Artists have been experimenting with the electronic moving image since the early 1970’s and recent developments in digital
technology have further expanded and enhanced the creative potential of the medium. Moving image work is now widely
accepted on a par with older, more established media such as painting, sculpture and photography, but this has not always
been the case and there are several generations of UK artists whose work is less widely known but who have made an
important contribution to the development of the medium.

Analogue & Digital, curated by video artist and writer Chris Meigh-Andrews, presents a selection of new digital moving
image works- projections, installations and screen-based video in dialogue with a wide-ranging selection of pioneering British
single-screen videotapes from the 70s and 80s from the international touring exhibition “Analogue”, featured last year at
Tate Britain which was curated by Meigh-Andrews and Catherine Elwes, Reader in Moving Image Culture, Camberwell
College of Arts, University of the Arts.

The works in the historical section of the exhibition were selected to represent the diversity of themes and aesthetic
concerns of artists working in the UK during the 1970s and 80’s. This selection charts the development of video as a medium
for artistic expression that developed alongside the rapid technological changes that took place during this period. Many of
the issues and concerns that artists still pursue with the moving image were born during this early formative period when an
engagement with the specific nature of the medium were at the centre of a revolution in art practices. The historical selection
of the exhibition comprises of two one-hour programmes of short works or representative extracts from longer works made
by artists who have made a significant contribution to the development of the medium during the first two formative decades
of the history of the medium.

"The years covered in this exhibition represent a period in which the nascent form moved swiftly through its
Greenbergian phase of discovering the medium’s qualities, towards using them as raw material for a set of projects
and performances that had, at the time as well as in retrospect, some kind of coherence, more perhaps of shared
cooperative resources than of manifestos. Groundwork buried for almost forty years, they emerge once more
blinking into the light to inspire another generation with the thought that it has not all been done before, that there
is everything to play for."

Sean Cubitt, Catalogue essay, Analogue, Pioneering Video from the UK, Canada and Poland (1968-88), EDAU, Preston

Analogue & Digital premieres a number of significant and innovative new works by British artists and brings these together
with videotapes by accomplished international artists such as Robert Cahen (France), Gary Hill (USA), Steina and Woody
Vasulka (USA/Czech Republic/Iceland),

The new and recent works in the Digital selection demonstrate and highlight the continuing development of electronic
moving image work, celebrating its diversity and scope. The selection premieres a number of new works by established
artists Peter Donebauer, Marty St James, Katherine Meynell and Stephen Partridge who are featured in the historical
selection, as well as videotapes and projections by new and emerging artists such as Dallas Seitz, Cinzia Cremona, Vince
Briffa, Andrew Demirjian, Denise Hawrysio and John Wynne.

The Curator:
Currently Professor of Electronic & Digital Art, Chris Meigh-Andrews is director of The Electronic & Digital Art Unit (EDAU) at
the University of Central Lancashire. Working with video as a fine art medium since 1977, he has specialised in sculptural
and projection video installations since 1990, including commissioned and site-specific works which have been exhibited
widely in the UK and abroad.  He is currently working with Architects Julian Harrap on a new outdoor digital image installation
for the City of London. Meigh-Andrews is co-curator of “Analogue: Pioneering Artists’ Video from the UK, Canada and
Poland; 1968-88”, an international touring exhibition (2006-08) and “Digital Aesthetic 2”, both funded by Arts Council
England. His book, “A History of Video Art: The Development of Form and Function” was published by Berg in September
2006. His web site is  Chris Meigh-Andrews would like to thank Aneta Krzemien, research assistant
at EDAU for her help with the organisational aspects of this exhibition

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