Video Data Bank Newsletter ::: October 2013

Happy fall, friends of VDB! This month we announce: 17 previously unavailable titles by George Kuchar newly added to the Kuchar Archive, the wonderful box set ETC: Experimental Television Center 1969 – 2009 is available for purchase, the newest installment of VDB Asks... and much more.

Newly Available from the Kuchar Archive
17 Titles by George Kuchar

VDB is happy to announce that 17 titles from 1982 - 2009 by the prolific artist George Kuchar have been added to the Kuchar Archive and are available for distribution. These titles include many of Kuchar's infamous student productions including his take on a Love Boat story gone terribly wrong in La Verbotene Voyage (1989), and a rare foray into the musical genre with Billion Dollar Bimbo: A Musical (1993). There are also a number of George's video diaries including Xmas 1986 (1986) and The Plucking of the Succulents (1989), which documents a trip to Francis Ford Coppola's vineyard.

VDB is committed to preserving the work and legacy of our late friend George Kuchar and we are grateful to the Harvard Film Archive for their assistance in this project. For the full list of newly available titles, including descriptions and clips of each of the works, please visit our website.

Also available for institutional and home purchase is The World of George Kuchar,a 5-DVD box set produced by VDB.

ETC: Experimental Television Center 1969 – 2009

5-DVD box set, with 132-page catalog. Total running time: 19 hours

Video Data Bank is delighted to offer ETC: Experimental Television Center 1969-2009, a five-DVD box set presenting the electronic media work of over one hundred artists who worked in ETC’s Residency Program over a 40-year period. The collection offers a look at the evolution of the unique artist-designed sound and image tools that are the hallmark of the center’s studio, and provides a view into the constantly changing artistic processes and practices that have shaped the work over the years.

This set contains works by the first generation of video and film artists – including Peer Bode, Barbara Hammer, Gary Hill, Abigail Child, Jud Yalkut and Aldo Tambellini – as well as contemporary works by Marisa Olson, Kristin Lucas, Lynne Sachs and Mark Street. The works have been widely exhibited internationally, and received awards from festivals around the world. The box set is for sale to institutions and for home use. Visit our website for more information.

Thanks to the generosity of the Experimental Television Center, proceeds from all sales of the DVD box set will go towards the preservation of early video art works at VDB.

VDB Asks... Jennet Thomas

In conjunction with the recent release of The Advice Shape, we are pleased to share a special online conversation with Jennet Thomas about her background and work.

Can you tell us something about your background?

I was born into a family of scientists in the small town of Hatfield, Hertfordshire in South East England. My Dad, a Physicist, was always conducting experiments around the house…. his little meccano machines working away in the utility room. I was the only arty one in the family and enjoyed being 'different', and my family were supportive. We spent a year in Ohio when I was a young kid, where I would be given free sweets in the store if I would speak some more in that cute, strange accent.  School in England was okay - a modern State-run Girl's Grammar - only when my bullying nemeses Jackie Stalker left. Jackie, I hope your shit came back to hit you.

What inspired you to become an artist? To use video?

I was always going to be a painter or a writer as drawing and writing stories opened up new worlds and gave me power. I didn't know anyone who was an artist but I liked David Bowie and Samuel Beckett. I didn't know that people like me could make films when I was young - this was back in the analogue age. Read More

For more information about Jennet's work, including titles in distribution, descriptions and clips, visit her artist's page at!

VDB at Views From the Avant-Garde

The 17th edition of Views from the Avant-Garde at the 51st New York Film Festival just concluded and we were thrilled to be on hand for the event. The wide-ranging program curated by Mark McElhatten included the following titles in distribution through VDB:

Movies Gaza - Basma Alsharif
Burrow-cams - Sam Easterson
Christmas with Chávez - Jim Finn
Platonic - Dani Leventhal
The Invisible World - Jesse McLean
Let Us Persevere In What We Have Resolved Before We Forget - Ben Russell
Dad's Stick - John Smith

Additionally, new work was shown from Bobby Abate, Stephanie Barber, Abigail Child, Kevin Jerome Everson, Michael Robinson, Deborah Stratman, Leslie Thornton, and Paweł Wojtasik! It was a great start to a busy festival season for VDB artists.  Read the Artist News below and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the most up-to-date news on where you can see these excellent works.

