Born in Essex, England in 1952, Chris Meigh-Andrews lived in Montreal, Canada from 1957-75. He studied photography, film & TV at the London College of Printing (1976-79), has an MA in Fine Art, from Goldsmiths (1981-83), and a PhD from the Royal College of Art. (1996-2001)
Working with video in a fine art context since 1977, his single channel video tapes have been screened in the UK, Europe, North & South America, Australia and Japan. Establishing an artist’s post-production facility and independent video production company in 1980, he worked as a freelance director and cameraman, video editor, and animator to fund his own experimental video work throughout the 1980’s. An active member of London Video Arts from 1980, he was chairman of the Council of Management 1987-89.
Since 1990, Meigh-Andrews has specialised in sculptural and projection video installations, including commissioned and site-specific works which have been shown in the UK, Europe and Canada. He has been Resident Artist in Electronic Imaging at Oxford Brookes University (1994), Artist in Residence at the Saw Contemporary Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada (1994), Video Artist in Residence at Middlesbrough Gallery, Cleveland (1995), Video Artist in Residence at the Prema Arts Centre in Gloucestershire (1995) and Arts Council of England International Artist Fellow, at Bunkier Sztuki, in Krakow, Poland (2003-04).
Recent work includes Mind’s Eye (1997), a 5 screen installation featuring MRI brain scans, ‘Mothlight’ (1998), and ‘Mothlight II’ (2001) which features halogen lamps, solar panels and video monitors in delicate counter-balance, ‘Merging/Emerging’ (1999) a site-specific digital installation featuring video projection and a linked web-site for the Bath International Music Festival, and ‘A Photographic Truth’, a digital projection for the Canon Photography Gallery at the Victoria & Albert Museum. (2001.) In 2002, his solar-powered digital video installation For William Henry Fox Talbot (The Pencil of Nature) was featured in ‘Digital Interventions’, a year-long exhibition at the V&A, London.
In 2003 Meigh-Andrews was commissioned to produce ‘Temporal View in Amsterdam’ for Huis Marseilles Foundation for Photography in Amsterdam, and in September 2004 he completed a NESTA/ACE funded research project creating an outdoor ‘self-powered’ video installation Intervowen Motion for the Foundation for Art & Creative Technology (FACT), with support from Grizedale Arts.
In 2005-06 Meigh-Andrews exhibited ‘Resurrection’ a solar-powered video installation in Digital Discourse, an exhibition of new work by eight international artists timed to coincide with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference (CHOGM), in Valetta, Malta, with support from the British Council.
Currently Professor of Electronic & Digital Art at the University of Central Lancashire, he is director of The Electronic & Digital Art Unit (EDAU) (www.uclan.ac.uk/edau), a centre for post-graduate research. He is co-curator (with Catherine Elwes) of ‘Analogue: Pioneering Artists’ Video from the UK, Canada and Poland; 1968-88′, an international touring exhibition (2006-07) funded by Arts Council, England. His book, ‘A History of Video Art: the Development of Form and Function’ was published by Berg in September 2006.
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Chris Meigh-Andrews, The Basement, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Heaven & Earth, London Film-Maker’s Co-op, London
Perpetual Motion, Saw Contemporary Arts Centre. Ottawa
Vortex, Prema Arts Centre, Uley, Gloucester
Mind’s Eye, Hotbath Gallery, Bath
Glass Box Gallery, Salford, Manchester.
Certosa di Calci/Museum of Natural History, Pisa
Mothlight , Rich Women of Zurich, London
Fenetre Digitale, Galeri Brighi, Paris
Mothlight 2, 291 Gallery, London
Wawel z Mostu Debnickiego, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
New British Image, Side Gallery, Newcastle (& UK Tour: 1978-79)
The New Contemporaries, ICA , London
Atelier Ste. Anne, Brussels
New British Video, Museum of Long Beach, California
Summary Video UK, ICA, London
The British/Canadian Video Exchange, A Space, Toronto
Olympus Gallery, London, January
Video/Performance, The Photographers Gallery, London
Breaking Boundaries, Channel 6, ICA, London
Light Years, London Film-Makers Co-op
New British Video, Atelilier de Pedegogie et d’animation, Strasbourg
British Video Art & Experimental Film, Mucsarnok, Budapest
The Art of Understatement: Recent British Video, Madrid
Genlock, Interim Arts, London, (& UK Tour: 1988-89)
Electric Eyes: British Artists Video 1985-88: Tate Gallery, ICA, London; Sao Paulo; Museo de Arte Moderno Medellin, Columbia; Akademie der Bildenden Kunst, Vienna. (& UK Tour)
External Affairs, Canada House Gallery, London.
Visions & Transmissions, Harris Museum, Preston.
4xVideo, Galeri OneOne, Antwerp
New Art Northwest Mercury Court, Liverpool.
European Media Art Festival, Osnabruck
River Crossings, Camerawork, (The Caf» Gallery) London.
