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Early Video Art in Italy / I primi anni della videoarte in Italia

By Laura Leuzzi, Stephen Partridge

Bilingual in English and Italian

Publication date: 2016
Total pages: 352
ISBN: 9780 86196 721 6
Price: £ 30.00


Italy was a vibrant centre of video art production and exhibition throughout the 1970s and 1980s. This early seminal experimentation attracted artists from all over the world and laid the foundation for video art. However since then, early Italian video art has received only scant international exposure. Its contribution to the history of video as an art form has for too long escaped the recognition that it so unequivocally deserves.

Derived from the AHRC funded research project ‘REWINDItalia’, REWINDItalia Early Video Art in Italy/I primi anni della videoarte in Italia – edited by Laura Leuzzi and Stephen Partridge – aims to bring the seminal Italian early video experimentation back under the International spotlight.

The volume includes seminal essays, already appeared in Italian publications, plus newly commissioned texts by leading scholars and artists, translated into English for the first time. A wide selection of stills from video artworks and photographs from set provide a fruitful resource for research and study. Authors include: Renato Barilli, Maria Gloria Bicocchi, Lola Bonora, Silvia Bordini, Paolo Cardazzo, Cinzia Cremona, Sean Cubitt, Bruno Di Marino, Simonetta Fadda, Vittorio Fagone, Marco Maria Gazzano, Luciano Giaccari, Mirco Infanti, Laura Leuzzi, Sandra Lischi, Adam Lockhart, Stephen Partridge, Cosetta G. Saba, Emile Shemilt, Studio Azzurro, Valentina Valentini, Grahame Weinbren.

The volume is closed by The Chronology of Video Art in Italy (1952–1992), by Valentino Catricalà and Laura Leuzzi, translated for the first time into English. With a foreword from Don Foresta, and an introduction by Stephen Partridge. Translation by Simona Manca.



Video recording in Bologna / Video-recording a Bologna Renato Barilli

Memory of video: Italy in the Seventies / Memoria del video: Italia anni Settanta Silvia Bordini

The Video Library – The Classification / La Videoteca – La Classificazione Luciano Giaccari

Centro Video Arte of Palazzo dei Diamanti / Il Centro Video Arte di Palazzo dei Diamanti Lola Bonora

art/tapes/22. Conversation with Maria Gloria Bicocchi/art/tapes/22. Conversazione con Maria Gloria Bicocchi Cosetta G. Saba and Mirco Infanti

Interview with Maria Gloria Bicocchi / Intervista a Maria Gloria Bicocchi Stephen Partridge and Laura Leuzzi

The Video Season / La stagione del video Paolo Cardazzo

Italian Reaction to Video / La reazione italiana al video Simonetta Fadda

Symbols and Materials: Notes on Three Artists Working in Video in Venice in the 1970s / Simboli e materiali: alcune note su tre artisti che hanno lavorato col video a Venezia negli anni Settanta Grahame Weinbren

Some notes on Luca Maria Patella’s videotapes / Alcune note sui videotape di Luca Maria Patella Laura Leuzzi

Authorship, collaborations and international contaminations – Videoperformance in Italy in the ’70s / Autorialità, collaborazioni e contaminazioni internazionali – La videoperformance in Italia negli anni Settanta Cinzia Cremona

Glitch Aesthetics and Impossible Flights / Estetica del ‘glitch’ e voli impossibili Sean Cubitt

Video art in search of a new language / La videoarte alla ricerca di un nuovo linguaggio Marco Maria Gazzano

Video’s broken paths. A conversation with Paolo Rosa and Fabio Cirifino / I sentieri interrotti del video. Una conversazione con Paolo Rosa e Fabio Cirifino Valentina Valentini

TIME, BODY, MEDIUM. Some notes on the continuity and discontinuity between artists’ cinema and video in Italy in the Seventies / TEMPO, CORPO, MEDIUM. Alcune note sulla continuità e discontinuità tra cinema e video d’artista in Italia negli anni ‘70 Bruno Di Marino

Parallel Time in selected Italian and UK Early Video Works / Tempi paralleli in una selezione di opere dei primi anni del video in Italia e Gran Bretagna Adam Lockhart

Perceptions of a real event: Tensions between the seen and the unseen in performance and its video documentation / Percezioni dell’evento reale: tensioni tra il visibile e l’invisibile nella performance e nella sua video documentazione Emile Shemilt

Between Cinema and Poetronic (and Beyond): The Different Writings of Gianni Toti / Fra cinema e poetronica (e oltre): le scritture di Gianni Toti Sandra Lischi

Memory of Video: Continuous Present. A Matter of Time – Ambits, Techniques and Methods – Classification – Materials – Current Issues and Possibilities / Memoria del video: presente continuo. Questione di tempo – Ambiti, tecniche e metodi – Classificazione – Materiali – Attualità e prospettive Vittorio Fagone

Chronology of Video Art in Italy (1952–1992)Laura Leuzzi and Valentino Catricalà


Laura Leuzzi is art historian and curator. She was research Fellow on AHRC funded research project ‘REWINDItalia Artists’ Video in Italy in 70s and 80s’ (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee). She completed her PhD at Sapienza Università di Roma in 2011. Author of articles and texts in exhibition catalogues, her research is particularly focused on the relationship between words and image in visual art and new media. Currently she is PDRA on the AHRC funded research project EWVA – European Women’s Video Art in the 70s and 80s (DJCAD, UoD).

Stephen Partridge is an artist, academic researcher and pioneer of Early British Video Art. He was the Principal Investigator on AHRC funded research projects ‘Rewind | Artists’ Video in the 70s and 80s’ and ‘REWINDItalia Artists’ Video in Italy in 70s and 80s’ (DJCAD, University of Dundee). He was in the landmark video shows of the 1970s including The Video Show<D> at the Serpentine in 1975, the Installation Show at the Tate gallery in 1976, The Paris Biennale in 1977 and the The Kitchen in New York in 1979. During the 1980s and 90s he exhibited widely and produced innovative broadcast projects for Channel 4 and the BBC (Television Interventions and Not Necessarily). He has also curated a number of influential video shows: Video Art 78<D> in Coventry; UK TV<D>, New York; National Review of Live Art, 1988–90; 19:4:90 Television Interventions; and the touring tape packages Made in Scotland I, II, Semblances, Passages. He is presently Professor of Media Art and Dean of Research at DJCAD, and Co-Investigator on AHRC funded research project EWVA – European Women’s Video Art in the 70s and 80s (DJCAD, UoD).

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