VDB TV: Decades Launches Today!

VDB TV: Decades
The Whole World is (Still) Watching
Sadie Benning | Dara Birnbaum | Gran Fury
Leah Gilliam | Tom Kalin | Tom Rubnitz | Suzie Silver

VDB TV: Decades The Whole World is (Still) Watching

This November, Video Data Bank (VDB) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates forty years of supporting video art and artists with the launch of VDB TV: Decades, a five-part curated screening series exploring the VDB’s unique archive, streamed for free on the VDB TV platform.

VDB TV: Decades casts a distinctive eye over the development of video as an art form. First in the series is The Whole World is (Still) Watching, an exciting survey of the Nineties curated by regular Artforum contributor Solveig Nelson, featuring videos by seminal artists including Dara Birnbaum, Tom Rubnitz, and Suzie Silver. Launching November 14th at vdb.org/tv, this special series will mark the beginning of an incredible year of reflection and celebration for Video Data Bank.

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 Conversations at the Edge

Left: Sara Magenheimer at Conversations at the Edge, October 20th
Right: Paul Kos via Skype at Conversations at the Edge, November 3rd

As part of Video Data Bank’s ongoing 40th Anniversary Celebrations we were pleased to welcome both emerging multimedia artist Sara Magenheimer (October 20th) and seminal conceptual artist and educator Paul Kos (November 3rd) to the renowned experimental media series Conversation at the Edge (CATE) located at the Gene Siskel Film Center. You can read more about Magenheimer’s and Kos’ practice by visiting the CATE blog where VDB Distribution and Marketing Manager, George William Price, has written two short texts on the artists:

On Sara Magenheimer
On Paul Kos


Sympathetic Vibrations:
The Videoworks of Paul Kos

Video Data Bank is proud to launch Sympathetic Vibrations: The Videoworks of Paul Kos. This two-disc box set features 25 video works and a 50-page monograph containing specially commissioned essays that expand upon Kos’ five-decade long practice by art scholar Constance Lewallen and SFMOMA’s Curator of Media Arts Rudolf Frieling.

Sympathetic Vibration: The Videoworks of Paul Kos is available for educational purchase.

“[Paul Kos’] work is conceptual to a degree, but it takes a real, generally sculptural, form. Add to that a strong vein of Dada absurdity and an ultra-dry wit, and it adds up to one of the Bay Area’s most entertaining, influential and important living artists.”

— Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle


Video Data Bank believes in the unique vitality of our moving image community, a belief that we share with our artists, customers, and partners. As a non-profit organization, Video Data Bank relies on the generosity of individuals like you who believe that video art and artists are worthy of investment.

As part of our 40th Anniversary Celebrations we are releasing a selection of limited edition merchandise! These include stylish tote bags, stickers, and buttons to show the world you care about video and media art. We are offering these to VDB donors throughout our anniversary year, but hurry, as stocks are limited!


VDB Artist News — Fall 2016

Harun Farocki‘s Parallel IV and Peggy Ahwesh‘s She Puppet will screen as part of Game Play: Artist’s Playing Video Games, November 14th at OFFoff Art Cinema, Gent, Belgium.

Ellen Spiro‘s (In)Visible Women is on looped exhibit at the International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, November 15th through December 4th, in observation of HIV/AIDS Awareness Month.

Cecelia Condit and Leslie Thornton are featured in Stranded at Schwimmen-zwei-Vögel (2), taking place November 16th at the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria.

Feel the Burn: Video Art and Television, screening November 16th at Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, will showcase multiple works by VDB artists including Max AlmyAnt Farm, Dara Birnbaum, Anthony Discenza, and Ilene Segalove. The screening will be presented alongside a conversation between Chip Lord and Steve Seid.

November 15th through the 20th, Ursula Biemann‘s Subatlantic will be exhibited as part of the 33rd Kasseler Dokumentarfilm-und Videofest, Kassel, Germany.

Basma Alsharif‘s The Story of Milk and Honey and Home Movies Gaza will be screened at the Palestinian Film Festival Australia, November 17th through December 4th.

Sadie Benning‘s solo exhibition Shared Eye opens at Chicago’s Renaissance Society November 19th through January 22nd, 2017. You can download the poster for Benning’s exhibition by clicking HERE.

Louis Henderson‘s All That Is Solid will be shown at the Departament de Cultura, Barcelona, Spain on November 15th.

