VDB TV: Decades “Future-Past-Present: A Journey Through the Twenty-Tens so Far”


Basma Alsharif | Rosa Barba | Doug Ischar | Nicolas Provost

Steve Reinke | Martine Syms | Matt Wolf | Akram Zaatari

VDB TV: Decades Future-Past-Present: A Journey Through the Twenty-Tens So Far

“How can one even start to articulate the conditions that determine the artistic output of a decade that has begun to experience such violent rupture? How does one give voice to a decade that began with the utopia of post-millennial transparency only to descend into a whirlpool of continual lies? ‘Post-truth’ is the accommodating misnomer that has been instrumentalized by news media to articulate the ‘alternative facts’ that have been propagated by the presidential campaign and policies of the newly-elected President of the United States, former reality TV star and real-estate mogul, Donald Trump.”

Continue reading Omar Kholeif’s essay Future-Past-Present: A Journey Through the Twenty-Tens So Far

Dr. Omar Kholeif is the Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Arthur and Carol Kaufman Goldberg Visiting Professor and Curator at Hunter College, New York in Fall 2016. He has curated over 100 exhibitions, commissions and special projects, including the Liverpool Biennial, the Cyprus Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale and the Abraaj Group Art Prize. Previously he was Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery, London; Senior Curator at Cornerhouse and HOME, Manchester; Head of Art and Technology at Space, London; Curator at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool; Senior Editor at Ibraaz Publishing; and Artistic Director, Arab British Centre, London. Dr. Kholeif is the author and/or editor of over twenty books of criticism, poetry and fiction, including, You Are Here: Art After the Internet (2014), Moving Image (2015), The Rumors of the World: Re-thinking Trust in the Age of the Internet (2015), and Electronic Superhighway: From Experiments in Art and Technology to Art After the Internet (2016).

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!

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.

VDB at the 63rd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and LOOP Barcelona 2017

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.

We congratulate the other VDB artists being screened at this year’s festival including David Cort and Mary Curtis Ratcliff, Harun Farocki, Paul Garrin, George Stoney, and the Videofreex.

George and Zach are available May 11th-15th, and can be contacted at george@vdb.org or zach@vdb.org 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 abina@vdb.org.

Vito Acconci 1940-2017


All of us at Video Data Bank mourn the death of artist Vito Acconci, who died on April 28th. In celebration of Acconci’s career we have made his 1983 interview with VDB founders Lyn Blumenthal and Kate Horsfield available to stream online for free.

In this interview, Vito Acconci analyzes his artistic output, ranging from early poetic work through to his architecture, pulling attention away from sensationalist readings and back to his basic concerns regarding the productive and critical role of art. Acconci offers critical perspective of the personal and public contexts of his work. Major works from many phases of his production are presented in this discussion (Following Piece, Seedbed, Claim, Reception Room, and Instant House). Within the dialogue, Acconci tracks variations in his approaches to the roles of power, body, physical space, and the private/public divide within his art. He also evaluates the ways in which the movements of conceptualism and process art entered his practice.

A historical interview originally recorded in 1983 and re-edited in 2004 with support from the Lyn Blumenthal Memorial Fund.