Reflecting on the last year, all of us at the Video Data Bank feel so fortunate that our work continues to be supported by a community of dedicated artists, educators, institutions, students, curators and exhibitors. It is your patronage, interest, and engagement that enable us to continue with the crucial work we do to support media art and artists, and to bring challenging moving image work to growing audiences.In 2014 alone we were able to:
- Present 15 full length artist interviews on our website, videotaped between 1974 and 2014, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Video Data Bank’s On Art and Artists Collection.
- Work with a full-time digitization specialist to preserve and digitize, in-house, over 400 titles from the VDB archive.
- Offer thoughtful public programs attended by combined audiences of over 5,000 including An Evening with John Smith, Basma Alsharif: Doppelganging (Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago), Reality-Effects: Video Data Bank‘s 6th Annual Showcase (Roots & Culture Gallery, Chicago), A Tribute to Harun Farocki (Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal), Early Video Pioneers: Videofreex with Portapaks (National Gallery of Art, Washington DC), and Invalid Data—Dreaming Through the Gaps (College Art Association Annual Conference, Chicago).
- Work with 65 worldwide film festival partners to showcase and premiere the work of our artists.
- Publish over 35 new releases of artists’ works, including the DVD Box Set and original monograph Laura Parnes: Blood and Guts in Hollywood.
- Invest in almost 250 hours of professional video editing on VDB interviews, readying over 15 titles for distribution.
- Pay $200,000 in royalties to 187 artists in 22 states and 12 countries.
Our Gift to You…
In gratitude for your ongoing support, we are celebrating the holiday season by sharing, for the first time, a classic publication on the early days of media arts, REWIND: A Guide to Surveying the First Decade. This 200+ page research document was originally published in 1995, and reissued in 2008.
The DVD box set Surveying the First Decade: Video Art and Alternative Media in the U.S. 1968-1980 is a 16-hour collection, comprised of 68 titles by over 60 artists offering a comprehensive history of early independent video movements. Edited by Survey curator Christine Hill, the REWIND monograph includes an introductory essay by Hill, and original interviews with artists on the historic collection, as well as writings about video preservation by Consulting Editor Deirdre Boyle and Contributing Editor Maria Troy. In addition, REWIND offers an extensive resources section that details information on institutions and organizations of particular relevance to those interested in early video art, along with artist biographies, artist videographies and a comprehensive bibliography.
We hope this document will be a valuable edition to your digital library!
If you have benefited from the Video Data Bank collection and resources this year, please consider making a tax-deductible year-end donation to help ensure that our work continues. As a non-profit organization, Video Data Bank depends on donations from individuals to make essential programs like those described herepossible. In any amount, we truly appreciate your gift.