Upgrade Surveying the First Decade and Save 15%

VHStoDVDsurveySPIN.jpgLibrarians, 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 Newsletter ::: February 2017

Celebrating Black History Month

This February Video Data Bank honors the achievements of Black Americans and the central role of African American culture in U.S. history.  Video Data Bank is proud to showcase the works of Black artists such as Lawrence Andrews, Renée Green, Kevin Jerome Everson, and Ezra Wube whose works explore the African American cultural and historical experience, and continue to shape to the way African Americans are portrayed in the arts.  In celebration of Black History Month we’ve put together a list of videos which illuminate the complexity of identity and the representation of Black culture in contemporary video art.

ownerbuilt, 2013, 00:48:53
Lawrence Andrews

Hurricane Katrina and the ensuing aftermath destroyed Noel’s community and home. He is rebuilding, and as he rebuilds, he evokes the past through the enlistment of his personal archives. His memories are complicated by the tragic events that occurred on the Danziger Bridge on September 4th 2005.

Black Celebration, 1988, 00:17:17
Tony Cokes

Subtitled A Rebellion Against the Commodity, this engaged reading of the urban black riots of the 1960s references Guy Debord’s Situationist text, “The Decline and Fall of the Spectacle-Commodity Economy,” Internationale Situationniste #10 (March 1966).

Aquarius, 2003, 00:01:30
Kevin Jerome Everson

Aquarius is a film about horoscopes and hope, and coping with everyday life.

a/k/a Mrs. George Gilbert, 2004, 00:31:00
Coco Fusco

Fusco combines fictional and documentary source materials to reflect on the use of electronic surveillance against black intellectuals and activists in the 1960s and 1970s as part of covert FBI operations that bear a striking resemblance to the current Patriot Act-inspired activities of American law enforcement.

Know Your Enemy, 1991, 00:27:43
Art Jones

Through distorted audio and visual representations of interviews with music journalists, this video critiques the mass media’s treatment of the rap group Public Enemy, and accusations that their lyrics are anti-Semitic.

Notes On Gesture, 2015, 00:10:30
Martine Syms

Inspired by a riff on a popular joke “Everybody wanna be a black woman but nobody wanna be a black woman,” Notes On Gesture is a video comparing authentic and dramatic gestures.

Fred Hampton: Black Panthers in Chicago, 1969, 00:24:00
Videofreex

The Videofreex conducted this interview with Fred Hampton, the Deputy Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, in October 1969, just over a month before he was killed by the Chicago police.

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.

Continue watching VDB TV: Decades

The Electric Mirror:
Reflecting on Video Art in the 1970s

John Baldessari | Lynda Benglis | Simone Forti |
Nancy Holt | Paul & Marlene Kos | Barbara Aronofsky Latham
Susan Mogul | Keith Sonnier | William Wegman

VDB TV: Decades The Electric Mirror: Reflecting on Video Art in the 1970s

Taking inspiration from Hershman Leeson’s essay Reflections on the Electric Mirror, Farrell’s program concentrates on work from the first decade of American video art. Focusing on artists that were influenced by and who pushed against the televisual impulse, the works in this program derive from television both technologically and culturally, and serve as a catalogue of early experimentation with and in the closed circuit system.

Robyn Farrell is a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. Farrell has spoken widely on contemporary art and time-based media at institutions and conferences, including the University of Chicago, New York University, and the College Art Association Annual Conference.

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.

Video Data Bank at the 46th International Film Festival Rotterdam

IFFR2k17.jpg

This month, Video Data Bank continues its longstanding collaboration with the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). The 46th edition of the Festival runs January 25th through February 5th, 2016, with VDB Director Abina Manning in attendance. Please join us for the following special events at the festival:


Borderless and Black & White: DiNAMO Distributor’s Screenings
Black & White Saturday 28th, 3.30-5.08pm
Borderless Sunday 29th, 4.00-5.48pm
Cinema Location: Kino 4
justVDB will collaborate with international colleagues in the Distribution Network of Artists’ Moving Image Organizations (DiNAMO) to present two programs Borderless and Black & White, a collaborative showcase of works that play with issues of border crossing, permeability, and race. VDB is excited to include Joon Soo Ha‘s Just (2002) in Borderless, through a process of degeneration of both sound and image, Just endows the iconic American flag with new context and implication. Ezra Wube‘s Amora (2009) will screen as part of Black & White. This stop action animation is performed and documented directly from life to embrace the present.