The Saint Louis Art Museum presents two works by Dara Birnbaum, Technology/Transformation: Wonder Women and Kiss the Girls: Make the Cry, through December 11th. Birnbaum was also interviewed for BOMB Magazine by Barbara Schröder & Karen Kelley.

Tran, T. Kim-Trang has released a new digital publication more than meets the eye: the videos of Tran T. Kim-Trang. This publication contains a number of original critical texts, from scholars such as Lucas Hilderbrand and Holly Willis, which were commissioned in 2009 by Video Data Bank as part of The Blindness Series box set.

VDB Newsletter ::: October 2016

Sara Magenheimer: Slow Zoom Long Pause
Conversations at the Edge
October 20th, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago

Sara Magenheimer, still from Slow Zoom Long Pause, 2015.

Sara Magenheimer, still from Slow Zoom Long Pause, 2015.

Thursday, October 20th, 6:00 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.

Video Data Bank is delighted to present artist Sara Magenheimer at
Conversations at the Edge as part of our 40th Anniversary Year celebrations.

In her arresting videos, Sara Magenheimer mixes humor and playfulness with a sophisticated inquiry into language and meaning-making. Using visual puns, graphics, and text-to-voice computer programs, her work explores the slippery dimensions of communication. In Seven Signs That Mean Silence (2013), two disembodied computer voices describe in-between places where meaning hides. In Slow Zoom Long Pause (2015), characters meditate on the many ways language fails.

2011–16, USA, multiple formats, ca 60 min + discussion

Sara Magenheimer (b. Philadelphia) has exhibited, performed, and screened her work widely. Recent exhibitions include White Columns, New York; Foxy Productions, New York; and Document, Chicago; among others. From 2004–10 Magenheimer performed in bands, touring extensively and releasing five records. She was the recipient of a 2014 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant, a 2015 Artadia Grant, and the Prix De Varti at the 2015 Ann Arbor Film Festival. Upcoming exhibitions include Art In General’s New Commissions in Riga, Latvia, and a solo exhibition at the Kitchen in New York.

Find Out More
“VDB Asks…Sara Magenhiemer”
Conversations at the Edge
Video Data Bank Celebrates 40 Years of Visionary Video!


2016 Political Data Bank

Let the Video Data Bank be your political guide this month
with our Top Ten Election Season Videos!

Four More Years, TVTV, 1972
TVTV’s inside view of the 1972 Republican National Convention made broadcast history. While network cameras focused on the orchestrated renomination of Richard Nixon, TVTV’s rag-tag army of guerrilla television activists turned their cameras on to the cocktail parties, anti-war demonstrations, hype and hoopla that accompanied the show.

The Eternal Frame, Ant Farm and T.R. Uthco, 1976
Irreverent yet poignant, The Eternal Frame is a re-enactment of the assassination of John F. Kennedy as seen in the famous Zapruder film. This home movie was immediately confiscated by the FBI, yet found its way into the visual subconscious of the nation.

The Speech, Doug Hall, 1982
This tape grew out of Hall’s fascination with Ronald Reagan and his uncanny ability to demonstrate what he called the ‘Signifiers of Americanism’.

Perfect Leader, Max Almy, 1983
A satire of the political television spot, Perfect Leader shows that ideology is the product and power is the payoff.

The Riot Tapes, Ilene Segalove, 1984
A video biography of Segalove’s political involvement in college, of her boyfriend (who became anorexic while dieting to evade the draft), and of her discovery that art could give her a voice and a forum for her political views.

Canon: Taking to the Street, Dara Birnbaum, 1990
Starting with student-recorded VHS footage of two successive Take Back the Night marches at Princeton University, Birnbaum develops a saga of political awareness through personalized experiences.

Stoney Does Houston, Bob Hercules, 1992
In this irreverent and hilarious videotape, renowned street performer Stoney Burke leads us on a subversive tour of the 1992 Republican National Convention in Houston’s Astrodome.

RE:THE_OPERATION, Paul Chan, 2002
Based on a set of drawings that depict George W. Bush’s administration as wounded soldiers in the war against terrorism, RE:THE_OPERATION explores the sexual and philosophical dynamics of war through the lives of the members as they physically engage each other and the “enemy.”

Energy Country, Deborah Stratman, 2003
This short video harangue questions land use policy as it serves the oil industry, patriotism as it absolves foreign aggression, and fundamentalism as it calcifies thinking.

