This month, Video Data Bank continues its longstanding support of the Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF). The 54th edition of the festival runs March 15th through March 20th, 2016, and VDB Development and Marketing Manager Ruth Hodgins will be in attendance from March 18th. This year’s festival includes many new titles from VDB artists: Rosa Barba, Stephanie Barber, Jem Cohen, Kevin Jerome Everson, Kent Lambert, Dani Leventhal, Ben Russell, and Deborah Stratman. In addition, a selection of major works from our historic collection will be featured in special programs.
Featured in Juror Presentation: Carl Bogner Thursday, March 17th, 1 pm, Michigan Theatre (Screening Room)
Reinke envisions an art institute where you don’t have to make anything, and with a library full of books glued together.
“I think what will make my new school better than the old ones – well, maybe not better, but more precise – is that we will limit the type of discourse allowed….”
– Steve Reinke
Hand Movie (1966)
Hand Movie is part of the compilation Five Easy
Pieces featuring early short works made between 1966 to 1969. Hand Movie is a close-up of a hand raised from a hospital bed, the fingers of which enact a sensuous dance. Camerawork by William Davis.
Juror Presentation: Rebecca Baron
Friday March 18th, 1 pm, Michigan Theater (Screening Room)
The 54th AAFF welcomes VDB artist Rebecca Baron to the Jury and features a selection of her titles in a special screening on Friday March 18th. Rebecca Baron is known for her essay films concerned with the construction of history. She has a particular interest in media archeology and the ways photographs and moving images create meaning and hold historiographic knowledge.
Clockwise from top left: okay bye-bye, The Idea of North, Lossless #3, Detour de Force
okay bye-bye (1998) In okay bye-bye, so named for what Cambodian children shouted to the U.S. ambassador in 1975 as he took the last helicopter out of Phnom Phenh in advance of the Khmer Rouge, Rebecca Baron explores the relationship of history to memory.
The Idea of North (1995) In the guise of chronicling the final moments of three polar explorers marooned on an ice floe a century ago, Baron’s film investigates the limitations of images and other forms of record as a means of knowing the past and the paradoxical interplay of film time, historical time, real time and the fixed moment of the photograph.
Lossless #3 (2008) Rebecca Baron, Douglas Goodwin Removing keyframes from a digital version of John Ford’s The Searchers, Baron and Goodwin attack the film’s temporal structuring to render a kinetic “painted desert” of the West.
Detour de Force (2014) Detour de Force presents the world of thoughtographer Ted Serios, a charismatic Chicago bell hop who, in the mid-1960’s produced hundreds of Polaroid images from his mind.