2017 Bright Future Short Film Selection: Up Close and Out of Reach
Sunday 29th, 8.15-21.29pm
Monday 30th, 4.00-5.14pm
Cinema Location: Kino 4

Welcome to David Wojnarowicz Week, Steve Reinke
Reinke proposes a new holiday with the motto MORE RAGE LESS DISGUST: David Wojnarowicz Week and takes us through his seven days of celebration.


2017 Bright Future Short Film Selection: Language, Gestures, Movements
Saturday 28th, 4.00-5.10pm
Cinema Location: Cinerama 2
Monday 30th, 2.00-3.10pm
Cinema Location: Kino 4

See a Dog, Hear a Dog, Jesse McLean
Taking its title from a sound design maxim and using it as a conceit to grasp the desire for connection, See A Dog, Hear A Dog probes the limits and possibilities of communication.


2017 Bright Future Short Film Selection: Cardinal Directions
Friday 27th, 8.00-7.09pm
Cinema Location: Cinerama 2
Sunday 29th, 11.30-12.39pm
Cinema Location: Kino 4

The Sea is History, Louis Henderson
The film is a materialist and animist critique of the monumentalization of European colonial history, reading the past instead as something intimately entangled within the present — as a living and mutational thing made up of the living and the dead.


Other VDB artists featured at IFFR include Rosa BarbaeteamKevin Jerome Everson, Mike Hoolboom, Nicolas Provost, Jayce Salloum, Semiconductor, and Matt Wolf.  Huge congratulations to all those who will be featured in competition and thematic programming throughout the festival!

VDB TV: Decades “The Electric Mirror: Reflecting on Video Art in the 1970s” Launches Today!

d705f807-c13a-4111-88ff-eb2e83d289e1.jpg

VDB TV: Decades
The Electric Mirror:
Reflecting on Video Art in the 1970s

John Baldessari | Lynda Benglis | Simone Forti |
Nancy Holt | Paul & Marlene Kos | Barbara Aronofsky Latham
Susan Mogul | Keith Sonnier | William Wegman

VDB_TV_Electric_Mirror-1.jpg

VDB TV: Decades The Electric Mirror: Reflecting on Video Art in the 1970s

Taking inspiration from Hershman Leeson’s essay Reflections on the Electric Mirror, Farrell’s program concentrates on work from the first decade of American video art. Focusing on artists that were influenced by and who pushed against the televisual impulse, the works in this program derive from television both technologically and culturally, and serve as a catalogue of early experimentation with and in the closed circuit system.

Robyn Farrell is a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. Farrell has spoken widely on contemporary art and time-based media at institutions and conferences, including the University of Chicago, New York University, and the College Art Association Annual Conference.

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!
Video Data Bank is pleased to offer a subscription package to VDB TV: Decades, a unique five-part streaming series that articulates the development of video as an art form from the early 1970s to the present. This 5-disc compilation will be released, program by program, through Summer 2017, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Video Data Bank. Each program is curated by an inspiring artist, scholar or media arts specialist who will focus on a specific decade, diving into the archive of the VDB to create personal, distinctive, and relevant programs, accompanied by original essays and texts.

As a special introduction to this new and innovative project, we are currently offering a discount of 25% to those institutions subscribing to the entire series. DVD compilations will be sent to your institution bi-monthly for immediate access by students, professors, and librarians. VDB TV: Decades is the perfect accompaniment to VDB’s iconic anthology Surveying the First Decade: Video Art and Alternative Media in the U.S. 1968-80, providing another essential tool for deepening audience understanding of the development of video and media art over the past five decades.

Purchase The Electric Mirror: Reflecting on Video Art in the 1970s
Subscribe to VDB TV: Decades

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 Newsletter ::: December 2016

Video Data Bank Newsletter
December 2016

Catch up with VDB TV: Decades

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

Don’t forget to watch VDB TV: Decades this month. The first program in the series, The Whole World is (Still) Watching continues to stream through mid-January 2017. This exciting survey of the Nineties, curated by regular Artforum contributor Solveig Nelson, features important works by seminal artists including Dara Birnbaum, Tom Rubnitz, and Suzie Silver. The Whole World is (Still) Watching focuses on a form of double vision — seeing the 1960s through the lens of the 1990s — in American video art in the 1990s. It argues that the stakes of the 1960s in this later period corresponds to a sense of the unfinished political promise of nonviolent direct action, and in turn, the unfinished art historical promise of early video.

VDB TV: Decades, a five-part curated screening series exploring the VDB’s unique archive, casts a distinctive eye over the development of video as an art form. Streamed for free on the VDB TV platform as part of Video Data Bank’s 40th Anniversary Celebrations.

The Whole World is (Still) Watching: now available for purchase!