Political Advertisement, Antonio Muntadas and Marshall Reese, 1996-2016
Political Advertisement depicts the evolution of political ads over the last 44 years, beginning with Eisenhower in 1952 (which was an unqualified success), and continuing up to the most recent ad campaigns for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in 2016, coming to Video Data Bank very soon! Political Advertisement IX will screen Friday, November 4th at the School of Visual Arts, NYC.


VDB at the 2016 New York Film Festival

Video Data Bank’s very own Distribution Manager, Zach Vanes, was present at last weekend’s packed Projections program at the 2016 New York Film Festival! He gives us a quick rundown of the happenings at this exciting moving image festival.

“There’s nothing quite like Projections at the New York Film Festival. The audience assembled in the Film Society of Lincoln Center was made up of colleagues and friends, and each program offered new insights into the possibilities of the moving image. It was wonderful to see Video Data Bank artists like Sky Hopinka, Jesse McLean, Steve Reinke, and Deborah Stratman present their work to sold out crowds. It was truly a great weekend for experimental video, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the program.”

— Zach Vanes


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Video Data Bank believes in the unique vitality of our moving image community, a belief that we share with our artists, customers, and partners. As a non-profit organization, Video Data Bank relies on the generosity of individuals like you who believe that video art and artists are worthy of investment.

As part of our 40th Anniversary celebrations we are releasing a selection of limited edition merchandise! These include stylish tote bags (perfect for carrying your VDB rentals), stickers and buttons to show the world you care about video and media art. We are offering these to VDB donors throughout our anniversary year, but hurry, as stocks are limited!


VDB TV presents:

CHANNELING: an invocation of
spectral bodies and queer spirits

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VDB TV Presents: CHANNELING: an invocation of spectral bodies and queer spirits

As part of Video Data Bank’s ongoing commitment to the presentation of groundbreaking moving image art, VDB TV presents this free online program that provides an entryway into the spirit realm and the queer body politic. This program, curated by cultural agitators Latham Zearfoss and Ethan White, summons the ghosts of the past and the specters of the future. Originally released as a compilation in 2008, the video works have been revisited by the curators who provide new insight into this culturally relevant program:

“While the spectrum of what is visible — and therefore legible, validated by mainstream consensus — may have shifted slightly in the last eight years, the questions raised by CHANNELING still inhabit the shadows and gray areas. The “political and historical dramas that haunt the queer experience” — i.e. the spectral bodies and queer spirits we sought to evoke in this program — have not been properly put to rest.”

— Latham Zearfoss and Ethan White

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 from around the world. To advance accessibility to the VDB collection, all programs included within VDB TV feature closed captions for the hearing impaired.
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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 Artist News — Fall 2016

Socially engaged artist Suzanne Lacy‘s 18-month project Shapes of Water Sounds of Hope at Brierfield Mill, Lancashire, UK, receives a warm write-up by Laura Robertson for this month’s Frieze Magazine.

VDB artists including George Barber, Kevin Jerome Everson, Louis Henderson, Michael Robinson, and Deborah Stratman are screening works at Experimenta, the artists’ moving image section of the 2016 London Film Festival, October 6-16th.

Shelly Silver‘s documentary in complete world will be shown at the Whitney Museum of Art, NYC, and followed by a discussion between Silver and activist Louis Massiah, on the meanings of citizenship in the 21st Century, October 14th. Additionally Video Data Bank is offering this title for free to any interested screening venue until November 8th, contact info@vdb.org for more information.

Filmmaker Jim Finn‘s title Chums from Across the Void will screen at the 2016 Vienna International Film Festival on October 20th.

As part of the ongoing series Artists’ Film Club at London’s Institute of Contemporary Art, moving image practitioner Dani Leventhal will screen a selection of recent works, followed by a Q&A led by Mason Leaver-Yap on October 27th.

Writer and filmmaker Renée Green will screen her video Partially Buried as part of a program that surveys the influence and impact of artists supported by gallerist and patron Virginia Dwan, entitled Of Minimalists and Land Artists, at the National Gallery of Art, October 29th.

Berlin-based artist Rosa Barba is currently exhibiting her film Disseminate and Hold as part of an installation at the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo through December 11th 2016. Barba also has a solo exhibit Blind Volumes currently on show at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, through January 8th 2017.

Video Data Bank at the 54th New York Film Festival

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The New York Film Festival, now in its 54th year, runs September 30th to October 16th, 2016. This year marks the third year of the Festival’s unique celebration of experimental media: Projections.

