Video Data Bank is excited to present two original programs
of contemporary video art in partnership with the 
College Art Association's 102nd Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

 The programs are part of Uncommon/Commons, a project of CAA's Media Lounge ARTspace. Uncommon/Commons is an incubator for skills and knowledge-sharing that responds to the themes of the commons and 'commoning.'  The project includes two video programs curated by Jenny Marketou, an interdisciplinary artist, media researcher, and activist based in New York City, and Abina Manning, Director of the Video Data Bank at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Hilton Chicago
720 S. Michigan Ave
Joliet Room, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60605
Free & Open to the public

Program Screening - Wednesday, February 12th: 2:00pm
Program Screening - Friday, February 14th: 9:30am, 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
Program Screening - Saturday, February 15th: 9:30am

Curator's Discussion - Friday, February 14th: 5:30pm 
Join curators Abina Manning and Jenny Marketou in person.


Program One: "We Refuse their Fabulous Lies" (83 min)

This program consists of new and old single-channel works by video artists who use different methods of story telling—fiction and documentary, or both—to reflect and to witness intensively on some of the issues addressed in the forum, including data activism, race, war, violence (guns, home, urban, women, gay, labor, etc.), environment, human rights, civil liberties, and journalism. The artists' depictions diverge from the accounts generally provided by mainstream media; the superficially obvious is reshaped or reformulated—through performance, abstraction, fantasy, and absurdity.

Program includes work by Videofreex, Ursula Biemann, Rosa Barba, Basma Alsharif, and Harun Farocki

Program Two: "Invalid Data—Dreaming Through the Gaps" (78 min)
Media/mediation, technology, and collaboration… and all things between. 
Since mediation is everywhere, and involves both the physical (sea, air, earth, humans) and new media or electronic forms, how have the endless streams of pixilated film and videos changed the way we experience our "hypervisual" world? This compilation of artists' video appropriates material from social media platforms to address the issues surrounding the politics and proliferation of what Hito Steyerl calls the "poor image."

Program includes work by Rebecca Baron & Douglas Goodwin, eteam, Evan Meaney, Ximena Cuevas, Anthony Discenza, Les LeVeque, Stephanie Barber, Jesse McLean, and HalfLifers



Attending CAA? Visit Us! The Video Data Bank Screening Room is free and open to the public by appointment. We are located 1/2 mile from the conference hotel. [Map] Please call 312.345.3550 or email to schedule a time to view the work in our collection.  We are open Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm.

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago
112 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603

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