Due to popular demand Video Data Bank is proud to launch The Whole World is (Still) Watching on DVD. This compilation is the first in the five-part VDB TV: Decades project to be made available for educational purchase and will include a specially commissioned essay written by Solveig Nelson. Keep your eyes peeled for future releases in the coming months.

As a special introduction to this new and innovative series, we are currently offering a discount of 25% to those institutions subscribing to the entire series. DVD compilations will be sent to your institution bi-monthly for immediate access by students, professors, and librarians. VDB TV: Decades is the perfect accompaniment to VDB’s iconic anthology Surveying the First Decade: Video Art and Alternative Media in the U.S. 1968-80, providing another essential tool for understanding the development of video and media art over the past five decades.

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.

2016 Year-End Sale

Now is the time to add groundbreaking experimental video art to your library! Our DVD compilations offer multi-title collections showcasing the work of both established and emerging VDB artists. Produced with educational institutions in mind, these compilations offer students and faculty direct access to the video artists shaping the field of contemporary art today. Click HERE to browse titles.

Special Offer Valid Through January 31st, 2017

Use code HOLIDAY2016 for 20% off any Videoworks or Single Artist Compilation
Use code YEAREND16 for 10% off any other purchase

“Videos, much like languages, don’t exist in a vacuum.”

Video Data Bank sat down with Sky Hopinka to talk about his background, art practice, and future projects. His work has played at numerous festivals, including ImagineNATIVE Media + Arts Festival, Toronto; Images Festival, Toronto; Courtisane Festival, Ghent; Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor; American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco; Sundance Film Festival, Park City; Antimatter Film Festival, Victoria; Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago; FLEXfest, Gainsville; and the LA Film Festival, Los Angeles. We are thrilled to announce that Visions of an Island will be exhibited at the 2017 Whitney Biennial, New York City.

VDB Artist News — Winter 2016/17

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

Anchorage Museum (AK) presents The Kuchar Brothers Underground Holiday Party as part of their Polar Nights series. Enjoy a selection of the Kuchar Brother’s best Holiday Season videos on December 16th, 2016.

This year’s Venice International Performance Art Week is currently exhibiting Linda Montano‘s seminal work Mitchell’s Death along with Coco Fusco and Paula Heredia‘s The Couple in the Cage: Guatianaui Odyssey, a collaboration with Chicano performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña. The festival continues through December 17th, 2016.

Marlon Rigg‘s Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (No Regret) is on looped exhibit at the International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, through December 30th, in observation of HIV/AIDS Awareness Month.

Miranda July‘s The Amateurist will screen at New York City’s Anthology Film Archives alongside Arthur Ginsberg’s The Continuing Story of Carel and Ferd as part of the Voyeurism, Surveillance, and Identity in the Cinema series, December 18th, 2016.

The Arton Foundation, Warsaw, Poland, will exhibit the VideofreexProcess Video Revolution from December 30th, 2016 through January 31st, 2017.

Lucy Raven‘s first UK solo show at London’s Serpentine Galleries runs through February 12th, 2017. Edge of Tomorrow brings together a diverse selection of moving image works in a site-specific installation, including Deborah Stratman‘s Hacked Circuit.

Embodiment Abstracted: The Influence of Yvonne Rainer opens at Chicago’s Gallery 400, on January 13th, 2017. Featuring works by VDB artists Gregg Bordowitz and Yvonne Rainer Embodiment Abstracted moves the ordinary performing body central to Rainer’s approach in the 1960s into new territory. The exhibition continues through March 4th, 2017.

Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016 at the Whitney Museum of American Art (NY) continues through February 5th, 2017. Both the exhibition and expanded programming have included VDB artists Tony Cokes, Ben Coonley, Kevin Jerome Everson, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Martine Syms, and Leslie Thornton.

VDB Artists Showcased in Whitney Biennial 2017

whitneybi17

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.

The Whitney Biennial is the longest running survey of contemporary art in the United States, with a history of exhibiting the most promising and influential artists and provoking lively debate. The 2017 Biennial is the Museum’s seventy-eighth in a continuous series of Annual and Biennial exhibitions initiated by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1932. It is the first to be held in the Whitney’s downtown home at 99 Gansevoort Street, and the largest ever in terms of gallery space.

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

Whitney Biennial 2017 Film Program

“The Whitney revealed the 63 participants in its sprawling survey of what’s happening now in contemporary art—the new, the influential and the potentially provocative.”
The New York Times

“The 2017 Whitney Biennial Will Feature Edgy, Trending Artists in ‘Turbulent’ Times”
Artnet News

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


05d639d9-d973-48aa-b9be-04351203f53c

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

vdb_tv_channeling
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.
554bc881-2a33-4d9c-b2de-474c3b1a5490
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

20160920_nyff54_projections

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.