The New York Film Festival’s Projections section presents an international selection of artists’ film and video work that expands upon our notions of what the moving image can do and be. Drawing on a broad range of innovative modes and techniques, including experimental narratives, avant-garde poetics, crossovers into documentary and ethnographic realms, and contemporary art practices, Projections brings together a diverse offering of short, medium, and feature-length work by some of today’s most vital and groundbreaking filmmakers and artists. Projections is curated by Dennis Lim (Director of Programming, Film Society of Lincoln Center), Aily Nash (independent curator), while Thomas Beard (Film Society Programmer at Large) serves as Program Advisor.

VDB is thrilled that the 2016 Projections program will highlight a number of VDB titles and artists, including:

  • Rosa Barba, Bending to Earth (2015) [Program 1 – October 7th & 8th]
  • Kevin Jerome Everson, Ears, Nose and Throat (2016) [Program 2 – October 7th & 8th]
  • Sky Hopinka, Jáaji Approx. (2015) [Program 2 – October 7th & 8th]
  • Jesse McLean, See a Dog, Hear a Dog (2016) [Program 1 – October 7th & 8th]
  • John Smith, Steve Hates Fish (2015) [Program 1 – October 7th & 8th]
  • Deborah Stratman, The Illinois Parables (2016) [Program 3 – October 7th]
  • Steve Reinke, A Boy Needs A Friend (2015) [Program 7 – October 8th & 9th]

Find out more about the 54th New York Film Festival by visiting the online festival brochure.

 

Video Data Bank at the 62nd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

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Video Data Bank has been a proud partner of International Short Film Festival Oberhausen for the past eight years, during which time the festival has solidified its reputation as one of the world’s most respected film events. The festival’s 62nd year sees VDB celebrating its 40th anniversary by presenting a selection of dynamic new releases, curated by VDB Director Abina Manning; Saturday 7th May, 12:30pm at the Lichtburg Filmpalast/Sunset Cinema.

Cecelia Condit
Pulling Up Roots, 2015, 07:36, Ireland, English, Color, Stereo, 16:9, HD video

Ben Russell
YOLO, 2015, 06:30, South Africa/U.S., English, Color, Stereo, 16mm

Dani Leventhal & Jared Buckhiester
Hard As Opal, 2015, 29:23, U.S., English, Color, Stereo, HD video

John Smith
Steve Hates Fish, 2015, 04:42, U.K., English, Color, Stereo, HD video

Sara Mageheimer
Slow Zoom Long Pause, 2015, 13:01, U.S., English, Color, Stereo, HD video

Videofreex
Portapak Conversation, 1973, 08:25, U.S., English, B&W, Mono, ½” open reel video

VDB Presents a Tribute to Harun Farocki – Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal

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The world of cinema lost a comrade in July with the sudden passing of Harun Farocki. Video Data Bank Director Abina Manning will present a tribute to the artist at the 43rd Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal.

Harun Farocki (1944–2014) was born in German-annexed Czechoslovakia. He began making experimental essay films in the mid-1960s, eventually producing more than 120 works, many of them using found images – educational films, equipment demonstrations, video games, war footage. Farocki’s longstanding social engagement was reflected in his work, whose primary concerns were society and the ways that images are used to shape a population. Video Data Bank is proud to represent Harun Farocki’s film and video work, and to present this retrospective in collaboration with the Festival du Nouveau Cinema.

HARUN FAROCKI: PROGRAM 1 
October 10th, 2014 – 7:00 pm
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Workers Leaving the Factory, 1995, 35:00, Germany

Inextinguishable Fire, 1969, 25:00, Germany

Interface, 1995, 23:00, Germany

In Workers Leaving the Factory, with nods to Chaplin, Pasolini and Lang, Farocki examines the factory gates as site of social upheaval. Perhaps his best-known film is the agitprop essayInextinguishable Fire, an examination of the production and use of napalm during the Vietnam War, the complicity of U.S. manufacturers, particularly Dow Chemical, and the role of labour. Commissioned by the Lille Museum of Modern Art to produce a video self-portrait, in InterfaceFarocki contemplates his own working methods, using gesture and montage to examine his changing production processes.

