Academic Back To School Savings

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September is finally upon us! Students and faculty are eagerly returning to colleges and universities everywhere. Save up to 20% on purchases made before October 31st, 2017 by taking advantage of VDB’s academic back to school savings.

Video Data Bank’s 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. This fall also sees some exciting new releases from Cecelia Condit, Frédéric Moffet, and Zhengfan Yang.

Use code B2S17 for 20% off any compilation or box set
Use code FALLSAVINGS17 for 10% off any other purchase
Through October 31st, 2017

40 Years of Visionary Video

VDB’s 40th anniversary year is now officially behind us! The last 12 months have bought a whirlwind of activity as we marked four decades at the forefront of video and media arts, and celebrated the extraordinary video artists in the VDB archive.  The year saw some exciting projects and special events:

Video Data Bank is now officially 41!  As we move into our fifth decade, we are honored to represent the work of all 600 artists in the collection, from pioneers of the 1960s and 70s such as Nancy Holt, Bruce Nauman, and Yvonne Rainer, to the latest works by emerging and established contemporary artists, including Coco Fusco, Sky Hopinka, and Martine Syms. We look forward to continuing and deepening our relationships with artists, users and audiences, and to embracing the challenges of the future — be they new delivery systems, changing technologies, or social and political challenges.  We continue to believe in arts power to transform the world! Here’s to 40 more years…

— Abina Manning
VDB Executive Director on behalf of the VDB Team

VDB TV: Decades “Sandwiched Between Trauma and Apocalypse” launches today!

VDB TV: Decades

Sandwiched Between Trauma and Apocalypse: history as it intersects with biography and the rewriting of the past

Paul Chan | Ximena Cuevas

Jesse McLean | Walid Raad | Steve Reinke

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VDB TV: Decades
Sandwiched Between Trauma and Apocalypse:
history as it intersects with biography and the rewriting of the past

“By relating history to biography, we find ourselves snuggly positioned between trauma and apocalypse. It is between these two points that this program unfolds, each work radically reconfiguring this relationship between history and biography to make meaning of the present. These videos by Paul Chan, Ximena Cuevas, Jesse McLean, Steve Reinke, and Walid Raad propose subjective rewritings of historical events, claiming agency over how these pasts are understood. The works variously articulate the irreconcilability of worlds — we live together in alternate, yet parallel realities.”

— Aily Nash

Continue reading Aliy Nash’s essay Sandwiched Between Trauma and Apocalypse: history as it intersects with biography and the rewriting of the past

Aily Nash is a curator based in New York. She is co-curator of Projections, the New York Film Festival’s artists’ film and video section, and a Biennial advisor and co-curator of the film program for the 2017 Whitney Biennial. She is program advisor to the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s Short Film section. She has curated programs and exhibitions for MoMA PS1, NYC; Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYC; Anthology Film Archives, NYC; FACT, Liverpool, UK; Image Forum, Tokyo, Japan; Tabakalera, San Sebastian, Spain; and others. Her writing has appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, BOMB, Artforum.com, Film Comment, and elsewhere. Nash curated five seasons of the Basilica Screenings series at Basilica Hudson (2012-2016). She has taught at Parsons and Bruce High Quality Foundation University in New York. In 2015, she was awarded a Curatorial Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation.

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.

Purchase Sandwiched Between Trauma and Apocalypse

Purchase the entire VDB TV: Decades Series

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 2017 ALA Conference & Exhibition

Video Data Bank (VDB) is pleased to partner with the American Library Association (ALA) during the 2017 Annual Conference and Exhibition, taking place in our hometown of Chicago, June 22nd-27th. During this event-packed conference — which will feature well-known speakers including Ron Chernow, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Hillary Rodham Clinton — staff from VDB will be sitting on a number of panel discussions, tabling in the exhibition hall, and hosting the ALA Video Round Table Gala at the Gene Siskel Film Center. If you are in Chicago for the weekend we hope that you will join us for what promises to be an exciting few days of exploration and discovery with colleagues new and old. Development and Marketing Manager, George William Price and Distribution Manager, Zach Vanes will be available for individual meetings on Friday 23rd and Monday 26th. Please see our About Us page for contact information.

