Hartney, Mick

Mick Hartney is one of the first generation of video artists in the UK. He is also the first systematic chronicler of the medium, setting out the aesthetic and political territory of video art in influential articles such as: ‘An Incomplete and Highly Contentious Summary of the Early Chronology of Video Art (1959-75)’ (LVA Catalogue, 1984) and ‘After the Small talk; British Video Art in the Eighties’ (Video Positive Catalogue, Liverpool, 1989). Hartney is also author of a number of monographs on video and media artists including Nan Hoover and Jack Goldstein.

Hartney’s own practice has included works of a political nature including ‘Orange Free State’ (1978) in which issues of apartheid are alluded to in the juxtaposition of a black woman’s treatise on investments, economics and employment and a white man’s assumed superiority in his critique of her position. More personal works include the classic, ‘State of Division’ (1979) in which the artist is seen on a screen within a monitor screen describing the subjective experience of being the object of the spectatorial gaze. Over the years Hartney’s work has been shown internationally at major venues including the Pompidou Centre, Paris; The Kitchen, New York and the Tate Galleries in London and Liverpool.

He is currently Senior Lecturer in the School of Art at the University of Brighton.

– Catherine Elwes and Chris Meigh-Andrews (editors), 2006, ‘Analogue: Pioneering Video from the UK, Canada and Poland (1966-88)’, Exhibition Catalogue, EDAU Preston

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