Video Data Bank Celebrates 40 Years of Visionary Video!

40th-logo-singlelinebottomThis Fall 2016 Video Data Bank (VDB) celebrates forty years of fostering awareness and scholarship of video and media art.

Founded at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 1976 — the organization was first located in a closest at the back of SAIC’s Flaxman Library — VDB has since become a leading resource for video by and about contemporary artists.  Over the past four decades, VDB has strived to foster awareness and scholarship of media art, long advocating for this most democratic and widely distributed of art forms.

To mark this important milestone, VDB is thrilled to collaborate with artists and partners to present an exciting series of special projects and events over the coming months, including artist presentations, box set releases, and the launch of a stimulating new series on the popular streaming platform VDB TV.

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Upcoming Events and Special Projects:

Sara Magenheimer @ Conversations at the Edge (October 20th 2016)

Paul Kos @ Conversations at the Edge (November 3rd 2016)

VDB TV: Decades @ vdb.org/TV (November 2016 — August 2017)

Box Sets and Compilations: Kevin Jerome Everson, Eduardo Kac, Paul Kos, Linda Montanoand Martha Rosler
(Forthcoming in 2016 and 2017)


The Impact of Video Data BankVDB_ALT_Trio

Over its forty-year history VDB has grown to include the work of more that 600 artists and 6,000 video art titles. These titles catalog the development of video as an art form from the late 1960s to the present day.

During this time VDB has proudly supported countless emerging and established artists, from Lynda BenglisBruce Nauman, and Yvonne Rainer to Harun Farocki, Sterling Ruby and Martine Syms.

Many of VDB’s relationships with artists, customers, and audiences have their roots in the early days of the organization, a tribute to the passion and conviction of VDB’s founders Kate Horsfield and Lyn Blumenthal.

VDB Director Abina Manning remarks:

“This significant anniversary causes us to reflect upon the profound impact of video art on the contemporary world. From early Portapak self-portraits, to animations entirely produced on a computer, video art has become our lingua franca.”


VDB by the Numbers:

More than 2.7 million dollars in royalties paid out to artists over the past decade

1,100+ exhibitions, screenings, and educational activities facilitated in 2015

1,500 hours of video art viewed in VDB’s free public screening room in 2015

200 terabytes of video art digitized

40+ artists showcased in Chicago in collaboration with Conversations at the Edge


Support Video Data Bank

wonderwomanAt the Video Data Bank we believe in the unique vitality of our moving image community, a belief that we share with our artists, customers, and partners. As a non-profit organization, Video Data Bank relies on the generosity of foundations and individuals like you who believe that video art and artists are worthy of investment. If you have used the VDB collection to program a screening or exhibition, watched one of our many compilations in a school library, or browsed our extensive online resources to learn about video and media art and artists — we appreciate you and we need your support!

Please consider making a donation to Video Data Bank today, whether $50, $20, or $10. In fact if just 10% of our newsletter subscribers were to give only $10 each we would be able to preserve more than 20 historically important works of video art. In any amount, we truly appreciate your gift.

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