EWVA European Women’s Video Art in the 70s and 80s aims to recover and reassess the seminal contribution of women artists to early video art in Europe and more generally to the development and evolution of video as a then relatively new medium.

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 and has partially fallen into oblivion. Several women artists’ video works are today lost or have not yet been migrated to digital archival formats.
As a result many women artists’ seminal and pioneering experiments remain under-researched and neither accessible nor critical writing upon them published.

EWVA aims to fill a fundamental gap in the history of video art and provide a useful tool to practitioners, artists and scholars as well as organisations (including curators, contemporary art museums, archives, foundations, media centres). It will inform and contribute to a future recovery and migration to digital format of women artists’ videotapes that are at risk of loss due to the obsolescence of the original formats.

EWVA was launched at the Media Art Festival in Rome in February 2015.

The project is based at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee.

Principal Investigator: Professor Elaine Shemilt

Co-Investigator: Professor Stephen Partridge

Post Doc Research Assistant: Dr Laura Leuzzi

Hon Research Fellow: Deirdre Mackenna

Hon Research Fellow: Dr Cinzia Cremona

Archivist: Adam Lockhart


REWINDItalia is an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded research project, led by the scholar and pioneer of British video art – Professor Stephen Partridge (DJCAD, University of Dundee). It follows the AHRC funded research project REWIND (2004 – ongoing), which has collected and remastered over 450 works (single screen and installation) by British artists from the 1970s and 1980s.

REWINDItalia started in 2011 and aims to explore the histories and narratives of video art activity in Italy from the 1970s and 1980s and to bring it to the attention of international scholars and practitioners for interpretative and historical assessment.

Interviews, documents and ephemera collected during the project are now available on http://www.rewind.ac.uk/

Principal Investigator: Professor Stephen Partridge

Co-Investigator: Professor Sean Cubitt

Research Assistant: Dr Laura Leuzzi

Hon Research Fellow: Deirdre Mackenna

Hon Research Fellow: Cinzia Cremona

Archivist: Adam Lockhart

(Text by S. Partridge & L. Leuzzi)

Participation in financed Research Projects in Italy:

  • 2009 As a PhD student I took part to “Progetto di Ateneo Federato 2009” Tre diari d’artista (Three diaries of artists) PI: Prof. Antonella Sbrilli.
  • 2008  As a PhD student I took part to “Ricerca Ateneo Federato 2008” Sguardi italiani su Joseph Cornell (Italian glances on Joseph Cornell), PI: Prof. Antonella Sbrilli.
  • 2007 freelance collaboration at “Ricerca di Università 2007” La visualizzazione mentale dell’opera d’arte (The Mental Visualization of the artwork); coordinator: Prof. Antonella Sbrilli.