Monday 9 March 2009

SCRATCH VIDEO at Street Level Photoworks

Street Level Photoworks
48 King Street (1st Floor)
Glasgow G1 5QT
T: 0141 552 2151
Mon 16 - Sat 21 March 2009, 12 till 5pm.

Sean Cubitt Web Talk
Friday 20th March, 6.00pm, Street Level Photoworks, FREE
Cubitt is the author of several books on video culture, including 'Eco Media', 'The Cinema Effect' and 'Videography: Video Media as Art and Culture'

George Barber, BEYOND LANGUAGE Selected Video Works 1983-2008
Thursday 2nd April , 7pm at Street Level Photoworks, FREE
To coincide with a new DVD publication on George Barber, published by Londons lading moving image agency LUX, Street Level wll present a series of Barbers work with a special introduction by Barber himself.

About Scratch Video
Scratch Video was a British video art movement that emerged in the 1980s. It was characterised by the use of found footage and challenged many of the established conventions of broadcast television. Arising out of a turbulent decade that saw amongst other things the miners take on the Thatcher government of the day, Scratch was an appropriate and accessible visual expression for dealing critically and directly with the impact of mass communications on society. These videos tended to critique the institutions making broadcast videos, specifically those commercialised for young audiences, such as MTV. It represented a crossover between art and club culture, and Scratch was a common feature in many of London's coolest nightclubs, including the Ambulance Station, the Fridge and Brixton's Ritzy Cinema.

Today Scratch Video continues to be a popular historical form, maintaining a cult following in contemporary art video circles. For these screenings, Street Level have teamed up with Rewind to bring to Glasgow a selection of some of the groundbreaking works in this genre, including the Gorilla Tapes, the Duvet Brothers and George Barber. Other artists include John Maybury, Kim Flitcroft & Sandra Goldbacher, Jeffrey Hinton, John Scarlett-Davis, Akiko Hada & Holger Hiller, Chris Meigh-Andrews, Nick Cope

Scratch Video is one of a number of collaborations between Street Level Photoworks and Rewind

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