— Abina Manning, Video Data Bank

HARUN FAROCKI: PROGRAM  2
October 12th, 2014 – 3:00 pm
Salle J.A. De Sève (Concordia) 

In Comparison, 2009, 1:01:00, Germany

I Thought I Was Seeing Convicts, 2000, 25:00, Germany

Parallel I, 2012, 16:00, Germany

Bricks: all around us, perpetually unnoticed. In Comparison visits brick production sites to examine how increasingly mechanized modes of production have changed the ways that communities relate to their work and to each other. I Thought I Was Seeing Convicts uses surveillance footage from a Californian maximum-security prison to expose the chilling cruelty of the panoptic prison yard. When inmates fight, they are shot, and sometimes killed, by their guards. The Parallel series explores the image genre of computer animation; Parallel I focuses on trees, water, wind and clouds.

— Abina Manning, Video Data Bank

HARUN FAROCKI: SAUERBRUCH HUTTON ARCHITECTS
October 11th, 2014 – 7:00 pm – Salle J.A. De Sève (Concordia)
October 19th, 2014 – 3:10 pm – Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin A

What is now Farocki’s last “film-word final” is a sad reminder of what has been lost. An architectural firm is the type of workplace that is not often explored, for unlike what we see with other Gods of Faustian dimension (doctors, not warmongers), doubt often haunts the very actions of the language used to describe the decision-making process. Farocki eschews the impulse to invest in a query of scale, or an investigation of the miniature versus the mechanics. His camera finds the colours and the kids – the Sauerbruch Hutton team, based in Berlin since 1989, renowned for their fondness for hues and contours of colour applied to buildings and backgrounds. In the course of the visit, they embark on a bit of Meta, a virtual reality centre in Laval, a project that allows the user to engage with the fluidity of text as blueprint – the words “digital canteen” combined with bright sketches are spoken almost giddily, and Farocki’s gaze seems to greedily delight in this child’s play of ideas and the manual dexterity of the brainstorm.

– Madeleine Molyneaux

Video Data Bank at the 52nd New York Film Festival

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The New York Film Festival is currently underway, and this year marks the inaugural showcase of the Projections Program:

The New York Film Festival’s Projections section presents an international selection of artists’ film and video work that expands upon our notions of what the moving image can do and be. Drawing on a broad range of innovative modes and techniques, including experimental narratives, avant-garde poetics, crossovers into documentary and ethnographic realms, and contemporary art practices, Projections brings together a diverse offering of short, medium, and feature-length work by some of today’s most vital and groundbreaking filmmakers and artists. Projections is curated by Dennis Lim (Director of Programming, Film Society of Lincoln Center), Aily Nash (independent curator), and Gavin Smith (Senior Programmer, Film Society of Lincoln Center & Editor-in-Chief, Film Comment)

VDB is thrilled that the 2014 Projections program will highlight a number of VDB titles and artists, including:

In addition to these short titles Projections will premeire the 2013 feature Sauerbruch Hutton Architects, one of the last works by artist Harun Farocki. The savvy film documents the ongoing work of a Berlin-based architectural firm. “In this group portrait, the creators appear both as master rhetoricians and children playing with materials and colours. Through their changing opinions, what Farocki is questioning is nothing less than the relationships between word and matter — which inevitably finds a mirror of cinema in the renewed mystery of architectural art: producing form from discourse,” notes critic Charlotte Garson in her Cinema du Reel review.

Reality-Effects: Video Data Bank 6th Annual Showcase (May 18th)

On Sunday, May 18th, we will partner with Chicago’s Roots & Culture Gallery, to showcase a thrilling selection of new acquisitions of experimental video art. Join VDB staff for this free event as we share a few of the most exciting and groundbreaking works that we have recently taken into distribution.

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Reality-Effects: Video Data Bank 6th Annual Showcase

Roots & Culture
1034 N. Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60622 (Map)
773.580.0102
Sunday May 18th, 7:30 p.m.
Free (RSVP welcome)

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2014 VDB Showcase at Roots & Culture

Ursula Biemann, Deep Weather
2013, 8:58, Switzerland, English, color, stereo, 16:9, HD video

Water and oil form the undercurrents of all narrations as they activate profound changes in the planetary ecology.  Melting Himalayan ice fields, rising planetary sea levels, and extreme weather events increasingly impose an amphibian lifestyle on the Bangladeshi population. Gigantic machine-less efforts are made by communities to build protective mud embankments in the delta where large parts will soon be submerged and water is declared the territory of citizenship.

