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Talkback: What is a video art?

Conversation about the birth of contemporary video practice in Scotland.

In 1984 the Television Workshop was established in Dundee by Stephen Partridge, to give artists and filmmakers in Scotland access to the latest technology in video editing, graphics processing and image compositing.

For the Where I Am touring programme, DCA and LUX Scotland present Talkback: What is a video art? This round-table video marathon will comprise screenings and discussion of artists' video work from 1984–1991, an overlooked era of artist's video. Where projects like TV Workshop offered access to new technologies, skills and techniques, this era was characterised by an emerging and exciting field of visual possibility.

Join us on Wed 20 May to watch and discuss selected videos (art works, music videos, idents and promotional clips) and join in the conversation about the birth of contemporary video practice in Scotland.

Contributions to the discussion will be made by Stephen Sutcliffe, Clive Gillman, Adam Lockhart, Allison Scott (tbc), Dennis and Debbie Club (Dennis J Reinmuller & Debbie Moody) and Nick Thomas.


15:00 - Doors open

15:15 - Introduction to the day from Clive Gillman (DCA) and Luke Collins (LUX Scotalnd)

15:30-18:00 - The afternoon will comprise two sessions of screenings and discussion (Session 1, 15:30-16:30, Session 2, 16:30-18:00). Each of the invited speakers will introduce some work/s followed by an open and evolving discussion through the day.

18:30 - Screening

Profile: Daniel Reeves

Mosaic For The Kali Yuga (1986)

One With Everything (1998)

Obsessive Becoming (1995)

This project is supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network.