Ardele Lister

Ardele Lister's works in analog and digital media have been exhibited internationally in festivals, galleries, and museums. One of the first artists to work with digital technologies, Lister’s art (notably “Hell”, 1984) led to her work on avant-garde television projects such as Pee Wee' s Playhouse (CBS). For this innovative television show, Lister produced all the “Connect the Dots” segments, in which live-action Pee Wee ‘jumped’ into the computer-generated and animated “Magic Screen”.

Her films are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) and the Kunsthalle (Berlin).

The issue of defining identity in our globalized culture, and the role of media in shaping our identities, is at the center of Ardele’s research. She is currently at work on an interactive project that will hopefully promote understanding across racial, religious and national boundaries.

Lister has also written on media and art for “Afterimage”, “Felix”, “Criteria” and other publications. In 1977, she founded and edited “The Independent”, the first monthly publication for independent video and filmmakers, still in publication. Prior to that, Lister founded and edited Criteria, a critical review of the arts in Vancouver.

She has been a Fellow at the Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture at Rutgers, and the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University.

She is the Undergraduate Director in the Visual Arts Dept. at Rutgers University.

Artist Code: 259


Conditional Love (See Under: Nationalism-Canada)

1997, 60:00 minutes, colour, English

Elemental: Being There

1995, 08:16 minutes, colour, English

Behold The Promised Land

1991, 22:00 minutes, colour, English

It Happens To The Best Of Us

1989, 23:27 minutes, colour, English

Cancer Scandal: The Policies and Politics of Failure

1988, 60:00 minutes, colour, English

Zoe's Car

1986, 06:30 minutes, colour, English


1985, 17:00 minutes, colour, English


1981, 20:17 minutes, colour, English

Sugar Daddy

1980, 28:00 minutes, colour, English


1976, 01:00 minutes, colour, English

So Where's My Prince Already?

1976, 20:30 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

Search and Deploy
by Jacob Korczynski. VTape, Sept. 21, 2007. Toronto: vtape, 2007.
What Is That and between Arab Women and Video?: The Case of Beirut
by Laura U. Marks. Camera Obscura, 2003, v. 18, no. 3.
New Wine into Old Bottles: Some Comments on the Early Years of Art...
by Laura Cottingham. Outer & Inner Space: Pipilotti Rist, Shirin Neshat, Jane & Louise Wilson, and the History of Video Art, 2002. Richmond, Virginia: Virginia Mudeum of Fine Art/University of Washington Press, 2002.
True Stories Well Told: The Independent Films and Videos of Ardele...
by Phyllis Gottlieb. Rutgers Focus, Feb. 18, 2000.
Project/Process: An Introduction to Magnetic North: The...
by Jenny Lion. Program - Video Pool Inc., Winnipeg, Nov. Fall 2000.
Art-world snowbirds nest in New York: Expatriate artists / A...
by Michael Posner. The Globe and Mail, Nov. 29, 1997.
Mirror Machine: Video and Identity
by Janine Marchessault. YYZ Books, McGill University, 1995.
SHAKE IT UP, BABY: Works of Intervention by Ardele Lister
by Lisa Steele. Images Festival of Independent Film and, 1992. Toronto: Northern Visions, 1992.
From Receiver to Remote Control: The TV Set
by Ardele Lister. Felix, Spring 1991, v. 1, no. 1.
Beyond ToonTown: What's On TV? Video Art for Younger Audiences
by Dara Meyers-Kingsley. The Independent, July 1991.
Brooklyn Artists Featured in Museum Videos
by Tom Wachunas. The Phoenix, Oct. 4, 1990.
Ardele Lister - Split
by Jude Schwendenwien. High Performance, Summer 1990.
Images '89
by Donna Lypchuk. Cinema Canada, Sept. 1989.
Series takes a look at women by women
by David McCracken. Chicago Tribune, June 3, 1988.
Consuming Passions: Feminist Video and the Home Market
by Nadine McGann. Afterimage, Summer 1988, v. 16, no. 1.
Spectacular Peek at Videoland
by Christopher Humme. The Toronto Star, Jan. 11, 1988.
Hot Art In A Cool Medium
by Brian D. Johnson and Mark Budgen. Maclean's, Mar. 3, 1986.
New Video Realities
by Glen Lewis. Cologne Art Fair Exhibition Catalogue 1986, 1986. Cologne: Cologne Art Fair, 1986.
Street Culture
by Merike Talve. Video Guide, Aug. 1984, v. 6, no. 4.
VIDEO/VIDEO: If this event was a dry run for PAY-TV, one must view...
by Clive Robertson. Fuse, Nov. 1981, v. 5, no. 8 & 9.
Women In And Out Of Focus
by Petra Robinson. Vanguard, Nov. 1978, v. 7, no. 8.