George Barber, The Freestone Drone
2013, 12:55, U.K., English, color, stereo, 16:9, HD video

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – drones – have become an everyday feature of contemporary military activity, replacing humans in reconnaissance flights, small-scale combat missions and covert operations. The U.S. Army operates some ten thousands UAVs – a six-fold increase during Obama’s term – deploying them over locations like Pakistan and Yemen. The Freestone Drone follows a mission from the point of view of the machine. The drone’s camera surveys cityscapes, encounters individuals, reports, and in flight becomes aware of its own utility and destiny. Drone operators routinely study the washing to learn about their targets – it is foretold that the Freestone Drone is to die entangled in a clothesline.

Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby, Here is Everything
2013, 13:54, Canada/U.S., English, color, stereo, 16:9, HD video

Here is Everything presents itself as a message from The Future, as narrated by a cat and a rabbit, spirit guides who explain that they’ve decided to speak to us via a contemporary art video because they understand this to be our highest form of communication. Their cheeky introduction, however, belies the complex set of ideas that fill the remainder of the film. Death, God, and attaining and maintaining a state of Grace are among the thematic strokes winding their way through the piece, rapturously illustrated with animation, still and video imagery.”  — Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby

Peer Bode, Front Hand Back Hand
1977, 2:57, U.S., English, color, mono, 4:3, 1/2” open reel video

“Actions, states, one B+W video camera, the Paik Abe Colorizer, a video switcher. The two states, a b a b, I put my hand in the camera frame and saw a colored hand shifting. I moved my, the, hand, including back and forth, realizing or connecting to the visual and language potential of front hand and back hand. Giving it some veracity, the pace became about attempting to keep up with the position changes together with verbally reciting front hand back hand, co-coordinating from hand to mouth and mouth to hand.” — Peer Bode

Harun Farocki, Parallel I
2012, 17:11, Germany, color, stereo, 16:9, video

Using the example of trees and bushes, water, fire and clouds, we compare the development of surfaces and colourings over the past thirty years in computer animation images. We want to document reality-effects such as reflections, clouds, and smoke in their evolutionary history.”  — Harun Farocki

robbinschilds & A.L. Steiner, C.L.U.E. (color location ultimate experience), Part 1
2007, 10:47, U.S., color, stereo, 4:3, DV video

Inhabiting the intersection of human movement and architecture, A.L. Steiner and robbinschilds (Sonya Robbins and Layla Childs) in collaboration with AJ Blandford, present a full-spectrum video, set to a score by rock quartet Kinski. Edited in succinct rainbow-hued sections, each sequence features robbinschilds in monochromatic gear, acting in psychedelic contrast and communion with their surroundings. The artists traverse through desolate desert landscapes, darkened parking lots, and geological formations, responding to the environment through choreographed duets. In a style that is obsessive, persistent, and often humorous, robbinschilds reveals their observations of the human imprint on the world.

Video Data Bank at the Chicago Underground Film Festival

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The Chicago Undeground Film Festival  is turning 21!  The festival is celebrating its legal age with a run from April 2 through 6 at Chicago’s Logan Theater.  

Founded in 1993, The Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) is a year-round organization dedicated to the work of film and video makers with defiantly independent visions. Unlike many other “independent” film events our goal is not to imitate old guard, market-driven events such as Sundance but Instead to focus on the artistc, aesthetic and fun side of independent filmmaking. CUFF promotes works that dissent radically in form, content and technique from both the tired conventions of Hollywood and the increasingly stagnant IndieWood mainstream.

VDB is excited that this year’s fest showcases a number of VDB new releases among them:

Video Data Bank at the Ann Arbor Film Festival

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The 52nd Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival runs March 26th through March 30th, 2014. The Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America. Video Data Bank is glad to continue its relationship with the AAFF through the administration of the the Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award for Emerging Experimental Video Artist. This award intends to provide support to the most promising video artist shown at the festival at the inception of her/his career. The prize, which will be awarded by the AAFF Jury, was conceived by the Aronofsky family to honor the late Barbara Aronofsky Latham, a Chicago-based experimental video artist. VDB artists participating in the festival this year include Pawel WojtasikKevin Jerome EversonBryan BoyceMichael RobinsonDeborah Stratman, Nancy Holt, Abigail Child, and Akram Zaatari. VDB Distribution Manger Ruth Hodgins will be in attendence from March 28 through March 30th.

The 52nd iteration of the Ann Arbor Film Festival includes a number of Video Data Bank new releases including: