First Memory Multimedia and Slide-tape

Photo Erica Scourti

First Memory 1980 UK

Multi-Media Projection:  Graph, 35mm slides , Super 8 film, 2 screens, 4 Kodak SAV carousels,  2 Super 8 film projectors, colour, sound, 27 mins 20 seconds.


“How can I create a distinct and self contained image which has a link to the next image and thereby creates a type of narrative”  Nina Danino, Image and Narrative, RCA 1979.

“The slide-tape First Memory was originally presented as a two screen slide-tape and S8 film projection with sound in the seminal show About Time/Women’s Images of Men, ICA, London, 1980.  The timing, edits and the way that the images and sound would come together was planned on graphs in its entirety before it was shown publicly for the first and only time.  The combination of S8 and slide-tape was technically complicated to mount and was only possible as a one off performance.  The slide tape shown at the ICA was afterwards made as a 2nd edit using slide-tape, twin screens and audio 1981. It was followed by the 16mm film First Memory 1981 made from the slides.

“Nina Danino realises the potential of the voice in her work, through an audio narration, specifically the woman’s voice which was a marginalised form in experimental film and art. Time is used to communicate emotion and the experiential to an audience.  The work initiated a body of 16mm and 35mm films over the next 17 years which often describe states which are elusive, such as the affect of place, memory and time. They represent from the woman’s experience and from the perspective of absence or what is not able to be represented, using narrative and the performative power of the woman’s voice”  Yasmeen Baig-Clifford, Slide-Tape, Programme notes, 2013.

1981 Premiere: About Time/Women’s Images of Men, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London


Photography and Voice : Nina Danino
Audio Visual Technician: Alan Vallis
Produced by Nina Danino at Environmental Media, Royal College of Art, London.


Above:  First Memory, rehearsal of Edit 1 with slide-tape and Super 8 film. From Floor to Sky: British Sculpture and the Studio Experience,  Ambika P3, London 2010
SLIDE/TAPE : Key works in the UK since the 1960s, Vivid Projects, Birmingham, 2013