Film + Video Archives online

Rewind is an archive research project on artists’ video work in the seventies and eighties

‘REWIND is a research project that will provide a research resource that addresses the gap in historical knowledge of the evolution of electronic media arts in the UK, by investigating specifically the first two decades of artists’ works in video. There was a danger that many of these works might disappear because of their ephemeral nature and poor technical condition. The project will conserve and preserve them, and enable further scholarly activity.

This website forms a database with detailed information, technical information, ephemera, reviews and critical texts on the artists & works, paper archive, interviews, oral testimony, clips and still images from all the works with searchable index.’

British Artists’ Film and Video Study Collection (based in London at Central St. Martins)The Study Collection is a unique resource, it consists of an extensive range of reference materials including video copies of artists’ works, still images, historical posters and publicity materials, paper documentation and a publications library.

Another of the LUX’s sites: LUXONLINE is a web resource for exploring British based artists’ film and video in-depth.

‘Luxonline is the single most extensive publicly available resource devoted to British film and video artists. Streaming video clips, new writings, past articles and biographies provide a comprehensive contextual background to the artists featured on the site.

A programme of single take pieces from an Arts Council scheme.

The Prelinger Archives: a unique collection of ephemeral films available in high quality for download and use by filmmakers. These aren’t experimental but are very interesting (sociologically, culturally etc) and have been used by many an experimental filmmaker as source ‘found footage’ e.g. Vanessa Renwick, Steve Reinke, and extensively in the video and audio collages of British artist Vicki Bennett/People Like Us (

‘Prelinger Archives was founded in 1983 by Rick Prelinger in New York City. Over the next twenty years, it grew into a collection of over 60,000 “ephemeral” (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films. Prelinger Archives remains in existence, holding approximately 4,000 titles on videotape and a smaller collection of film materials acquired subsequent to the Library of Congress transaction. Its goal remains to collect, preserve, and facilitate access to films of historic significance that haven’t been collected elsewhere. As a whole, the collection currently contains over 10% of the total production of ephemeral films between 1927 and 1987, and it may be the most complete and varied collection in existence of films from these poorly preserved genres.’

A US collection of home movies and videotapes from the collections of the Center for Home Movies and other home movie aficionados. See Prelinger Archives for why I’ve included these.