Friday 23rd-Monday 26th
ALA Exhibition
McCormick Place West Building
Level 3
Halls F1 & F2
Booth #4635

VDB staff will be available to discuss all matters related to video art, distribution, and preservation.

Saturday 24th, 3.00-4.00pm
Audiovisual Materials and Issues with Degradation and Storage
McCormick Place, W179a

Tom Colley, Archive and Collection Manager
Kristin MacDonough, Digitization Specialist

Film, video, and audiotape are increasingly at risk for physical degradation due to poor storage environments and their chemical properties, known as “inherent vice.” These vulnerability issues continue to gain attention. Likewise, knowing preservation best practices of analog objects is growing in importance, especially as digitization isn’t a feasible option for many institutions. This panel will discuss the science of this deterioration and ideal vs. practical solutions for storage through case studies and discussions.

Sunday 25th, 10.30-11.30am
Preservation Showdown: Audiovisual Edition
McCormick Place, W184d

Kristin MacDonough, Digitization Specialist

Two teams will go head to head to debate the statement “The preservation of analog audiovisual media is the single most important preservation issue facing libraries (and archives and museums) in 2017.” Teams will include members from the Preservation and Reformatting Section and the Video Round Table, bringing their different perspectives to each side of the issue. Audience members will be expected to ask questions during the debate, and the debate will be followed by an open discussion with the audience and the debaters.

Sunday 25th, 7.00-9.00pm
ALA Video Round Table Gala
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.

Tom Colley, Archive and Collection Manager
George William Price, Development and Marketing Manager

Join the Video Round Table for drinks and hors d’oeuvres followed by a presentation on the media collective Videofreex from Tom Colley, Archive and Collection Manager of Video Data Bank. One of the earliest video collectives in the United States, the Videofreex formed in 1969 at the legendary Woodstock Music festival, and went on to tour the country with the newly available Portapak video equipment interviewing counter-cultural figures of the day. In 2001, as part of Video Data Bank’s mission to preserve and archive important historical video, they began amassing the Videofreex’s vast tape archive on the now-defunct half-inch open reel video format. The presentation at the Gene Siskel Film Center will include rarely seen gems from the Videofreex archive, including historic interviews with Fred Hampton and Abbie Hoffman.

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

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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

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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.

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 www.arts.gov.

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 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.


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.

Video Data Bank Newsletter ::: March 2017

VDB TV: Decades

Problematizing Pleasure / Punk Theory

Liza Béar | Dara Birnbaum

Cecelia Condit | Tony Oursler | Julie Zando

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.) Perhaps semiotics was the dying gasp of modernism, a conservative strain of modernism posing as postmodernism. The death of the author resulting not in the birth of the reader, but in the birth of a severe, obscure, hermetic semiotician.”

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

Steve Reinke is an artist and writer best known for his videos. His work is screened widely and is part of several collections, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), the Pompidou (Paris, France), and the National Gallery (Ottawa, Canada).  His videos typically have diaristic or collage formats, and his autobiographical voice overs share his desires and pop culture appraisals with endearing wit. Born in a village in northern Ontario, he is currently Associate Professor of Art Theory & Practice at Northwestern University.

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 Artists Showcased in the Whitney Biennial

March 17th-June 11th, 2017

We are thrilled to announce that Video Data Bank artists Basma Alsharif, Kevin Jerome Everson, Sky Hopinka, Dani Leventhal, Leslie Thornton and James Richards have been included in the lineup for the Whitney Biennial 2017! The exhibition includes sixty-three participants, ranging from emerging to well-established individuals and collectives working in painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, film and video, photography, activism, performance, music, and video game design.

Congratulations to all of the artists as well as curators Christopher Y. Lew, Mia Locks, and film program co-curator Aily Nash.

