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British Artists' Moving Image Database/Known Works database

Ball, Steven and Curtis, David and Le Grice, Malcolm (2003) British Artists' Moving Image Database/Known Works database. UNSPECIFIED.

Type of Research: Other
Creators: Ball, Steven and Curtis, David and Le Grice, Malcolm

The British Artists' Moving Image Database is now a well-established and effective on-line resource available to scholars internationally.

Distinct from the on-line Catalogue (Curtis) this on-line database is the result of my research linking the documents, records and video materials in the collection with other historical sources to produce a highly comprehensive database of all known film, video and related works including installations and performances by British artists. As the database covers a range of �fields� including location of works in collections and archives, the design of the database itself and the web-site structure, also constituted a major aspect of my research on this project. Defining the scope and form of the database involved extensive consultation on: the range and limits of content; the form of the database; and the underlying technical solutions for its realization.

There is strong evidence of the success of the database through its extensive use by researchers. Recorded web statistics show that an average of 25% of visitors to the Study Collection�s site consult the database (an estimated average of 300 unique visitors per month) and many report initial contact to the Study Collection has been via the database. Users are widely international with extensive hits from European countries, North America and Australia and the database has become a primary research source for curators, academics and programmers.

The database is continuously updated contributing to LUX and Arts Council England�s Moving Image: Legacy and Learning Initiative to provide research information about the dispersed (UK) national collection of artists� moving image.

Official Website: http://www.studycollection.co.uk/bamid/index.php
Additional Information (Publicly available):

Steven Ball

Research Interests

Artists’ Moving Image, Archives and Collections, Experimental Film, Video Art, Landscape, Urban

Current Research

As Research Fellow attached to the British Artists’ Film and Video Study Collection, my research activity broadly encompasses the history and contemporary practice of artists’ moving image. The Study Collection includes video copies of artists' works, writing by and about artists, institutional documents, books, catalogues, posters, etc., it is accessible to internal and external academic and curatorial research. In this context my research activity involves the collection, cataloguing and digitization of copies of artists' film and video works, documentation and publications, the dissemination of Study Collection research outputs, and facilitating research in artists’ moving image across UAL and beyond. I am also developing research projects around the nature of the relationship of artists’ moving image practice to that of the wide range of contemporary collections and archives in their analogue and digital forms, online and physically located.

My other research interests are in the relationship between audio-visual media practice, spatial representation, landscape, and urban space within a practice encompassing audio-visual media, performance, curation and writing. These have manifested themselves in projects such as: Figuring Landscapes, artists’ moving image from Australia and the UK, touring programme co-curated with Professor Catherine Elwes (Camberwell), (2008 ongoing until 2010); The Centres Project, an ongoing exhibition and publication research project in collaboration with Irene Barberis, Metasenta Projects, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, which has included the Transcentric exhibition at Lethaby Gallery (2008); After Lethaby video performance with Martin Blazícek, (Czech Republic), Lethaby Gallery, 2009.

David Curtis

Research Interests

History of British artists' film & video, History of international artists' film & video, Curating artists film & video, Public funding of the arts.
History of British Experimental Film, document and describe the development of experimental film and video in Britain. Study collection of videotapes, and paper documentation of British artists. AHRB funded, exhibitions and conferences

Current Research

I joined CSM as a Senior Research Fellow researching the History of British Experimental Film within the programme of the AHRB Centre for British Film and television Studies. My main concern is to document and describe the development of experimental film and video in Britain, its individual artists, its institutions, and the cultural and funding context in which it has taken place. A major research project has been the assembly of a Study Collection of videotapes and paper documentation covering the work of over 700 British artists. This has been based on donations from the Arts Council of England, the ICA and many individual artists. The Collection is open to researchers and actively supports and initiates exhibition and publishing projects. Another research stand has been building of the first comprehensive database of film and video works by British artists, currently containing 6,000 titles. This is the beginning of a major project supported by the AHRB to build an online resource to support academic research in this area.
My own curatorial research has resulted in a major display at Tate Britain - A Century of Artists' Film in Britain (May 2003-May 2004). My research is devoted to uncovering the histories of artists' film and video in Britain, and recording and documenting them in various forms. I lead the team that is building a Study Collection at CSM devoted to British artists' work that is available to internal and external academic an dcuratorial research. This is the only collection of its kind in the UK and its files already contain a substantial proportion of the history of the 'key' artist-led organisations, such as the London Filmmakers' Co-op and London Video Arts. The Collection is funded by the AHRB and forms part of the multi-partner AHRB Centre for British Film and Television Studies. The Collection includes tapes of artists' works, writings by and about artists, institutional documents, books, catalogues, posters etc. Building this Collection an dencouraging its use forms a major research strand, to which PhD and MA research is contributing. The Collection website (built by colleague Steven Ball) is at www.studycollection.org.uk and contains catalogues of the collection, a historical database of artists and works, and temporary on-line exhibitions. My personal research has resulted in exhibitions such as A Century of Artists Film in Britain for Tate Britain (2003-4) and its website/catalogue www.tate.org.uk/britain/artistsfilm and the forthcoming book A History of Artists' Film and Video in Britain 1897-2003, BFI Publishing, October 2005.

Malcolm Le Grice

Research Interests

Film, video and digital artist, multi-projection forms of video and transformation of images from realm of personal to allegorical. Published theoretical work on experimental cinema. Director of Artists Film and Video Study Collection, history of British Experimental Cinema

Current Research

I continue to make and exhibit work as a film, video and digital artist. Recent work explores multi-projection forms of video and the of transformation of images from the realm of the personal to the allegorical. I write and publish theoretical work on experimental cinema, its history, language and contemporrary practice. I am currently the Director of the Artist\\\'s Film and Video Study Collection at the London Institute, a project funded by the AHRB. Here my research is concerned with the history of British Experimental Cinema and practical and technical issues of maintaining video study materials with particular reference to the DVD format.

Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: 1 January 2003
Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council, AHRB
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2009 23:41
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2015 14:01
Item ID: 1447
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/1447

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