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Stephen Partridge

Professor of Media Art, Associate Dean of Research (Art & Design)

Tel: 01382 385284
DJCAD Research Office 3rd Floor, Crawford Building,
DJCAD, 13 Perth Road, Dundee, DD1 4HT


Stephen Partridge is an artist and academic researcher. He is the principal investigator on the research projects REWIND and REWINDItalia. REWIND has been awarded successive grants in 2004, 2008 and 2011 from the AHRC. He is Associate Dean of Research for DJCAD responsible for the research leadership of DJCAD, the Visual Research Centre and Exhibitions.  

He was in the "landmark" video shows of the 1970s including The Video Show at the Serpentine in 1975, The Installation Show at the Tate Gallery in 1976, the Paris Biennalle in 1977 and the The Kitchen in New York in 1979. During the eighties he exhibited widely and also became interested in works for broadcast television and was commissioned by Channel 4 television to produce Dialogue for Two Players in 1984. Through Fields and Frames - an arts projects and television production company, he produced the innovative Television Interventions project for Channel 4. He also co-produced a short series of student and artists work Not Necessarily with BBC Scotland for BBC2 network television in 1991. His seminal video-work Monitor, (1974) was acquired by the TATE in 2015. 

He has experience of peer review and evaluatiohn for the Arts Council, Channel 4, the Scottish Arts Council, Scottish Screen, SAC Lottery, Creative Scotland Awards, Member of the International Review Panel for HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) and its Joint Research Programme "Humanities as a Source of Creativity and Innovation" (2009-2013). From 2004-2007, he was a member of the AHRC Research Committee and Convener of AHRC Panel 2 Visual Arts & Media. Expert evaluator for the Austrian Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaf for their call for new research institutes. Member of REF 2014 UoA 34 Sub Panel for Art & Design: History, Practice and Theory.  

PhD Supervision

Offering supervision in Video art; installation; media art; archives; hi resolution digital film; performance art; experimental film.


  1. Jan 2012 - December 2015, Valentina Bonnizi, Displacement, Time and Identity: Experience and Interpretation through the Image-Document
  2. Jan 2011 June 2015. 2nd Supervisor with Prof Marco Gazzano Rome 3 University Valentino Catricalà,‘Video Installation Technology and Conservation’

Research Projects 

  • EWVA European Women's Video Art, AHRC Research Grant (C.I.) £290k, February 2015-2017. Investigating early video art by women. P.I Prof Elaine Shemilt, PRDA, Laura Leuzzi.
  • TV21. AHRC Follow-on funding. Partridge (PI) with Clive Gillman DCA and Adam Lockhart. Submitted, 29/1/12. April 2014 £30K
  • RewindItalia, AHRC, Research Grant, £216,789, Jan 2011. Role: P.I. Investigates Italian videoart activity from 1968 to 1994. What was produced and why? Who produced it and what were the ideas underlying the work.
  • REWIND | Artists’ Video in the 70s & 80s, February 2004 - June 2008, AHRC Research Grant £435,000. Role: P.I.
  • A multi-faceted research programme, REWIND investigates the first 20 years of UK video art, focusing on the artists/makers and artefacts, documenting and interrogating a range of conceptual issues and questions of representation. Re-stagings of early works including installations, has led to renewed curatorial interest and assessment.
  • Narratives in Expanded Cinema, £192,594 AHRC Research Grant, 2007. (Co-investigator with Jackie Hatfield P.I.)
    Research into the complexities and definitions of expanded cinema across media
  • AHRC Research Leave, £110k, Jan - ecember 2008 (Awarded Nov 2007). Role: P.I.

  • World Class Visual Effects for Artists Grant, SAC/Creative Scotland, £30,000, May 2010 Role: P.I.
    To support the research and production of four artist productions in hi-resolution.

Research Outputs

  • REWIND | Italia, Early Video Art in Italy: I primi anni della videoarte in Italia. Leuzzi, L. (ed.) & Partridge, S. (ed.) Dec 2015. John Libbey Publishing. 352 p.
  • Body, Sign and Double: a Parallel Analysis of Elaine Shemilt’s Doppelganger, Federica Marangoni’s The Box of Life and Sanja Ivekovic ́’s Instructions N°1 and Make up - Make down. Leuzzi, L., Partridge, S. & Shemilt, E. 2015. media art : Towards a New Definition of Arts in the Age of Technology. Catricalà, V. (ed.). Pistoia: Gli Ori, p. 97-103 7 p.
  • Artists’ Television: Interruptions–Interventions. Partridge, S. 30 Sep 2012. REWIND| British Artists’ Video in the 1970s & 1980s. Partridge, S. & Cubitt, S. (eds.). New Barnet, Herts : John Libbey Publishing, p. 75-90 16 p.
  • Cubitt, S & Partridge, S (eds) 2012, REWIND | British Artists’ Video in the 1970s & 1980s. (Edited Book (pp 224 130,00 words) Chapters from Sean Cubitt, Grahame Weinbren, Yvonne Spielmann, Malcolm Dickson, Stephen Partridge, Adam Lockhart, Jackie Hatfield and Emile Shemilt, with foreword by Brian Winston). John Libbey Publishing, New Barnet, Herts.
  • A Kick in the Eye: video and expanded cinema in Britain. Partridge, S. 2011 Expanded cinema: art, performance, film. Rees, A. L., White, D., Ball, S. & Curtis, D. (eds.). London: Tate Publishing, p. 136-147 12 p.