Video Data Bank Newsletter ::: November 2014

It has been a busy semester here at the Video Data Bank. Before the holiday season begins, we wanted to share with you our latest projects and news.

Watch Now! Online Showcase of Artist Interviews

We continue to celebrate the 40th year of the Video Data Bank's On Art and Artists  collection of interviews and portraits. Earlier this year we presented interviews with Marcia TuckerLucy Lippard, Ree Morton and Joan Mitchell, four of the seminal 1974 conversations that began this ongoing series. Online now through November 9th, VDB is pleased to showcase Agnes Martin: An Interview, the fifth and final of the historic 1974 dialogues.

Throughout November and December, we will highlight some of the more recent interviews produced by Video Data Bank in the On Art and Artists series. Check back each week for a new online presentation from this rich collection of video documents:

November 10th - Coco Fusco: An Interview

November 17th - Alfredo Jaar: An Interview 

November 24th - George Kuchar: An Interview

December 1st - Vaginal Davis: An Interview

December 8th - Martha Wilson: An Interview

December 15th - Gene Youngblood: An Interview

December 22nd - Eileen Myles: An Interview

December 29th  - Basma Alsharif: An interview

VDB New Releases: Fall 2014

Video Data Bank is thrilled to have acquired some fantastic new works for distribution this Autumn. If you haven't had the opportunity, please check out our full listing of New Releases  which includes:
Steve Reinke, The Natural Look (2014)
Video Data Bank, Kodwo Eshun: An Interview (2001)
• Harun Farocki, Sauerbruch Hutton Architects (2013)
Stephanie Barber, DAREDEVILS (2013)
 and many more...

New Format and Licensing Options

As video formats rapidly change, VDB offerings are changing with them! Regular customers of will notice that we have expanded checkout options to include access to digital files for screening rental, including DCPsIn addition we have increased the ease and availability for educational customers to add a streaming license to their purchase.  Please visit Pricing and Format Options for further information regarding current license types, or email the Distribution Department with inquiries.

VDB Asks...Louis Hock

In conjunction with the release of the four-part documentary series The American Tapes: Tales of Immigration, VDB is proud to share this online interview with filmmaker Louis Hock.

Hock's American Tapes series revisits the life and and times of four families whose stories of "undocumented" immigration he depicted in the 1986 series The Mexican Tapes: A Chronicle of Life Outside the Law. The new work of four one-hour episodes affords an intimate and long-term reflection on the ways in which immigration and citizenship have shaped their lives in the following three decades. Read more...

Artist Highlight: Louis Henderson

This Fall, VDB is pleased to welcome the work of artist Louis Henderson to the collection, including new releases Lettres du Voyant and Logical Revolts. Henderson is an English artist whose videos and writings engage with subjects such as post-colonialism, history, politics and anthropology. A graduate of London College of Communication and Le Fresnoy – studio national des arts contemporains, Henderson is currently completing a PhD at the European School of Visual Arts whilst in residence at la Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. He has shown his work at Rotterdam International Film Festival, CPH:DOX, Transmediale, the Centre Pompidou, Museo Reina Sofia, Tate Modern and Whitechapel Gallery, among others. 

VDB - Out and About

The world of cinema lost a comrade in July with the sudden passing of Harun Farocki. Video Data Bank Director Abina Manning traveled to the 43rd Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal to present a retrospective tribute to the artist. The curated programs screened there are available to order through, for those wishing to bring Farocki's unique vision to their local audiences.

VDB Collection Manager Tom Colley and Digitization Specialist Kristin MacDonough traveled to Savannah, GA to participate in the Annual Conference of the Association of Moving Image Archivists.  With over 550 annual attendees, the AMIA Conference is the largest gathering of motion picture and recorded sound archivists and interested professionals in the world. Also in October, Kristin presented recent research on quality control tools for video presentation at the Nashville Regional gathering of the Visual Resources Association.

Video Data Bank, Distribution Manager Ruth Hodgins traveled to the 52nd New York Film Festival to celebrate the inaugural Projections program. This experimental showcase included the work of a number of VDB artists including Kevin Jerome Everson, Deborah Stratman, Jacqueline Goss, Jim Finn, Ben Russell, Rebecca Baron, Basma Alsharif and Stephanie Barber.


Support Video Art and Artists!

The Video Data Bank operates a number of programs to support the furtherance of the video art form, including archiving, preservation, digitization, publishing and exhibition. As a nonprofit arts organization, Video Data Bank depends on donations from individuals to make our essential programs possible. As you plan your 2014 year-end giving, we ask that you consider supporting the important work we do to foster awareness and scholarship of video art and artists through a tax-deductible donation.

In any amount, we truly appreciate your gift. Please donate at via the secure online form. Thank you for supporting the programs of the Video Data Bank!

Artist News

Sunday November 23rd, Los Angeles Filmforum will present Jesse McLean: The Message is the Medium at the Spielberg Theatre.

The 2014 Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival will focus on the theme "Recycled Cinema: Films Made of Films." The program runs December 10th through 14th and includes  Michael Robinson's The Dark, Krystle (2013).

The Hirshhorn exhibition Days of Endless Time features the work of moving-image artists, who "emphasize slower, more meditative forms of perception." The show includes the Italian collective flatform.

Whitney Kimball recently interviewed Videofreex artists Skip Blumberg and Nancy Cain for the Art F City Blog: Their Own Private Lanesville: The Videofreex on a Decade of Pirate TV in the Catskills.

Last month, the National Gallery of Iceland opened the Vasulka Chamber, an archive and think tank that will preserve Steina and Woody Vasulka's work, and facilitate further research on media art.

Through January 19th, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina-Madre, Naples will present the first solo exhibition in an Italian public institution dedicated to the work of Walid Raad.

VDB artist, Thomas Allen Harris has received rave reviews and national recognition for his new documentary feature Through a Lens Darkly (2014). The New York Times writes,"Harris’s film is a family memoir, a tribute to unsung artists and a lyrical, at times heartbroken, meditation on imagery and identity."

Shelly Silver's TOUCH (2013) will be showcased at Columbia University's School of the Arts on Friday November 21st. A response from literary theorist and faculty member Gayatri Spivak and Q+A will follow the screening.

On November 12th the Dodd Gallery of the University of Georgia will showcase a program of work by Harun Farocki. The program will be presented by Mary Scherer.

The School of the Art Institute's Conversations at the Edge Program will showcase newly restored work by late VDB artist Tom Rubnitz in the program The X-Ray of Civilization: films by Tom Rubnitz, David Wojnarowicz, and Tommy Turner.  

The Vienna International Film Festival runs through November 6th, 2014.  This year's Viennale will include the Austrian premiere of Ben Russell's Atlantis (2014).

Rosa Barba is the artist-in-residence at the Rensselaer Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center. Join her November 11th for a  conversation about the speculative intersection between astronomy, art, and time with Heidi Newberg, professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy.

The Braunschweig International Film Festival runs November 11th to 16th and will feature Donigan Cumming's  Petit Jesus (1999).

The current MoMA exhibition Cut to Swipe highlights recent acquisitions by MoMA’s Department of Media and Performance Art, including Dara Birnbaum’s landmark 1982 installation PM Magazine.
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