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Below are some books and links which can help you with your research. (OP means Out of print)

Dwoskin; Film is ... : the international free cinema
The Overlook Press, 1975 (OP)

Peter Gidal, Materialist Film
Routledge, 1989 (OP)
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Nicky Hamlyn, Film Art Phenomena
BFI 2003
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Julia Knight (Editor), Diverse Practices: A Critical Reader on British Video Art
University of Luton Press, 1996
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Malcolm Le Grice, Abstract Film and Beyond
Studio Vista, 1977 (OP)
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Michael O'Pray, The British Avant-Garde Film: 1926-1995, An anthology of writings
University of Luton Press, 1995
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Michael O'Pray, Avant-Garde Film: Forms, Themes and Passions
Wallflower Press, 2003.

A.L. Rees, A History of Experimental Film and Video: From Canonical Avant-garde to Contemporary British Practice
University of California Press, 1999

P. Adams Sitney: The Avant-Garde Film: A Reader of Theory and Criticism, Visionary Film (3rd Edition)
Oxford University Press, 2002

P. Adams Sitney, Visionary Film: The American Avant-Garde 1943-1978 (2nd Edition)
Oxford University Press, 1979

Other useful titles include:
Stan Brakhage, Film at Wit's End: Eight Avant-Garde Filmmakers
McPherson & Co., 1991

David Curtis, Experimental Cinema: A Fifty Year Evolution
Studio Vista, 1971 (OP)

David Curtis (ed) A Directory of British Film and Video Artists
Arts Council of England/University ofLuton/John Libbey, 1995

Wheeler Winston Dixon, The Exploding Eye : A Re-Visionary History of 1960s American Experimental Cinema
State University of New York Press, 1997

Peter Gidal (Editor), Structural Film Anthology
British Film Institute, 1976

John Hanhardt (ed), Video Culture: A Critical Investigation
Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1987 (OP)

Jan-Christopher Horak (Editor), Lovers of Cinema : The First American Film Avant-Garde 1919-1945
University of Wisconsin Press, 1996

David E James (ed), To Free The Cinema: Jonas Mekas and the New York Underground
Princeton University Press, 1992

Rudolf E. Kuenzli, Dada and Surrealist Film
MIT Press, 1996

Stephen Koch, Stargazer: The Life, World and Films of Andy Warhol (3rd Edition)
Marion Boyars Publishing,1991.

Malcolm Le Grice, Experimental Cinema in the Digital Age
British Film Institute, 2001

Lenny Lipton, Independent Filmmaking
Simon & Schuster, 1983 (OP)

Scott MacDonald, A Critical Cinema: Interviews With Independent Filmmakers
University of California Press, 1988 (OP)

A Critical Cinema 2: Interviews With Independent Filmmakers
University of California Press, 1992

A Critical Cinema 3: Interviews With Independent Filmmakers
University of California Press, 1998

Avant-garde Film: Motion Studies
Cambridge University Press, 1993

The Garden in the Machine: A Field Guide to Independent Films about Place
University of California Press, 2001

Michael Maziere & Nina Danino (editors): The UNDERCUT READER Critical Writings on Artists' Film and Video.
Wallflower Press, 2002

Jonas Mekas, Movie Journal: The Rise of a New American Cinema 1969-1971
Macmillan, 1972 (OP)

Rachel O Moore, Savage Theory: Cinema as Modern Magic
Duke University Press 2000

Bill Nichols (ed) Maya Deren and the American Avant-Garde
University of California Press, 2001

James Peterson, Dreams of Chaos, Visions of Order : Understanding the American Avante-Garde Cinema
Wayne State University Press, 1994

Lauren Rabinovitz, Points of Resistance: Women, Powers and Politics in the New York Avant-Garde Cinema, 1943-71
University of Illinois Press, 1991

Sheldon Renan, The Underground Film: An Introduction to its Development In America
EP Dutton, 1967 (OP)

Robert Russet & Cecille Starr, Experimental Animation: Origins of a New Art
Da Capo Press, 1988 (OP)

Edward S. Small, Direct Theory : Experimental Film/Video As a Major Genre
Southern Illinois University Press, 1995

Parker Tyler, Underground Film
Da Capo Press, 1995

Amos Vogel, Film As A Subversive Art
Random House, 1974

William C. Wees, Light Moving in Time : Studies in the Visual Aesthetics of Avant-Garde Film
University of California Press, 1992

Gene Youngblood, Expanded Cinema
EP Dutton, 1970 (OP)
[available as a .pdf file online]

David Curtis, A History of Artists' Film and Video in Britain 1897-2004
British Film Institute, 2007

Jackie Hatfield, Experimental Film and Video: An Anthology
John Libbey & Co Ltd, 2006

Laura Mulvey, Death 24x a Second: Stillness and the Moving Image
Reaktion Books, 2005

Vivian Sobchack, Persistence of History: Cinema, Television and the Modern Event
Routledge, 1997

Michael Rush, Video Art
Thames & Hudson, 2007 (2nd ed.)

