Below is information on key organisations and NETWORKS useful to those working and researching in Artist’s Film and Video in London
First off, I strongly recommend that you sign up for regular e mail listings from LUX – to be informed about all the latest SCREENINGS of artists film and video in London, and many gallery shows of moving image work. This is easily achieved HERE
There is now a vast amount of moving-image work to be seen in Art galleries, alongside other work, but below are some organisations and resources that are very specific to Artists’ Film and Video. Some of them have actual work or clips online, but please check out the page HERE for a dedicated page of some recommendations of places online to view Artists Video work- but I believe there is nothing like going to a real, live screening!
is a London based arts agency which explores artists’ moving image practice through exhibition, distribution, publishing, education and research. LUX is the only organisation of its kind in the UK, it represents the country’s only significant collection of artists’ film and video and is the largest distributor of such work in Europe. The organisation’s main activities are distribution – acting as an agent for artists who work with the moving image.
UBUWEB is – A vast collection of moving image and sound works, texts and critical writings. Quite unique and a real treasure trove, though you’ll have to search around once there as it has quite a linear way of listing things. Their film+video section his here
UBUWEB Describes itself as ‘a completely independent resource dedicated to all strains of the avant-garde, ethnopoetics, and outsider arts’. Have also seen it cited as ‘the YouTube of the avant garde’, which seems about right.
Is an alternative event listings guide which covers the film club scene in London and the UK through to pop-up cinemas, microcinemas, gallery installations, local film festivals and pub screenings. It is the online intersection between the divergent subcultures of British independent, underground, experimental, protest, cult, Avant- Garde, D.I.Y. and Artist’s film and video.
For recommendations for watching Artists’ Film and Video online – go to the page on this blog
called Artist’s Video online
Flicker is a big listing site with info about: underground and experimental film & video artists, art, resources and shows.This gives a good introductory overview of the scene across the world.
Also, here you can subscribe to the discussion site ‘Frameworks’. at http://www.hi-beam.net/fw.html Frameworks is “an international forum on experimental film, avant-garde film, …. Any genre of experimental film, such as film diary, found footage, abstract, flicker, lyric, subversive, expanded, etc., can be discussed, as well as those films which fall into the cracks between the genres, or those not covered by other lists.”
Based in the New Museum in New York, Rhizome is ‘dedicated to the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology’
Senses of Cinema is ‘an online journal devoted to the serious and eclectic discussion of cinema’. Based in Australia, it has a good breadth in its approach to moving image culture and an archive of intelligently written articles on moving image practice from the experimental to the Hollywood mainstream.
‘We believe cinema is an art that can take many forms, from the industrially-produced blockbuster to the hand-crafted experimental work; we also aim to encourage awareness of the histories of such diverse forms.
The LUX is the big UK distributor of experimental film + video, but only one of many across the world. For another couple of video distributors in the English speaking world I’d recommend looking at:
ELECTRONIC ARTS INTERMIX
(http://www.eai.org) which is based in New York
‘The EAI collection spans the mid-1960s to the present, and is recognized as one of the most comprehensive video art collections in the world. The works in the collection range from seminal videos by pioneering figures — such as Nam June Paik, Bruce Nauman, Martha Rosler and Joan Jonas — to new digital works by emerging artists, including Seth Price, Paper Rad, Cory Arcangel and Takeshi Murata.
The EAI Online Catalogue is a comprehensive Web resource on the artists and works in the EAI collection, featuring a searchable database and extensive research materials.
VIDEO DATA BANK
(http://www.vdb.org) which is based in Chicago
‘Founded in 1976 at the inception of the media arts movement, the Video Data Bank is the leading resource in the United States for videotapes by and about contemporary artists. The VDB collections feature innovative video work made by artists from an aesthetic, political or personal point of view.
All the information included here is just a beginning, a partial view of what’s out there, but should act as a good starting point and pave the way for further investigation.