Chris Meigh-Andrews is an artist, video historian, writer and academic who has been making and exhibiting his photographic, video and moving image installations since the mid 1970’s. Early video works have featured in a number of key exhibitions (The Self & Surroundings, Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre, 2012; Video from the 70’s and 80’s, Doggerfisher, Edinburgh 2008; Analogue: Pioneering British, Canadian and Polish Artists’ Video, (1968-88), Tate Britain,Anthology Film Archives, New York, FACT, Liverpool, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Arsenal Institute fur Film und Videokunst, Berlin, and Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, 2007-08; Electric Eyes: British Artists Video 1985-88: Tate Gallery and Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London, 1988; Short Histories of Video Art, (Part 2), John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, 2004. His work also features in two recent DVD collections: Rewind and Play: An Anthology of Early British Video Art, Lux/Rewind, (2009) and New Contemporaries Moving Image: 1968-2010, Bloomberg/New Contemporaries, (2014).
His site-specific and commissioned installations often incorporate renewable energy systems establishing direct relationships with the natural and constructed environment. Examples of his video and photographic work are held in a number of national collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Muzeum Historii Fotografii, Krakow; The Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston; The Scottish Screen Archive at the National Library of Scotland; The British Artists’ Film & Video Collection and the Lux Collection, as well as in a number of private collections.
Meigh-Andrews studied at the London College of Printing (Higher Dip. in Photography Film & TV), Goldsmiths (MA, Fine art ) and the Royal College of Art (PhD). He was Arts Council International Artist Fellow, Krakow, Poland. (2003-2004); Video Artist in Residence, Prema Arts Centre, Gloucester (1995); Video Artist in Residence, Cleveland Arts (1995); Artist in Residence, Saw Contemporary Art Centre, Ottawa, Canada (1994); Resident Artist in Digital Imaging, School of Visual Arts, Music & Publishing, Oxford Brookes University, (1994) and is currently engaged in a residency at the Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University.
Curatorial projects include Yes, Snow Show, (British Film Institute, 2009), Analogue: Artists’ Video from the UK, Canada and Poland: 1968-88, (Tate Britain and Modern, London, and at venues in Liverpool, Norwich, Warsaw, New York, Toronto, Ottawa, Valletta and Berlin: 2006-2009) and The Digital Aesthetic, a series of exhibitions and symposia organised in collaboration with the Harris Museum, Preston (2001, 2007 & 2012).
From 2013-2017 Meigh-Andrews was Visiting Professor at the Centre for Moving Image Research, Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education at the University of the West of England (UWE). He is currently External Examiner for MA Digital Arts at the University of Malta, MA Photography-Contemporary Dialogues, Faculty of Art & Design, at the University of Wales, Trinity St David and BA and MA Digital Media at Bournemouth University.
Meigh-Andrews has written extensively on the history and context of artists’ video. His book, A History of Video Art: the Development of Form and Function, Berg, (Oxford and New York, 2006) and in Japanese Sangensha, (Tokyo, 2013), provides an overview of the development of artists’ video since its inception. An enlarged and expanded edition of the book was published by Bloomsbury, (London and New York, 2013) and in Mandarin by China Pictorial Publishing House,(Beijing, 2018).
Book chapters include “The Emergence of Early Artists’ Video in Europe and the USA and its Relationship to Broadcast TV”, Materializing Memories: Dispositifs, Generations, Amateurs, Bloomsbury, (London and New York, 2018); “Location & Dislocation, Site & Architecture: Video Installation by Palestinian Artists”, Palestinian Video Art: Constellation of the Moving Image, Bashir Makhoul, ed, Palestinian Art Court-al Hoash, (Jerusalem, 2013.) “Optiks: Peter Campus”, The BFI Gallery Book, British Film Institute, (London, 2011) and “Video Installation in Europe and the USA: The Expansion and Exploration of Electronic and Televisual Space: 1968-1988”, Expanded Cinema: Film Art Performance, Tate Publications, (London, 2011.);“Interwoven Motion: Steps Towards a Semi-Permanent Outdoor Self-Powered Video Installation”, The Itemisation of Creative Knowledge, FACT/ Liverpool University Press, (Liverpool, 2006); “The Vasulka Tapes”, Vasulka Lab 1969-2005-Live Archive, Vivid, Birmingham, 2006; “Chris Meigh-Andrews: Early Video Tapes: 1978-87”,Experimental Film and Video, Jackie Hatfield, ed.,John Libbey Publishing,(Hertfordshire, 2006).
He is currently General Editor, UK and Europe of the forthcoming three-volume Encyclopedia of New Media Art for Bloomsbury Academic.
Meigh-Andrews is represented by Tesserarts Gallery
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