Circuits, Reels and Actions: Artists’ Moving Image in 1970s Edinburgh

Adam Lockhart

Autumn 2020

DOWSER Issue 2 (Autumn 2020) features media archivist and researcher Adam Lockhart’s new essay “Circuits, Reels and Actions: Artists’ Moving Image in 1970s Edinburgh.” At the outset of cultural devolution in the 1970s, helmed by determined promoters like enfant terrible Richard Demarco and the staff of the nascent Scottish Arts Council, Edinburgh became the original seat of an avant-garde in Scotland. This new essay maps a series of key turns in this decade, offering a set of historical fieldnotes for further study and celebration. The issue is illustrated in full colour by a number of archival photographs, including some previously unpublished images from the Demarco Digital Archive.

Adam Lockhart is a leading specialist and researcher in the conservation, preservation, restoration and re-exhibition of artists’ video. He is a lecturer in Media Collections & Archives at DJCAD, University of Dundee.

DOWSER is a non-profit project. This chapbook is released as an open access online PDF and in a limited print edition of 200. These printed versions will be available for a contribution of £2.50, inclusive of a minimum £2.00 donation to the Scottish Refugee Council (Registered Charity: SC008639).

Issues 1 & 2 of DOWSER have been made possible by the generous support of The Glasgow School of Art and the British Art Network, through their Early Career Curator Group research bursary. The British Art Network is jointly led by Tate and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, with additional public funding provided by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Paul Neagu, Going Tornado performance for Grampian TV Production “Images,” production still, Aberdeen, 1974. Courtesy of Demarco European Art Foundation & Demarco Digital Archive, University of Dundee.