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Advances in moving image technology and computers meant the video medium was more widely available as a cheap and convenient tool for artists, one which also enabled increasingly complex exhibition opportunities; from video walls at Video Positive in Liverpool to the multiple projections of artists such as Bill Viola and Gary Hill. The advent of lottery funding for the arts offered further opportunities for film and video artists and saw the construction of The Lux Centre, a purpose built home for the London Filmmakers' Co-operative and London Electronic Arts.

Written and researched by Marie Anne McQuay, a freelance writer and curator based in London and Liverpool, and formerly Head of Collaboration Programme at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology).

David Hall’s installation, A Situation Envisaged: The Rite II: Cultural Eclipse (1990)

KEY EVENTS: 1990-1999


Sign of the Times: A Decade of Video, Film and Slide-Tape Installations 1980-1990, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford.

19:4:90 Television Interventions, Channel 4 TV, Produced by Anna Ridley and Jane Rigby.

The Late Show, BBC TV, one minute films and videotapes jointly commissioned by BBC 2 and the Arts Council

The Dazzling Image, artists videotapes and films on Channel 4 TV, produced by Jane Thornburn

Biennal of British Film and Video, ICA, London. Arts Council/British Council touring package


Video Positive festival, Liverpool

Video Art Plastique Festival, Herouville Saint-Clair, Caen, France

One Minute Television, The Late Show, BBC TV.

Not Necessarily, BBC TV Scotland. Commissioned work by Doug Aubrey, Lei Cox, Judith Goddard and Kate Meynell

New Visions International Festival of Film and Video, Glasgow

Dazzling Image II, Channel 4 TV. Second series produced by Jane Torburn

TV Interruptions 93, six works by David Hall, commissioned and broadcast internationally by MTV

Signes des Temps, British Video, film and slide-tape installations, 1980-1990, Centre d'art Contemporain, La Ferme du Buisson, Paris

Video Positive 93, Tate Gallery, Liverpool. Third Biennial of video and electronic media art


Unseen Images, major show of American video artist, Bill Viola, Whitechapel Gallery, London

The Late Show; 'The Happening History of Video Art', BBC2


In the Light of the Other, installations by American Video artist Gary Hill, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford


V-Topia: Visions of a Virtual World, Glasgow, Liverpool & Birmingham

Halloween Society Film Events start in London

London Video Access becomes London Electronic Arts


Douglas Gordon is first artist to win Turner Prize with film and video work


Spellbound: Art into Film, Film Into Art exhibition Hayward Gallery


First Pandaemonium Festival, ICA

1st Volcano!!! Underground Film Festival


The LUX Centre opens, Hoxton Square, London. Incorporates London Electronic Arts and the London Film-makers' Co-op


International Symposium of Electronic Arts, Liverpool and Manchester

Underground America screenings, Barbican/Lux Centre

2nd Pandemonium Festival, The LUX Centre

Sensation exhibition, Royal Academy forefronts the video work of British artists.

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