, Clouds and Platforms: Archiving and Preservation in the 21st Century (Conference) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact REWINDItalia and EWVA: methods, platforms and strategies to research early video art histories
Laura Leuzzi

This paper focused on two recent research projects - both based at DJCAD, University of Dundee - that have investigated early video art histories: 'REWINDItalia' concerning early video art in Italy in the 70s and 80s; and 'EWVA European Women's Video Art in the 70s and 80s'. These two projects (funded by the AHRC, and running from 2011-2017) have built online archives with ephemera, photographs, materials and interviews aiming to stimulate future research and provide fruitful materials and tools for artists, researchers, curators and art historians.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Re-enacting early video art as a research tool for media art histories, Leuzzi L, Re:Trace 23-25 November 2017 - Media Art Histories, Danube University Krems 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The paper from this presentation for the conference proceedings was submitted and is currently under revision.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://pl02.donau-uni.ac.at/jspui/handle/10002/813
 
Description Rethinking Curating - part of the 2018 Media Art Festival, Rome, Accademia di Belle Arti, Rome 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact This round table included presentations by Prof. Sarah Cook, Valentina Ravaglia and Dr Laura Leuzzi, that explored curating media art in different contexts (festivals, museum and research events). Dr Laura Leuzzi presented about screenings, exhibitions and research events from REWINDItalia and EWVA.
The presentations were followed by a lively discussion that involved the panelists and the audience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Self/Portraits: Relating Narratives, Symposium at Centrespace, Visual Research Center, Dundee Contemporary Arts, 9th December 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Self/Portraits: Relating Narratives is the sequel to the performative screening Autoritratti which took place at the Showroom Gallery (London) in 2015.

This screening weaves together the visual narratives of 12 international women artists or collectives who have worked around questions of identity and self-determination, often in confrontation to their respective social and political contexts. Employing real and interpreted voices, lyrics and unorthodox visual techniques, their works address female sexuality, motherhood, ecology and violence.
Self/Portraits: Relating Narratives employs varied methodological tools, including dialogue, autobiography, cross-genre and fragmented narratives. This curatorial approach is inspired by two Italian feminist authors who located everyday narratives and exchanges at the heart of their philosophical and political strategies. The radical thinker Carla Lonzi and her book Autoritratto [Self-portrait] (1969), offered an unprecedented montage of different artists' interviews recomposed by the author in a continuous flux, a convivial conversation, and most significantly, as a personal portrait carved out of relations between artists and their critics. It also refers to feminist philosopher Adriana Cavarero's book Relating Narratives: Storytelling and Selfhood (2000), where an exploration of identity is framed as the desire to hear one's story narrated by an other.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.ewva.ac.uk/self-portraits-vrc-2016.html