Video Data Bank Newsletter: April/May 2017

2017 Academic Year-End Sale

As this year’s academic year draws to a close, now is the time to add groundbreaking experimental video art to your institution’s media collection! Save up to 20% on purchases made before June 30th, 2017 by taking advantage of VDB’s academic year-end sale.

Video Data Bank’s multi-title compilations and box sets offer great value to educational institutions, allowing students, faculty, and researchers direct access to the work of moving image practitioners shaping the field of contemporary art today including Peggy Ahwesh, A.K. Burns, Ximena Cuevas, Renée Green, Kent Lambert, and Ezra Wube.

Use Code FY2017 for 20% off any compilation or box set
Use Code YEAREND17 for 10% off any other purchase
Through June 30th, 2017

Watch VDB TV: Decades
Problematizing Pleasure / Punk Theory

VDB TV: Decades Problematizing Pleasure / Punk Theory

“I was born in 1963, and so the 1980s mean something to me, but I’m not sure what. I think it good, for instance, that I didn’t get AIDS and die. Also, that I only flirted with semiotics. Like cybernetics, which started in the 1950s, grew to dominance in the 1960s and simply faded away in the 1970s, we once believed in semiotics. In the 1980s, it was the way to understand how images contained meanings/produced discourses, and how texts circulate. (How do they circulate? Intertextually.) ”

Continue reading Steve Reinke‘s essay Problematizing Pleasure / Punk Theory

VDB TV: Decades celebrates forty years of Video Data Bank’s support for video art and artists. This five-part series, programmed by experts in the field, casts a distinctive eye over the development of video as an art form from the early 1970s to the 2010s.

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

Video Data Bank at the
63rd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen
May 11th-16th, 2017

Video Data Bank’s Development and Marketing Manager George William Price, and Distribution Manager Zach Vanes, will be in attendance at the 63rd International Short Film Festival in Oberhausen, Germany.

They will present a program of new works by VDB artists Nadav AssorSky Hopinka, Kent Lambert, Dana LevyJessie Mott in collaboration with Steve Reinke, and Martine Syms. If you are attending this year’s festival we invite you to join us in the Lichtburg Filmpalast Sunset for VDB’s screening on Friday, May 12th, 10.30pm.

George and Zach are available May 11th-15th, and can be contacted at or throughout the festival.

Video Data Bank at
LOOP Barcelona
May 18th-27th, 2017

Abina Manning, Director of Video Data Bank, is collaborating with LOOP Barcelona to present Looking in the Mirror, I See Me at Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA). Part of VDB’s 40th Anniversary celebrations, the screening takes place on Wednesday, May 24th, 5.00pm.

The artworks in this program, all made by women artists active in the 1970s – video’s first decade – occupy a number of positions and points of view in relation to women’s role in society. The artists included in the screening are Lynda Benglis, Hermine Freed, Suzanne Lacy, Barbara Aronofsky Latham, Susan Mogul, and Linda Montano.

Abina will be in attendance at LOOP Barcelona May 22nd-27th and can be contacted at

On Art and Artists New Releases

Video Data Bank is delighted to offer eight new titles as part of the On Art and Artists (OAA) Interview Collection, a unique body of interviews and portraits of artists, musicians, performers, architects, theorists, and critics, spanning 1974 to the present.

The OAA Collection represents five decades of producing and acquiring interviews by the Video Data Bank, and features more than 400 available titles, of which at least half are interviews produced by the Video Data Bank and its co-founders Lyn Blumenthal and Kate Horsfield.

These new releases include some of Video Data Bank’s most recent interviews with artists, filmmakers, and scholars. From Abramović to Wodiczko, the collection offers those interested in art history, contemporary practices, and education a rare and rewarding study guide, offering insight into the lives, practices and, methodologies of some of the most vital practitioners of our time.

Caroline Bergvall: An Interview
2016, 50:11, United States, English, Color, Stereo, 16:9, HD Video

Largely focused on the critical use of language in both archaic and contemporary contexts, poet Caroline Bergvall’s practice asks questions about cultural identity and feminism, while exploring challenging or unknown historical and political events. She works across media including audio texts, plurilingual poetry, installation, and performance writing.

Ann Cvetkovich: An Interview
2016, 01:04:11, United States, English, Color, Stereo, 16:9, HD Video

Ann Cvetkovich is the Ellen Clayton Garwood Centennial Professor of English and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of a number of books and works with documentary film, memoirs, music and dance performances, and visual art. Her work focuses on feminist and queer theory, affect and feeling, trauma, theories of the archive, and oral history.

Louis Henderson: An Interview
2015, 01:22:55, United States, English, Color, Stereo, 16:9, HD video

Louis Henderson’s work focuses on colonial critique both in the real and digital world. Born in England in 1983, he graduated from London College of Communication and Le Fresnoy—Studio National Des Arts Contemporains. He recently completed a post-diplôme at the European School of Visual Arts.

Juliana Huxtable: An Interview
2016, 39:13, United States, English, Color, Stereo, 16:9, HD video

Juliana Huxtable was born in Texas and studied at Bard College, NY. An artist working across video, photography, poetry, and music, her practice demands a reexamination of the canon of art history in order to break the cycle of misrepresentation and under-representation of minorities in the contemporary art world.

Tom Kalin: An Interview
2016, 01:29:32, United States, Color, Stereo, 16:9, HD Video

Tom Kalin is a screenwriter, film director, producer, and educator. As a key figure in New Queer Cinema, his work focuses on the portrayal of gay sexuality both in the age of AIDS and historically. Informed by his work with two AIDS activist collectives, ACT UP and Gran Fury, Kalin’s video work is characterized by appropriated images, original portraits, and performances.

Sara Magenheimer: An Interview
2016, 00:44:03, United States, English, Color, Stereo, 16:9, HD VideoSara Magenheimer earned her MFA at Bard College, NY, in 2013 and has since shown her work internationally in Canada, Iceland, the Czech Republic, and Denmark. Her cross-disciplinary practice plays with the juxtaposition between the form and the content of language, exposing the absurdity of expected meanings.

Kidlat Tahimik: An Interview
1998, 00:58:29, United States, English, Color, Stereo, 4:3, Video

Kidlat Tahimik is a Filipino filmmaker, writer, and actor. Known as the “Father of Philippine Independent Cinema,” his contemplative films are associated with the Third Cinema movement for their examination of neocolonialism and the culture of Hollywood.

Ming Wong: An Interview
2015, 01:08:32, United States, English, Color, Stereo, 16:9, HD Video

Ming Wong creates videos that explore race and gender through performance. Born in Singapore of Chinese heritage and now based in Berlin, his work examines cross-cultural experiences by appropriating scenes from iconic world cinema. Wong casts himself anachronistically as the star, critically exposing the otherness of the relationship between media and world history.