VDB Newsletter ::: December 2016

Video Data Bank Newsletter
December 2016

Catch up with VDB TV: Decades

VDB TV: Decades The Whole World is (Still) Watching

Don’t forget to watch VDB TV: Decades this month. The first program in the series, The Whole World is (Still) Watching continues to stream through mid-January 2017. This exciting survey of the Nineties, curated by regular Artforum contributor Solveig Nelson, features important works by seminal artists including Dara Birnbaum, Tom Rubnitz, and Suzie Silver. The Whole World is (Still) Watching focuses on a form of double vision — seeing the 1960s through the lens of the 1990s — in American video art in the 1990s. It argues that the stakes of the 1960s in this later period corresponds to a sense of the unfinished political promise of nonviolent direct action, and in turn, the unfinished art historical promise of early video.

VDB TV: Decades, a five-part curated screening series exploring the VDB’s unique archive, casts a distinctive eye over the development of video as an art form. Streamed for free on the VDB TV platform as part of Video Data Bank’s 40th Anniversary Celebrations.

The Whole World is (Still) Watching: now available for purchase!

Due to popular demand Video Data Bank is proud to launch The Whole World is (Still) Watching on DVD. This compilation is the first in the five-part VDB TV: Decades project to be made available for educational purchase and will include a specially commissioned essay written by Solveig Nelson. Keep your eyes peeled for future releases in the coming months.

As a special introduction to this new and innovative series, we are currently offering a discount of 25% to those institutions subscribing to the entire series. DVD compilations will be sent to your institution bi-monthly for immediate access by students, professors, and librarians. VDB TV: Decades is the perfect accompaniment to VDB’s iconic anthology Surveying the First Decade: Video Art and Alternative Media in the U.S. 1968-80, providing another essential tool for understanding the development of video and media art over the past five decades.

About VDB TV:

VDB TV is a rotating series of groundbreaking programs presenting essential video art, streaming free for the first time to the general public on the Video Data Bank website. From early media pioneers, to sensational contemporary artists, VDB TV provides unprecedented access to the culturally significant Video Data Bank archive of more than 600 artists and 6,000 video art titles. VDB TV is curated by prominent programmers and moving image art specialists. To advance accessibility to the VDB collection, all programs included within VDB TV feature closed captions for the hearing impaired.

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.

2016 Year-End Sale

Now is the time to add groundbreaking experimental video art to your library! Our DVD compilations offer multi-title collections showcasing the work of both established and emerging VDB artists. Produced with educational institutions in mind, these compilations offer students and faculty direct access to the video artists shaping the field of contemporary art today. Click HERE to browse titles.

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“Videos, much like languages, don’t exist in a vacuum.”

Video Data Bank sat down with Sky Hopinka to talk about his background, art practice, and future projects. His work has played at numerous festivals, including ImagineNATIVE Media + Arts Festival, Toronto; Images Festival, Toronto; Courtisane Festival, Ghent; Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor; American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco; Sundance Film Festival, Park City; Antimatter Film Festival, Victoria; Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago; FLEXfest, Gainsville; and the LA Film Festival, Los Angeles. We are thrilled to announce that Visions of an Island will be exhibited at the 2017 Whitney Biennial, New York City.

VDB Artist News — Winter 2016/17

Art AIDS America, organized by Tacoma Art Museum (WA) in partnership with the Bronx Museum of Arts (NY), culminates its national tour at the new Alphawood Gallery (IL), established for this exhibition by the Alphawood Foundation in Chicago. This vitally important exhibition features work by VDB artists Gregg Bordowitz, Tom Kalin, Ellen Spiro, and Tran, T. Kim-Trang. Continuing through April 2nd, 2017. Free and open to the public, you can view the video introduction to the exhibition HERE.

Anchorage Museum (AK) presents The Kuchar Brothers Underground Holiday Party as part of their Polar Nights series. Enjoy a selection of the Kuchar Brother’s best Holiday Season videos on December 16th, 2016.

This year’s Venice International Performance Art Week is currently exhibiting Linda Montano‘s seminal work Mitchell’s Death along with Coco Fusco and Paula Heredia‘s The Couple in the Cage: Guatianaui Odyssey, a collaboration with Chicano performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña. The festival continues through December 17th, 2016.

Marlon Rigg‘s Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (No Regret) is on looped exhibit at the International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, through December 30th, in observation of HIV/AIDS Awareness Month.

Miranda July‘s The Amateurist will screen at New York City’s Anthology Film Archives alongside Arthur Ginsberg’s The Continuing Story of Carel and Ferd as part of the Voyeurism, Surveillance, and Identity in the Cinema series, December 18th, 2016.

The Arton Foundation, Warsaw, Poland, will exhibit the VideofreexProcess Video Revolution from December 30th, 2016 through January 31st, 2017.

Lucy Raven‘s first UK solo show at London’s Serpentine Galleries runs through February 12th, 2017. Edge of Tomorrow brings together a diverse selection of moving image works in a site-specific installation, including Deborah Stratman‘s Hacked Circuit.

Embodiment Abstracted: The Influence of Yvonne Rainer opens at Chicago’s Gallery 400, on January 13th, 2017. Featuring works by VDB artists Gregg Bordowitz and Yvonne Rainer Embodiment Abstracted moves the ordinary performing body central to Rainer’s approach in the 1960s into new territory. The exhibition continues through March 4th, 2017.

Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016 at the Whitney Museum of American Art (NY) continues through February 5th, 2017. Both the exhibition and expanded programming have included VDB artists Tony Cokes, Ben Coonley, Kevin Jerome Everson, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Martine Syms, and Leslie Thornton.