Rodney Werden

Rodney Werden is a renowned photographer and film maker, and a central figure in the 1970’s video art movement. The works of Rodney Werden are thought provoking, often controversial and are notable for their thoughtful portrayal of the human condition.

Artist Code: 007


Pig and Bear Go To Market

1993, 13:00 minutes, B&W, English

Whatever Is A Colour Is Necessarily Red

1991, 10:05 minutes, colour, English


1987, 17:30 minutes, colour, English

Money Talks Bullshit Walks

1986, 36:00 minutes, colour, English

The Story of Red

1984, 15:00 minutes, colour, English

Blue Moon

1983, 14:00 minutes, colour, English. Also available with French subtitles

Snip, Snip

1981, 30:00 minutes, colour, English


1981, 28:00 minutes, colour, English

"I'll Bet You Ain't Seen Noth'n Like This Before..."

1980, 36:00 minutes, colour, English

Baby Dolls

1978, 19:00 minutes, colour, English


1978, 03:00 minutes, B&W, English

May I, Can I

1978, 06:00 minutes, B&W, English

AM Radio Was His Only Friend

1977, 18:00 minutes, B&W, English


1976, 18:00 minutes, B&W, English

Pauli Schell

1975, 55:00 minutes, B&W, English

Call Roger

1975, 11:00 minutes, B&W, English

I'm Sorry

1974, 05:00 minutes, B&W, English

Critical Writing

Curatorial Incubator v. 13: The Job of Life
by Lisa Steele. Toronto: Vtape, 2016.
Curatorial Incubator: Stop With the Performance Already!
by Lisa Steele. Toronto: V tape, 2014.
Rodney Werden: Ordinary Queerness
by Alvis Choi. Toronto: vtape, 2011.
The Curatorial Incubator v.4: That 80s Show
by Lisa Steele. Toronto: Vtape, 2007.
Notes on Glad Day
by Sholem Krishtalka. "(Mary, Mary) Are these the hands that cut?", 2006. Toronto: Pleasure Dome, 2006.
The Lingering Present: Canadian Video Art in its Youth: 1968-1986
by Lisa Steele. Analogue, 2006. Preston: Electronic and Digital Art Unit, 2006.
agYU: A Very Personal Look: Toronto Video Art from the '7-'s to...
by Shay Gibson. agYU, 2005. Toronto: Art Gallery of York University, 2005.
Tapes that think
by Gary Kibbins. Kingston: Agnes Eterington Art Centre, 1996.
Mirror Machine: Video and Identity
by Janine Marchessault. YYZ Books, McGill University, 1995.
Tapes That Think.
by Gary Kibbins.
Video, for art's sake
by Rodney Gilchrist. Photo Life, May 1989, v. 14, no. 4.
Culture For Sale: Recent Toronto Works
by Kass Banning. Cinema Canada, Feb. 1988, no. 155.
Video News
by Kim Tomczak. Fuse, Nov. 1988, v. 12, no. 3.
In Flagrante: Canadian Video Caught in the Act
by Sara Diamond and Gary Kibbins. 1988 American Film Institute Video Festival, Fall 1988.
Vintage Dogma
by Jane Farrow. Fuse, Apr. Spring 1988, v. 11, no. 4.
Video Structures: Back to Basic Memory
by Clive Robertson. Parallelogramme, Summer 1987, v. 12, no. 5.
Notes on a Local History: Both
by Bruce Ferguson and Colin Campbell. Toronto: A Play of History (Jeu d'histoire), 1987. Toronto: The Power Plant, 1987.
On Signs & Sex: Visual Evidence "A series of video screenings,...
by Kathy McLeod and Nancy Shaw. Fuse, Fall 1987, v. 11, no. 3.
The 1986 New Work Show
by Geoffery Shea. Cinema Canada, Nov. 1986.
by Rodney Werden. Impulse, Spring 1986.
by Renee Baert. Vintage Video: Early Canadian Video Art to 1974, 1986. Toronto: Artculture Resource Centre, 1986.
Explicit But Equal : Toward A New Pornography
by Karen Knights. Video Guide, Dec. 1986, v. 8, no. 4.
Exploring the Space Between Heaven and Hell: The work of Rodney Werden
by Karen Knights. Video Guide, Dec. 1986, v. 8, no. 4.
Conventional Conditions: The work of Rodney Werden
by Jennifer Oille. C Magazine, Winter 1985, no. 4.
Video 84
by Bruce Ferguson. Vanguard, Feb. 1985, v. 14, no. 1.
Consolidation and Resistance:: Video in Toronto, An Overview
by Elke Town. Canadian Video Art, 1985. S.N, 1985.
Homo Video
by John Greyson. Jump Cut, Mar 1985, no. 30.
Video in Canada: Process and Production
by Renée Baert. Video '84, - Recontres Vidéo Internationales de Montreal, 1984, v. sept.
Tapes by a Tribe of Storytellers: New Work Show evidence that...
by John Bentley Mays. The Globe and Mail, Sept. 1, 1984.
Canada (cont.)
by Unknown. Video 84, 1984.
by Bruce Ferguson. 1984 Ottawa International Festival of Video Art, 1984. Ottawa: SAW Gallery, 1984.
The New Work Show
by Victor Coleman. Vanguard, Nov. 1984, v. 13, no. 9.
The New Work Show
by B.D. Hershorn. Toronto: Litho Offset, 1984.
Peter Wronski: Rodney Werden
by Jennifer Oille. Vanguard, Nov. 1983, v. 12, no. 9.
Rodney Werden
by Andrew Paterson. Parachute, Winter 1983, no. 33.
Capturing Desire's Prisoners
by John Bentley Mays. The Globe and Mail, Sept. 17, 1983.
Erotic Amateurs, Part Two: The Lives of Rodney Werden
by Gene Youngblood. Video Magazine, Winter 1983.
Capturing Desire's Prisoners
by John Bentley Mays. The Globe & Mail, Sept. 17, 1983.
Rodney Werden
by Andrew Paterson. Parachute, Winter 1983, no. 33.
La vidéo, un art engagé
by Jean Tourangeau. La Presse, Jan. 9, 1982.
Video Video: See what's being Said
by Bruce Kirkland. The Toronto Sun, Sept. 2, 1982.
A Question of Place 2
by Jennifer Oille. Vanguard, Nov. 1981, v. 10, no. 9.
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.
by Clive Robertson. Fuse, Jan. 1980, v. 4, no. 2.
But is it art?
by John Bentley Mays. Maclean's, Nov. 5, 1979.
I Am Here, This Is Real
by Peggy Gale. Autobiography: Film/Video/Photography, 1978. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 1978.
The 1978 Canadian Video Open
by Lisa Steele. Centerfold, Apr. 1978, v. 2, no. 4.
Rodney Werden's 'Baby Dolls'
by Lisa Steele. Centerfold, Sept. 1978, v. 2, no. 6.
by Rodney Werden. Pauli Schell, 1978. Toronto: Art Metropole, 1978.
Centerfold, Apr 1978, v. 2, no. 4. Calgary: Arton's Publishing Inc., 1978.
Pauli Schell
by Rodney Werden. Toronto: Art Metropole, 1978.
Video Has Captured Our Imagination
by Peggy Gale. Parachute, Summer 1977, no. 7.
Vidéo: regard introspectif: Toronto Video: Looking Inward
by Peggy Gale. vie des arts, Spring 1977, v. 21, no. 86.
Postface: Video Music Film
by Brian Dyson et al. Centerfold, Sept. 1976, v. 1, no. 2.