Closed Captioning Now Available for All VDB TV Programs

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C.L.U.E (color location ultimate experience) Part 1, robbinschilds and A.L. Steiner, (2007)

In 2014, Video Data Bank was honored to receive support from the Illinois Arts Council and the Leadership Exchange for Arts & Disability for an accessibility review of its website.  In an important extension of its core mission of expanding access to extraordinary media art, Video Data Bank is proud to offer closed captioning for every title that will be presented on the VDB TV screening platform.  Viewers will find the closed caption button embedded in the lower right-hand corner of the streaming video player. 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and we are pleased to be able to join in the celebration of the milestone by launching this expanded service this year.

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Lesser Apes, Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby (2011)


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Spiral PTL, Dan Sandin (1980)

VDB Asks… Paweł Wojtasik


Paweł Wojtasik (b. Łódź, Poland) creates poetic reflections on cultures and ecosystems in the form of short films and large-scale installations. His investigations into the overlooked corners of the environment have led him to pig farms, sewage treatment plants, wrecking yards and autopsy rooms. Wojtasik received an MFA from Yale University. From 1998 until 2000 he was a resident at Dai Bosatsu Zendo Buddhist monastery.  His work has been shown at festivals such as Berlinale, New York Film Festival, and Hong Kong International Film Festival where his film Pigs won the grand Prize in the short film category in 2011. Wojtasik was a featured filmmaker in the 2009 Flaherty Film Seminar. His installation work includes the immersive 360° Below Sea Level, about post-Katrina New Orleans, exhibited at MASS MoCA and included in Prospect.2 Biennial; as well as Single Stream, shown at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York. The cinema version of Single Stream was presented at the 2014 Whitney Biennial and at Ann Arbor Film Festival.

This month, VDB is proud to be releasing a Blu-ray version of Wajtasik’s work Nine Gates. In conjunction with this new release, VDB sat down with the artist to discuss his influences.

Read the Interview

New Museum and VDB partner on exhibition “Histories of Sexuality”


VDB is collaborating with New York’s New Museum to support Histories of Sexuality, an exhibition which situates VDB artist Wynne Greenwood’s work in proximity to two programs from the museum’s past that focused on sexuality and gender in then-current video works. The programs, HOMO Video: Where We Are Now (1986–87), curated by William Olander, and the video programs associated with Marcia Tucker’s Bad Girls exhibition (1994), curated by filmmaker Cheryl Dunye, are revisited in the current exhibition. These historic video series feature many VDB artists, including Sadie Benning, Lyn Blumenthal, Gregg Bordowitz, Cecilia Dougherty, Richard Fung, Tom Rubnitz, and Suzie Silver.  We are delighted to work with the museum to re-present selections from these historic programs — initially in the ongoing exhibition and, coming in early 2016, featured on VDB TV.

From the exhibition essay

In revisiting HOMO Video and the video programs associated with Bad Girls, this presentation foregrounds the thinking and production that has taken place at the New Museum around issues of sexuality and gender, contextualizing questions that persist today, albeit under different cultural conditions.

Check out the exhibition and use code NEWMUSEUM for 15% off the educational purchase of any titles by the artists in the show. (Expires December 1st, 2015)