#GivingTuesday — November 28th, 2017

We believe in the unique vitality of our community, a belief that we share with our artists, customers, and partners. This #GivingTuesday please consider a tax-deductible donation to Video Data Bank, your support will allow us to continue to serve both the artists represented in our collection, and the wider visual arts community that benefits from our resources. www.vdb.org/support

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New Release from Eduardo Kac: Telepresence, Bio Art & Poetry [1980-2010]


Video Data Bank is proud to present the pioneering work of bio artist Eduardo Kac. Telepresence, Bio Art & Poetry is a three-disc box set featuring art works that expand the limits of locality, light, and language. Included is a 119-page monograph containing seven essays that investigate and elaborate on how Kac uses communication processes, biological life, and digital networks to create works that explore fundamental human experiences such as the fluidity of language, dialogical interaction, and awareness of our relative place in the larger community of life. The release of this box set will allow access to groundbreaking work never before readily available to audiences worldwide.

“The impact of Kac’s transgenic art — and in particular his daring creation of new animals — on the contemporary art scene has been considerable. Looking at his works as a whole, one can see the artist’s audacious inventions and achievements as a decisive contribution to an expanded definition of art in the 21st Century. Kac’s works introduce a vital meaning into what has been known as the creative process, while also investing the artist-inventor with an original social and ethical responsibility.”

—Frank Popper
Professor Emeritus of Aesthetics, University of Paris, 2017

Kac’s work has been exhibited internationally at venues such as Exit Art and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid; Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai; and Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea. Read more about Eduardo Kac

“No one medium can hold Eduardo Kac. His work ranges from body-based performance art and graffiti to the use of fax machines, slow-scan, digital poetry, telerobotics, the web, and biotechnology. In Kac’s art what matters is not the storage medium but the concepts which, in his case, can only be expressed through the use of new technologies.”

—Annick Bureaud
art press, 1999

Ordering Info
Multi-region DVD | Institutional Purchase Only | $650 plus shipping | Contact: info@vdb.org

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VDB at the Chicago Art Book Fair


This November we are delighted to be participating in the inaugural Chicago Art Book Fair as a vendor and programmer. The CABF is dedicated to showcasing emerging directions and diverse legacies within small press arts publishing. The fair features an international group of over 100 arts publishers, small presses, book artists, comics artists, zinemakers and printmakers. The fair will take place over the course of three and a half days from November 16th-19th, and will also feature satellite programming and after parties. CABF is free and open to the public.

Stop by booth 114 and say hi! We will be selling books and media from artists in our collection, as well as some fabulous VDB swag. Additionally, there will be a special screening of recent VDB acquisitions, Saturday 18th at 5.30pm. The program features work screened at the 63rd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (Germany), including groundbreaking new releases from Nadav Assor, Sky Hopinka, Kent Lambert, Dana Levy, Jessie Mott & Steve Reinke, and Martine Syms.

Chicago Athletic Association
12 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603

Find out more about the Chicago Art Book Fair via http://cabf.no-coast.org/