Birthday Suit - with scars and defects

Lisa Steele

1974, 13:23 minutes, B&W, English


"On the occasion of my 27th birthday I decided to do a tape that chronicled my passage through time. I have always been clumsy, tripping, dropping, falling with alarming regularity. This tape accepts the extent of the consequences." L.S.

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Critical Writing

Lisa Steele: The Conceptual Anthropology of Narrative Works, 1976-1982
by Joshua Thorson. Lisa Steele: The Conceptual Anthropology of Narrative Works, 1976-1982, 2010. Toronto: Vtape, 2010.
by Jim Quilty. Art Review, Apr. 2009, no. 31.
Operation Video: The Use of Images As Visual Agents in Struggles...
by Sigrid Adorf. Operational Video: Ein Technik des Nahsehens und ihr spezifische Subjekt: die Videokünsterlin der 1970er Jahre, Mar. 2008. Bielefeld: transcript, 2008.
by Unknown. Wack!: art and the feminist revolution, 2007. Los Angeles: The Moca L.A., 2007.
Toronto Video: Challenging forms, channelling change
by Marc Glassman. The State of The Arts: Living with Culture in Toronto, 2006. Toronto: Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in publication, 2006.
Pleasure Dome Brochure: Winter 2006
by Unknown. Pleasure Dome, Winter 2006.
The Lingering Present: Canadian Video Art in its Youth: 1968-1986
by Lisa Steele. Analogue, 2006. Preston: Electronic and Digital Art Unit, 2006.
Stories to Tell: Autobiography and Narrative
by Jayne Wark. Radical Gestures: Feminism and Performance Art in North America, 2006. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2006.
Lisa's Long Haul: Artist Lisa Steele talks to Sarah Milroy about...
by Sarah Milroy. The Globe and Mail, Feb. 19, 2005.
Change makers honoured in G-G visual awards
by Sarah Milroy. The Globe and Mail, Mar. 9, 2005.
Lisa Steele + Kim Tomczak
by Peggy Gale. The Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts 2005, 2005. Toronto: Canada Council for the Arts, 2005.
Independent Media: The Age of Diversity
by Chris Gehman. Mobile Media: Films and Videos by Artists, 2005.
Coming to Video - A Canadian Perspective
by Sandra Vida. Locus Suspectus - Where the Hidden Comes to Light, 2004. Calgary: Truck Contemporary art, 2004.
Video art, and how to survive it: It confounds most viewers, so...
by Sarah Milroy. The Globe and Mail, Mar. 6, 2002.
For Real: Telling the Truth in Art & Writing
by A.S.A. Harrison. C Magazine, Winter 2002, no. 76.
For Real: Telling the Truth in Art and Writing
by A.S.A Harrison. C Magazine, Winter 2002, no. 76.
Magnetic Force
by Cameron Bailey. NOW, Dec. 6, 2001, v. 21, no. 14.
Wounds Become Scars
by Barbara Fischer. Love Gasoline, 2001. Toronto: Mercer Union, 2001.
taboos, titillations and thrills
by Andrea Mantin. taboos, titillations and thrills, 2000. Halifax: MSVU Art Gallery, 2000.
Project/Process: An Introduction to Magnetic North
by Jenny Lion. Program - Video Pool Inc., Winnipeg, Nov. Fall 2000.
Woman of Steele
by Bert Archer. NOW, July 15, 1999, v. 18, no. 46.
Lisa Steele: Video Artist
by Roger Matuz. Contemporary Canadian Artists, 1997. Toronto: Gale Canada, 1997.
Video Art: Selected, New & Reviewing
by John Morgan. NeWest Review, June 1995, v. 20, no. 5.
Perspectives Of the Body In Canadian Video Art
by Dot Tuer. C Magazine, Winter 1993, no. 36.
Video Collaborators: A report from the interior
by Nelda Rodger and Nina Czegledy. Azure, Nov. 1993, v. 10, no. no. 91.
The Power of Video
by Jenny Burman. Hours, Aug. 12, 1993, v. 1, no. 28.
Subjects on the Threshold: Problems with the Pronouns
by Renee Baert. Parachute, Winter 1993, no. 69.
Corpus: Mendel Art Gallery. Saskatoon
by Robert Enright. Canadian Art, Fall 1993, v. 10, no. 3.
Rumours of Our Breath
by Len Findlay. Border Crossings, July 1993, v. 12, no. 3.
5 Feminist Videotapes: Redefining the Female Subject
by Shonagh Adelman. C Magazine, Winter 1991, no. 28.
Clock ticking on AGO video show
by Randi Spires. The Toronto Star, Jan. 12, 1990.
Hot Tramp, I Love You So!: Rebel Girls: A Survey of Canadian...
by Christine Conley. Fuse, Fall 1989, v. 13, no. 1 & 2.
Collaborative Videotapes: Descriptions by the Artist
by Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak. 4 Hours and 38 Minutes, 1989. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 1989.
Video is not television, Performance is not theatre
by Martha Fleming and Douglas Durand. Body Politic, June 1980, no. 64.
I Am Here, This Is Real
by Peggy Gale. Autobiography: Film/Video/Photography, 1978. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 1978.
Video: The Martini of the Visual Arts: Notes on the newest (and...
by Jay Scott. The Globe and Mail, Apr. 19, 1978.
Time and a Birthday
by Ann-Sargent Wooster. SoHo Weekly, Mar. 3, 1977.
Lisa Steele: Looking very closely
by Peggy Gale. Video by Artists, 1976. Toronto: Art Metropole, 1976.
Video Art in Canada: Four Worlds
by Peggy Gale. Studio International, May 1976, v. 191, no. 981.