Video Data Bank at the 46th International Film Festival Rotterdam

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This month, Video Data Bank continues its longstanding collaboration with the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). The 46th edition of the Festival runs January 25th through February 5th, 2016, with VDB Director Abina Manning in attendance. Please join us for the following special events at the festival:


Borderless and Black & White: DiNAMO Distributor’s Screenings
Black & White Saturday 28th, 3.30-5.08pm
Borderless Sunday 29th, 4.00-5.48pm
Cinema Location: Kino 4
justVDB will collaborate with international colleagues in the Distribution Network of Artists’ Moving Image Organizations (DiNAMO) to present two programs Borderless and Black & White, a collaborative showcase of works that play with issues of border crossing, permeability, and race. VDB is excited to include Joon Soo Ha‘s Just (2002) in Borderless, through a process of degeneration of both sound and image, Just endows the iconic American flag with new context and implication. Ezra Wube‘s Amora (2009) will screen as part of Black & White. This stop action animation is performed and documented directly from life to embrace the present.


2017 Bright Future Short Film Selection: Up Close and Out of Reach
Sunday 29th, 8.15-21.29pm
Monday 30th, 4.00-5.14pm
Cinema Location: Kino 4

Welcome to David Wojnarowicz Week, Steve Reinke
Reinke proposes a new holiday with the motto MORE RAGE LESS DISGUST: David Wojnarowicz Week and takes us through his seven days of celebration.


2017 Bright Future Short Film Selection: Language, Gestures, Movements
Saturday 28th, 4.00-5.10pm
Cinema Location: Cinerama 2
Monday 30th, 2.00-3.10pm
Cinema Location: Kino 4

See a Dog, Hear a Dog, Jesse McLean
Taking its title from a sound design maxim and using it as a conceit to grasp the desire for connection, See A Dog, Hear A Dog probes the limits and possibilities of communication.


2017 Bright Future Short Film Selection: Cardinal Directions
Friday 27th, 8.00-7.09pm
Cinema Location: Cinerama 2
Sunday 29th, 11.30-12.39pm
Cinema Location: Kino 4

The Sea is History, Louis Henderson
The film is a materialist and animist critique of the monumentalization of European colonial history, reading the past instead as something intimately entangled within the present — as a living and mutational thing made up of the living and the dead.


Other VDB artists featured at IFFR include Rosa BarbaeteamKevin Jerome Everson, Mike Hoolboom, Nicolas Provost, Jayce Salloum, Semiconductor, and Matt Wolf.  Huge congratulations to all those who will be featured in competition and thematic programming throughout the festival!

VDB TV: Decades “The Electric Mirror: Reflecting on Video Art in the 1970s” Launches Today!

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VDB TV: Decades
The Electric Mirror:
Reflecting on Video Art in the 1970s

John Baldessari | Lynda Benglis | Simone Forti |
Nancy Holt | Paul & Marlene Kos | Barbara Aronofsky Latham
Susan Mogul | Keith Sonnier | William Wegman

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VDB TV: Decades The Electric Mirror: Reflecting on Video Art in the 1970s

Taking inspiration from Hershman Leeson’s essay Reflections on the Electric Mirror, Farrell’s program concentrates on work from the first decade of American video art. Focusing on artists that were influenced by and who pushed against the televisual impulse, the works in this program derive from television both technologically and culturally, and serve as a catalogue of early experimentation with and in the closed circuit system.

Robyn Farrell is a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. Farrell has spoken widely on contemporary art and time-based media at institutions and conferences, including the University of Chicago, New York University, and the College Art Association Annual Conference.

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

VDB TV: Decades now available for purchase!
Video Data Bank is pleased to offer a subscription package to VDB TV: Decades, a unique five-part streaming series that articulates the development of video as an art form from the early 1970s to the present. This 5-disc compilation will be released, program by program, through Summer 2017, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Video Data Bank. Each program is curated by an inspiring artist, scholar or media arts specialist who will focus on a specific decade, diving into the archive of the VDB to create personal, distinctive, and relevant programs, accompanied by original essays and texts.

As a special introduction to this new and innovative project, 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 deepening audience understanding of the development of video and media art over the past five decades.

Purchase The Electric Mirror: Reflecting on Video Art in the 1970s
Subscribe to VDB TV: 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.