Artist News

Jesse McLean will be featured in a "Show & Tell" at Anthology Film Archives on October 17th.  The program will feature six pieces including The Burning Blue, Remote, and The Invisible World and will be followed by a discussion with the artist.

Dani Leventhal will give an artist talk at UVP Everson on Thursday, October 17th.  The talk is in conjunction with her current exhibition Platonic, which will run at the Everson Museum of Art through October 26th.

VDB will be well represented at Antimatter Media Festival this year with work from: Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby, Sam Easterson, Jim Finn, Dani Leventhal, Les LeVeque, Steve Reinke, Michael Robinson, Deborah Stratman, Jennet Thomas, and Matt Wolf! Antimatter opens on October 18th and will run through November 3rd.

Mousse Magazine recently published a wonderful interview with Matt Wolf by MoMA's Stuart Comer.  Read it at their website.

On Sunday, October 20th, eteam will be teaming up with drummer Bobby Previte and writer Andrea Kleine for a reading of Buzz Cut that will incorporate elements of the video The Backup Tapes from Moon and Mars with live electronic sounds and spoken word. The event starts at 4:00pm at The Spotty Dog bookstore in Hudson, NY.

Paul Chan will be featured as part of this season's Committed Cinema program at the Pacific Film Archive.  He will show two of his works on October 22nd and 23rd, and will be on hand for a post-screening conversation on the 22nd.

This year's Impakt Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands begins on October 30th and will feature Jesse McLean's The Invisible World, Bobby Abate's A Few Extra Copies, and Harun Farocki's Nothing Ventured.

VDB will be prominently on display at this year's Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur near Zurich, Switzerland. Participating artists include: Cam Archer, Bryan Boyce, Köken Ergun, Kevin Jerome Everson, Mike Hoolboom, Tom Kalin, Jesse McLean, Bjørn Melhus, Nicolas Provost, Martha Rosler, Ben Russell, John Smith and Matt Wolf. The festival runs November 5th - 10th.

A new book has been published about the work of John Smith. The 236-page monograph explores his work over the past four decades and includes essays by Ian Christie, Martin Herbert, Kathrin Meyer, and Ethan de Seife. The book is available now through Mousse Publishing.

Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival (CPH:DOX) begins November 7th and will feature work from Harun Farocki, Jim Finn, Brian Springer, and Christopher Wilcha.

On November 12th, Peggy Awesh will present a program of her videoworks with a discussion to follow at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The program will include her works The Deadman, Martina's Playhouse, and more.

The 30th Kassel Dokfest in Germany begins November 12th and features the work of VDB artists Bryan Boyce, Mike Hoolboom, Jesse McLean, Jessie Mott & Steve Reinke, Nicolas Provost, and John Smith.

Rosa Barba and Joan Jonas will both participate in PERFORMA 13 at Anthology Film Archives. Rosa Barba's 'Subconscious Society' runs November 14th-16th and Joan Jonas will be in attendance for a screening of VDB Artist Rima Yamazaki's new documentary Joan Jonas: Reanimation on November 17th.

New Releases

Single Titles:

Here is Everything
2013, 15:00, Canada/U.S., color, sound


2013, 22:00, Turkey/Germany, color, sound


Tristes Tarzan
2013, 21:00, U.S., color, sound


Reconstructed Recitation: Exercise 6
2013, 5:32, U.S., color, sound

2012, 4:56, U.S., color, sound


Just Like Us
2013, 15:00, U.S., color, sound


Tokyo Giants
2012, 22:00, Belgium, color, sound


2013, 20:40, U.S., color, sound

DVD Box Set:

ETC: Experimental Television Center 1969 - 2009


Book: Buzz Cut by eteam
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