Elizabeth Chitty

Elizabeth Chitty is an interdisciplinary artist born in 1953 in St. Catharines, ON. Since 1975, she has created performance, video and installation works. Her performance work has had 4 phases: works influenced by conceptual art and the multidisciplinary climate of the 70s in Canadian artist-run centres (1975-82); epic spectacles with multiple slide projections (1983-90); landscape-based, in which the audiences followed walks and trails (1992-97), and the current phase of voice and movement, digital visuals and spatialized sound expressing social issues. Her single-channel video works were exhibited widely in the late 70s and 80s including at the 11e Biennale de Paris (1980) and the opening of the National Gallery of Canada (1988). Her video installations were exhibited at the Niagara Artist Company in the 1990s. Her most recent work is Song For a Blue Moon (premiere at Tangente danse contemporain in Montréal in 2004). This performance incorporates text, voice, dance, stored and live capture video and stills mixed with Max/MSP and Jitter software, and sound spatialized through 8 speakers with music by Wende Bartley and Darren Copeland. It. She has taught at The School of the Toronto Dance Theatre since 1991 and is currently working on a multidisciplinary web-streaming project with RAFT, the homeless youth shelter in St. Catharines where she lives. Her most recent published texts are in Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women.


David Buchan: man-about-town

1996, 22:00 minutes, colour, English

T.V. Love (a made for tv love story)

1982, 03:40 minutes, colour, English

Desire Control

1981, 12:00 minutes, colour, English

Telling Tales

1979, 26:45 minutes, colour, English

Demo Model

1978, 21:19 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

FFWD, RWD, and PLAY: Performance Art, Video, and Reflections on...
by Tagny Duff. Caught in the Act: anthology of performance art by Canadian women, 2004. Toronto: YYZ, 2004.
Asserting Our Bodies
by Elizabeth Chitty. Caught In the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women, 2004. Toronto: YYZ, 2004.
Talk diminishes work of art
by John Bentley Mays. The Globe and Mail, June 15, 1990.
On Signs & Sex: Visual Evidence "A series of video screenings,...
by Kathy McLeod and Nancy Shaw. Fuse, Fall 1987, v. 11, no. 3.
Performing Miracles
by Linda Genereux. Canadian Art, June Summer 1987, v. 4, no. 2.
Snafus Snip Video Perspective
by Randal McIlroy. Winnipeg Free Press, Mar. 2, 1985.
The Use of the Self to Structure Narrative
by Peggy Gale. Musee d'Art Contemporain, 1984.
Canada (cont.)
by Unknown. Video 84, 1984.
Prime Time Video: Breaking Ground
by Renya Onasick and Peter Lynch. Prime Time Video, 1984. Saskatoon: Mendel Art Gallery, 1984.
Is it prime time yet?
by Robin F White. Prime Time Video, 1984. Saskatoon: Mendel Art Gallery, 1984.
Making Airwaves
by Bruce W Ferguson. Prime Time Video, 1984. Saskatoon: Mendel Art Gallery, 1984.
Artist's Markings in the TV Landscape
by Renee Baert. Prime Time Video, 1984. Saskatoon: Mendel Art Gallery, 1984.
Danceworks 31: what's going on?
by Alina Gildiner. The Globe and Mail, June 24, 1983.
Prime Time Video bears the look of acceptance
by Liam Lacey. The Globe and Mail, Sept. 17, 1982.
Agit.Prop: Walter Philips Gallery / Banff / July 9 to 25
by Leila Surji. Vanguard, Oct. Fall 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.
Discontinuous Notes on and After a Meeting of Critics, By One of...
by Vera Frenkel. artscanada, Mar. 1981, no. 240.
Vera Frenkel: Interview by Elizabeth Chitty
by Elizabeth Chitty. Vancouver Guide, 1981.
Paul Wong: Prime Cuts
by Julie Healey and Elizabeth Chitty. Video Guide, 1981, v. 4, no. 3.
Vera Frenkel
by Elizabeth Chitty. Video Guide, 1981, v. 4, no. 2.
by Elizabeth Chitty. Video Guide, 1981, v. 4, no. 1.
You Must Remember This
by Elizabeth Chitty. Fuse, Jan. 1980, v. 4, no. 2.
11e Biennale De Paris: Les Canadiens
by Unknown. Parachute, Fall 1980, no. 20.
Video is not television, Performance is not theatre
by Martha Fleming and Douglas Durand. Body Politic, June 1980, no. 64.
Telling Tales
by Jane Ellison. Video Guide, June 1979, v. 2, no. 2.
Télé-performances/ Toronto
by Rober Racine. Parachute, Winter 1978, no. 13.
Brushing up on TV as an art form: Toronto Conference of video...
by Steven Davey. Sunday Star, Sept. 3, 1978.
Colin Campbell
by Elizabeth Chitty. Video Guide, Mar., v. 3, no. 4.