Rewind Italia

Rewind Italia

Early Video Art in Italy
Laura Leuzzi and Stephen Partridge, edited by Stephen Partridge and Laura Leuzzi
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 08/01/2015
Format: Hardback 50 color illus., 87 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-861-96721-6
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Italy was a vibrant center of video art production and experimentation throughout the 1970s and 1980s, attracting artists from all over the world and laying the foundation for video art as a concept in the global art and film communities. With vibrant illustrations, compelling interviews, and essays by leading scholars in the field, this collection highlights Italy’s key place in the history of video as an art form.

Author Bio

Laura Leuzzi is an art historian and curator whose research focuses on the relationship between words and image in visual art and new media. She was a research fellow on the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project, REWINDitalia, based out of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee.

Stephen Partridge is an artist, academic researcher, and pioneer of Early British video art. He is Professor of Media Art at the University of Dundee and co-editor (with Sean Cubitt) of Rewind: British Artists' Video in the 1970s & 1980s.


“This book is a significant contribution, based on a long and profound research journey, and an impressive network of actors. The cataloguing of their memories and observations, allow the reader to completely re-think not only Italian video art from the period in consideration, but broader trends in European and American video. We must be very grateful for the fine antennae of Partridge, Leuzzi and colleagues who have put together such a compelling and engaging portrait of Italian video art practice.”
 — Media-N

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Table of Contents

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<D>/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 M

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