“The 2017 Whitney Biennial is a Pitch-Perfect Survey of Art Today”
Artsy.net

“The show already feels nostalgic—most of the works were chosen before last year’s Presidential election. Remember back then?”
The New Yorker

VDB Artist Screenings at the Whitney Biennial 2017:

All screenings take place in the Susan and John Hess Family Theater. Each Sunday, the screening will be followed by a conversation with the artists joined by writers, curators, and scholars. Advance tickets are available at whitney.org/Biennial.


Upgrade Surveying the First Decade and save 15%!
Librarians, Video Data Bank invites you to upgrade your VHS copy of Surveying the First Decade: Video Art and Alternative Media in the U.S. 1968-1980 and finally recycle that dusty old VHS player. Through April 2017 we are offering an unprecedented 15% discount to upgrade Surveying the First Decade from VHS to DVD! Contact our Distribution Manager, Zach Vanes, at zach@vdb.org for further details.

VDB Artist News — Spring 2017

In this month’s Artforum, Dennis Lim has written a wonderful incisive piece on Sky Hopinka‘s work. Lim writes: “The searching, striking digital films of Sky Hopinka are complex formal arrangements, conceptually and aesthetically dense, characterized by an intricate layering of word and image. But they are also wellsprings of beauty and mystery, filled with surprising confluences of speech and song, color and motion.”

Elisabeth Subrin‘s feature film A Woman, A Part will have its theatrical premiere at the IFC Center (New York, NY), March 22nd-28th, including a in-person Q&A on Wednesday, March 22nd. You can read more about Subrin’s smart and emotional feminist endeavor in Erika Balsom’s overview of this year’s 45th International Film Festival Rotterdam for Artforum.

Cornelia Sollfrank will exhibit at Studio XX (Monréal, Canada), March 30th-April 22nd. Commons Lab will take a closer look at the overlapping areas of feminism, digital art, and commons.

Art AIDS America, organized by Tacoma Art Museum (Tacoma, WA) in partnership with the Bronx Museum of Arts (New York, NY), culminates its national tour at the new Alphawood Gallery (Chicago, IL), established for this exhibition by the Alphawood Foundation. 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.

Jules Maeght Gallery (San Francisco, CA) presents Bitter Creek Sweet Water, a group exhibition influenced by the nostalgia of the American West featuring the work of VDB artist Paul Kos. The exhibition opens February 16th and runs through April 29th, 2017.

CentroCentro (Madrid, Spain) is currently exhibiting Martha Rosler‘s seminal video Semiotics of the Kitchen through May 21st, 2017.

Paul Chan has a solo exhibition Rhi Anima currently on view at Greene Naftali (New York, NY). Rhi Anima features a new body of work Chan calls “breathers.” The breathers are both sculptural works and moving images. This is his third solo exhibition at the gallery and will run through April 15th.

Sky Hopinka: Translations and Transmutations

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Thursday, March 16, 6:00 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.

A Ho-Chunk Nation national and descendent of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, Sky Hopinka creates sublime polyrhythmic works that draw upon his history and identity. He presents a selection of recent works built around ideas of homeland, language, and landscape. In the dazzling Anti-Objects, or Space Without Path or Boundary (2016), audio of one of the last speakers of Chinuk Wawa, a Native American language from the Pacific Northwest, echoes over images of memorials and contemporary structures around the city of Portland, Oregon that have complicated connections to the Chinookan people who have lived there for thousands of years. In a new work, filmed at the site of the Standing Rock resistance, the land is at once living and abstracted through history, politics, and money. Also on the program are I’ll Remember You as You Were, Not as What You’ll Become (2016), Visions of an Island (2015), and Jáaji Approx. (2015), among others. In English, Hocak, Aleut, and Chinuk Wawa with some English subtitles.  

Presented in collaboration with Video Data Bank (VDB) as part of the organization’s 40th Anniversary Year.

2015—17, USA, digital file, ca 60 min + discussion

Sky Hopinka in person

Sky Hopinka was born and raised in Ferndale, Washington and spent a number of years in Palm Springs, and Riverside, California, and Portland, Oregon and is currently based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In Portland he studied and taught Chinuk Wawa, a language indigenous to the Lower Columbia River Basin. He received his BA from Portland State University in Liberal Arts and his MFA in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.