VDB TV Presents: Ship of Fools
Curated by George William Price
As part of Video Data Bank’s ongoing commitment to the public presentation of exceptional moving image art, VDB TV presents this free online program of curated video works (1981-2005) that explore insanity and temporal dissonance. From the viscerally disturbed performance of Hester Scheurwater in her video Mama to the camp irony of Tom Rubnitz’s Pyskho III the Musical, each title in Ship of Fools wrestles with the subjects of family and addiction, death and dying, and social or physical movement. A short essay, written by curator George William Price, accompanies the program:
“The works curated within the program Ship of Fools are both physical and metaphysical entities holding the potential for social rupture through a redistribution and reinvention of forms — be that of the detritus of contemporary life, or of the fragile human body. Videos such as Max Almy’s Deadline are self-reflexive loops that re-work contemporary culture by opening up a space in the form of a temporal fissure — an all-knowing, never-ending circuit.” Read More
Sourced from the historically significant archives of the Video Data Bank, VDB TV includes work from early video pioneers active in the 1960s and 70s, through to emerging contemporary artists. VDB TV offers viewers across the United States and beyond access to rare video art, the opportunity to engage with programs conceived by a wide range of curators, and original writing, all while ensuring that artists are compensated for their work. For more information on VDB TV, and to view previous programs, visit the online archive.
VDB TV is supported in part by a Media Arts award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how NEA grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov