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Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) £216,789 (Value to University of Dundee: £216,789) 01.2011 – 04.2013
Prof Stephen Partridge, Principal Investigator


Videoart in Italy 1968 – 1994

Main project collaborators

Prof Stephen Partridge, DJCAD, University of Dundee (Principal Investigator)
Prof Sean Cubitt, Goldsmiths (Co-Investigator)
Deirdre MacKenna, Documenti dal Molise (Hon Research Fellow)
Prof Marco Maria Gazzano Roma Tre (Hon Research Fellow)


Prof Stephen Partridge (Principal Investigator)Research logos
Dr Laura Leuzzi (Research Assistant)
Adam Lockhart (Archivist)
Valentina Bonnizzi (VRC Research Assistant)

Context and background

Rewinditalia Videoart has developed since the 1960s to encompass a broad range of artistic outputs, techniques and media. The use of video by artists is now ubiquitous in the international art scene: Biennales often exhibit hundreds of video works and installations, and major exhibitions at the worl’d’s leading museums demonstrate the transition of videoart to the ‘mainstream’. The history and progression of the ideas that shaped and formed these early advances are crucial to comprehend this contemporary media landscape.

In the 1970s, Italy was a vibrant centre of early videoart production and exhibition, but so far, these achievements have been largely overlooked by international scholarship. The absence of critical engagement is all the more remarkable because of the ambition, reach and nature of the work produced. The historical, social, cultural and economic circumstances that characterised its rise and, ultimately, its fall into critical oblivion, will be brought to light through the REWINDItalia project.

Aims and objectives

REWINDItalia aim to identify the centres of Videoart activity in Italy in the period 1968 – 1994 and to bring their endeavours to the attention of scholars and practitioners. There is a need for a critical overview of historical electronic work and a re-evaluation of overlooked and often pioneering expanded video. REWINDItalia aim to address this gap in international historical knowledge, thus enhancing our understanding of the formative years of videoart and improving our appreciation of this medium.

REWINDItalia will focus on the activities of video production and documentation of three centres: the first European studio for artist videos, Art/Tapes/22, run by Maria Gloria Bicocchi in Florence from 1973 – 1976; the Centro Video Arte, a rare example of public sponsored Videoart, which was run by Lola Bonora in Ferrara from 1972 – 1994; and the Galleria del Cavallino based in Venice. Between 1974 and 1981 the Galleria del Cavallino, run by Paolo Cardazzo, produced over one hundred videos shown in several (inter) national exhibitions. In addition, the project will consider the rich videotape collection of Luciano Giaccari. Giaccari’s group, Studio 970/2, was interested in using the new medium for artistic documentation. There is an urgency to this research; these pioneers are already in retirement. Their impact on the history of video as an art form has for too long escaped the recognition that they so unequivocally deserve.


The outputs from REWINDItalia are intended to promote international interest and a scholarly reassessment of the history of video in the context of contemporary art practices. This will be achieved through a website, a publication, a symposium, a conference and screenings of crucial works.

The REWINDItalia website and database will include: ephemera, technical information, reviews and critical texts on the artists and works, paper archive, oral testimony, clips and still images. The publication will become a definitive document of video art from this period. A symposium will take place in April 2012 in Rome entitled Convivium.  A final conference and screening of works will take place in September 2013 in London. The investigators will also present papers at appropriate international conferences on video art, focussing on conservation and heritage IP issues, beyond 2014.

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Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
£216,789 (Value to University of Dundee: £216,789)
01.2011 – 04.2013