Quick!, Royal Festival Hall, The South Bank Centre, London
ArCade, Digital Creativity, University of Brighton (Touring UK: 1995-97)
Back/Slash, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
Submerged, Bath International Music Festival, Bath
Interstanding 4, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Tallinn
Rural England Through a Victorian Lens: Benjamin Brecknell Turner, Canon Photography Gallery, The Victoria & Albert Museum, London
AnOther Place, Storey Institute, Lancaster
Smog, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Digital Responses, Victoria & Albert Museum
A Photographic Truth, Huis Marseille Foundation, Amsterdam
Short Histories of Video Art, From the Mid-Sixties to the Present, (Part 2), John Hansard Gallery, Southampton
Experiments in Moving Image, Lumiere Cinema, London
Digital Discourse, Cavalier St. James Centre for Creativity, Valetta
Collected Works, Lethaby Gallery, Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London
Crossing the Atlantic; Uneasy Spaces, 80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York
Analogue: Pioneering British, Canadian and Polish Artists Video, (1968-88), Tate Modern and Tate Britain, Nov- Dec. 2006. Anthology Film Archives, New York, Jan 2007,
Norwich Gallery, Jan 2007
FACT, Liverpool, March 2007.
EVENTS & FESTIVALS
Rusden State College, Victoria, (Australia)
1980-2 & 1987
National Video Festival, South Hill Park, Bracknell, Berkshire.
Fourth Annual Tokyo Video Festival, Tokyo
London Video Arts at the London Musician’s Collective
New Acquisitions, Art Metropole, Toronto
Three-Quarter Inch Productions: Chris Meigh-Andrews, Cairn, Paris
Video Screenings: Chris Andrews, ICA Cinematheque, London
The Expanded Media Show, Sheffield City Polytechnic
LVA Gallery, London
Ljublana Festival, Ljublana
Video by Artists, National Film Theatre, London
The Ottawa International Festival of Video Art, Canadian tour.
Place Setting, (with Peter Ting) Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Mute Loops, Lux Gallery, London
The British Landscape Through the Lens, Tate Britain, London
Tabala Rasa, Croydon Clocktower
Interwoven Motion, Grizedale Forest, Cumbria
Continuum (2 screen videotape, with Gabrielle Bown)
The Docklands Project (2 screen videotape, with Chris Hartwill)
The Viewer’s Receptive Capacity (videotape, with Gabrielle Bown)
3:4 (videotape, with Gabrielle Bown)
Horizontal & Vertical (videotape)
Clock-Wise & Counter-Clockwise (videotape)
On the Pier (videotape)
The Distracted Driver (videotape)
Field Study (installation)
The Chance Meeting (videotape)
The Room with a View (videotape)
Time Travelling/A true Story (videotape)
Interlude (Homage to Bugs Bunny) (videotape)
Light, Time, Memory…… (installation)
5 Minutes (videotape)
Still Life with Monitor (videotape)
Inspiration (site-specific installation)
On Being (videotape)
Other Spaces (videotape)
An Imaginary Landscape (videotape)
The Stream (videotape)
An Imaginary Fountain (installation)
Eau d’Artifice (installation)
Heaven & Earth (site-specific installation)
Domestic Landscapes (videotape)
Cross-Currents (site-specific installation)
Perpetual Motion (installation)
Domestic Landscapes (CD -ROM)
A Sense of Myself (CD-ROM)
For John Cage (installation)
Fire, Ice & Steam (site-specific installation)
Vortex (site-specic installation)
Mind’s Eye (installation)
Merging/Emerging (site-specific installation)
Place Setting (site-specific installation, with Peter Ting)
Fenetre Digitale (site-specific installation)
A Photographic Truth (installation)
For William Henry Fox Talbot (The Pencil of Nature)
Temporal View in Amsterdam
Wawel Castle from Debenicki Bridge (After Ignacy Kreiger)
Intervowen Motion (site-specific installation)
Resurrection (Projection installation)
Cross-Currents: Article by Helen Sloan for Creative Camera (Edition Feb/Mar 1993) on the exhibition ‘River Crossings: Light and sound along the Thames’. Including the work ‘Cross Currents’. Exhibited in venues around the East End of London, 18/03/93 – 01/05/93
Cross-Currents: Exhibition information for ‘River Crossings: Light and sound along the Thames’. Including ‘Cross Currents’ by C.M.A. Exhibited in venues around the East End of London, 18/03/93 – 01/05/93
Cross-Currents: Article for ‘Stage Screen and Radio’ (May 1993), on ‘River Crossings: Light and sound along the Thames’, Camerwork gallery, including the work ‘Cross Currents’. Exhibited in venues around the East End of London, 18/03/93 – 01/05/93
Cross-Currents: Article about the exhibition ‘River Crossings: Light and sound along the Thames’. A series of 11 site specific installation and performance pieces, commissioned by Camerawork. Exhibited in venues around the East End of London, 18/03/93 – 01/05/93. Includes the work ‘Cross Currents’