Vivian Sobchack, Carnal Thoughts: Embodiment & Moving Image Culture
University of California Press, 2004

Doug Hall & Sally Jo Fifer, Illuminating Video: An Essential Guide to Video Art
Aperture, 2005

Catherine Elwes, Video Art: A Guided Tour
I.B. Tauris, 2005

Takahiko Iimura, From Takahiko Iimaura: Films & Video Installations
Roma: Diagonale, 1997

Mark Rosenthal, Understanding Installation Art: From Duchamp to Holzer
Prestel Publishing, 2003


LUX website
Includes a complete online catalogue of the LUX archive of artists' film and video, plus features on new artists and works, a calendar of London-based artists film events, and further resources. To subscribe to the LUXNEWSWIRE, a monthly e-newsletter for those interested in and making artists' moving image work, go the the LUX homepage and click on 'subscribe'.

Practical Film and Video Resources

NO.W.HERE Lab, 14 Kingsgate Place, NW6 2TA, 0207 372 3925.
NO.W.HERE lab provides access to film equipment and courses on a range of film processes, such as optical printing. Sells film stock and offers black and white film processing services as well as regular forums and discussions on artist film and video practice.

Soho Images, 8 - 14 Meard St, W1F 0EQ, 0207 437 0831,
16mm colour print processing available. Contact: Len Thornton.

Widescreen Centre, 47 Dorset Street, London W1U 7ND, 0207 935 2580
Widescreen Centre, 18 Lady Bay Road, West Bridgeford, Nottingham NG2 5BJ, 0115 945 5459
Both stores offer specialised super 8mm and 16mm stock and equipment

PEC Video Ltd, 65-66 Dean Street, London W1D 4PL,
Supplies for film and video production, from slicing tape to film reels.

Stanley Productions, 147 Wardour Street, W1F 8WD, 0207 7439 0311.
Transfer and tape dubbing services. Sellers of film and tape stock.

Kemps Film and TV Production Services Handbook

Lists the contact details of over 50,000 companies and crew operating in the film, TV and commercial production industries world wide – including over 11,500 in the UK.

UK University courses

Several universities in the UK run courses that involve elements of artists' film and video. Contact course administrators directly to find out what relevant courses are currently running.

Birkbeck MA in Film and Visual Culture
University of Central Lancashire MA in Experimental Film
School Of Television and Imaging, Duncan Of Jordanstone College Of Art And Design MSc in Electronic Imaging
University of East London BA Fine Art [with film component] BA Film History
University of Essex Undergraduate Film Courses
University of Essex Postgraduate Film Courses
University College for the Creative Arts Film & Video
University College for the Creative Arts MA Artists' Film, Video and Photography
London Metropolitan University MA Digital Film and Animation
School of Art and Design, University of Salford, Greater Manchester MA/PgDig Creative Technology
Southampton Solent University MA Film
University College for the Creative Arts Animation
School of Creative Arts University of the West of England, Bristol MA Documentary Film & Video

Online information and writing on artists' film and video
There are many sites on the internet with information on artists' film and video, includings research around particular periods and themes, filmographies and critical writings. Below is a list of some of the most useful.

Animation Research Centre at University College for the Creative Arts, UK
UK based animation research centre

British Artists' Filmographies 1920 - 2000
The AHRB Centre for British Film and Television Studies, Central Saint Martins, London, UK
Ongoing project to create a comprehensive filmography of British artists' film and video including single screen and installation work as well as current locations.

Early Video Project, USA
Resources and tape lists for late 1960s and early 1970s US video art.

Excellent portal site for information on international artists' film and video

Film and Video Art Information, Western Connecticut State University, USA
Information on international film and video artists, filmographies and bibliographies mostly written by university students.

Fred Camper, USA
Website of Chicago-based critic Fred Camper, includes extensive writings on experimental film and video including comprehensive work on Stan Brakhage.

Iota Center, Los Angeles, USA
The Iota Center is an organisation which preserves and promotes the art of abstract animation. They hold a large collection of materials at their center and are currently developing an online database of abstract animators and their work.

CINOVID Internet database for experimental film and video art, Werkleitz Gesellschaft, Germany
Large database of international experimental film and video works drawn from festivals and international distributors, which includes genre/subject classifications and synopsis of works.

Robert Haller, USA
Website of US writer and curator Robert Haller, including writings from his various curatorial projects.

Video History Project, Experimental TV Center, USA
Research resources concerning the the history of video art and community television in the USA.

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