 

VDB Newsletter ::: September 2016

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

John Di Stefano | EMR | Hermine Freed | Elliot Montague
Shana Moulton| Jillian Peña | Aay Preston-Myint
Vanessa Renwick | Michael Robinson

vdb_tv_channeling

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.

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.


Martine Syms joins the VDB Collection

We are proud to announce the addition of artist and conceptual entrepreneur Martine Syms to the collection. In celebration, we are offering a 15% discount on all Educational Purchases of Martine Sym’s work for a limited period.

Martine Syms is the founder of Dominica, an imprint dedicated to exploring blackness as topic, reference, marker, and audience in visual culture. She has lectured at SXSW, TX; Walker Art Center, MN; REDCAT, CA; MoMA PS1, NY; and ICA London, UK. Her artwork has been exhibited and screened widely, including at the New Museum and The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; White Flag Projects, MO; ICA Philadelphia, PA; and 356 Mission, CA. Syms is based in Los Angeles, CA.

The recent acquisition includes the following single titles:
A Pilot For A Show About Nowhere (2015), Lessons: I-XXX (2014), Lessons: XXXI-LXI (2016) Memory Palace (2015), My Idol is Reality (2007), Notes on Gesture (2015)
“Syms is not just interested in television, but in a particular subset of degraded contemporary television: the sitcom. The centerpiece of Syms’s New Museum installation is a 25-minute hopscotch through the history of representations of African Americans in sitcoms titled A Pilot For A Show About Nowhere. The clips culminate in an imagined sitcom of her own called She Mad, which betrays a sense of dissatisfaction with the limitations of the form, even as she takes pleasure in its triumphs.”
Saul Austerlitz, New Republic

Use coupon code SYMS2016 for a 15% discount on Educational Purchases
on DVD and Blu-ray (expires October 30th, 2016)

Video still from A Pilot For A Show About Nowhere (2015). © Martine Syms. Courtesy of Video Data Bank at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Support Video Dank Bank During Our 40th Anniversary Year

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), and buttons to show the world you care about video and media art. We are offering these to VDB donors through our anniversary year, but hurry, as stock is limited!

Donate $50 and receive a VDB 40th anniversary tote bag

Donate $25 and receive a VDB 40 anniversary button


VDB Artist News: Fall 2016

VDB artist Ben Russell will present a series of works including Let Us Persevere In What We Have Resolved Before We Forget, YOLO, and HE WHO EATS CHILDREN as part of the Indigo Festival of Contemporary Ideas Ljubljana, Slovenia, this September. Other work being screened at the festival includes Images of the World and the Inscriptions of War by the late Harun Farocki.

The National Center for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, will exhibit George Kuchar‘s epic melodrama A Fatal Desire through October 2016. VDB artist Steve Reinke will also present on Kuchar’s expansive body of work during the exhibition on October 28th.

A 1984 interview of contemporary art critic Craig Owens conducted by VDB founders Lyn Blumenthal and Kate Horsfield will show at Galerie Buchholz, NYC as part of a new exhibition by Douglas Crimp, coinciding with the release of his book Before Pictures. The exhibition runs through October 22nd, 2016.

VDB is proud to co-sponsor Furry Friends a program starring the prized pets that inspired the work of underground cinema legends and twin-brothers, George and Mike Kuchar. From George’s early 8mm home movies of the family dog, Bocko, to Mike’s adoring portrait of their tuxedo cat, Lily, Furry Friends brings together eight pictures spanning 40 years. This program is presented in collaboration with the Gene Siskel Film Center and Iceberg Projects in conjunction with George Kuchar: Bocko, an exhibition at Iceberg Projects on display from September 17th-October 30th, 2016.

THINGS: a queer legacy of graphic art and play, featuring the work of Tom Rubnitz, opens at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries September 17th through December 11th, 2016. THINGS presents objects made by LGBTQ artists best known for their work in journalism, performance, film, and video.

The Stiftung Deutches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden, will present VDB artist Yvonne Rainer‘s Hand Movie as part of the exhibition Language, which explores the manifestations of language in all areas of our lives. Language opens September 24th, 2016 through August 20th, 2017.

The Scottish Queer International Film Festival will present Liz Rosenfeld‘s The Surface Tension Trilogy at the Center for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, on October 2nd. The artist will be present for a Q&A session directly after the screening.

VDB artists Martine Syms and Sara Magenheimer kick off the Fall 2016 Flaherty NYC season Wild Sounds with the program Voices From Beyond, screening October 3rd at Anthology Film Archives.