Pioneering Women in Video Art- Talk, Book Launch and Showreel at Glasgow Women's Library

Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar


This event celebrates the launch of European Women’s Video Art in the 70s and 80s, a book that both recovers and reassesses the seminal contribution of women artists to the form and evolution of video. Editors Laura Leuzzi and Elaine Shemilt will be discussing some of the stories of these ground-breaking artists alongside key videos which will be on display in the library for the following week, and Madelon Hooykaas, one of the artists featured in the book, will be discussing her work in a Q & A with Malcolm Dickson.Despite the fact that several women artists had been experimenting with the medium since the Seventies and Eighties, women artists’ contribution to video art is still marginalised. Many of these resulting video works are today lost or have not yet been migrated to digital archival formats. Taking its title from an AHRC funded research project based in DJAD (University of Dundee) the book retraces some of the pioneering stories of women artists’ video experimentation in Europe, featuring case studies of early video artworks, themes, genres and geographical areas.Authors include: Jon Blackwood, Maeve Connolly, Cinzia Cremona, Sean Cubitt, Malcolm Dickson, Catherine Elwes, Slavko Kazunko, Marika Kumicz, Laura Leuzzi, Adam Lockhart, Stephen Partridge, Lorella Scacco, Elaine Shemilt, Emile Shemilt. The book will be opened by an Introduction by Laura Leuzzi, with a Preface by Laura Mulvey and a Foreword by Siegfried Zielinski.“European Women’s Video Art in the 70s and 80s brings a nearly forgotten moment in the history of women’s art practice back to life, vividly evoking its special sense of excitement and promise that still resonates across time.” – Laura Mulvey
The launch was accompanied by a showreel of EWVA videos (23-30 November 2019) curated by Laura Leuzzi and Adam Lockhart.Pioneering Women in Video Art 
European Women’s Video Art in the 70s and 80s book Launch Glasgow Women’s Library 23rd November 2019
Programme 14.00-14.20Introduction from Editors Elaine Shemilt and Laura Leuzzi14.20-14.40 Artist Madelon Hooykaas in conversation with Streetlevel Photoworks Director Malcolm Dickson14.40-15.00Q&A15.00-15.30 PM Refreshments and book signing

The exhibition showreel included:Anna Valeria Borsari, Italy, Autoritratto in una stanza, documentario / Self-portrait in a room, documentary, 1977, 9mDeej Fabyc, UK/Australia, 80 Ways, 1992, 27mMarianne Heske, Norway, A Phrenological Self Portrait, 1977, 13m Madelon Hooykaas and Elsa Stansfield, UK/Netherlands, Split Seconds, 1979, 11mLydia Schouten, Netherlands, Romeo is Bleeding, 1982, 11mElaine Shemilt, UK, Women Soldiers, 1984, 6m Maria Vedder and Bettina Gruber, Germany, The Heartbeat of Anubis (Der Herzschlag des Anubis, 1988, 5mGiny Vos, Netherlands, Wildebeest, Documentation of Installation, 1986, 2m
Period23 Nov 2019
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • Video Art
  • Feminist Art