Abina has worked to promote artists' film and video for more than 25 years, in both Europe and the United States. Prior to joining the Video Data Bank in 1999 she worked with a number of arts organizations in the UK., including the LUX Center, the London Film Maker's Co-op, London Electronic Arts, and Cinema of Women. She was Director of the inaugural Pandæmonium Festival of Moving Images, a major European exhibition presented at the Institute for Contemporary Arts in London showcasing film, video, gallery installations, and multi-media works. Abina has participated in many international film and video festivals and art fairs as a juror, panelist, curator, and advisor, and has worked on collaborative projects with arts venues internationally. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Philosophy from Middlesex University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Film and Television from the University of Westminster, London.
Tom manages technical services at the Video Data Bank, and is responsible for fulfilling orders and organizing the collection. His activities involve cataloging, preservation, digitization, dubbing, and maintaining equipment. He works closely with the Media Producer on digital projects and oversees Graduate Assistants who work on the shipping, receiving, and production of tapes and files. In addition, Tom collaborates in running the Butcher Shop, an artist run studio space. He received a Bachelor's degree in Art and Anthropology from Oberlin College, and a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois. He is also an active member of AMIA, the Association of Moving Image Archivists.
Kristin assists the Collection Manager with digitizing and cataloging VDB's analog videotape holdings, and helps to prepare works for distribution. Kristin received her MA at New York University’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program. Although now a Chicago resident, she continues to serve as a co-director of XFR Collective, a non-profit organization based in NYC offering digitization services through a co-op model. She is also the Bay Area Video Coalition’s Coordinator for the AV Artifact Atlas, a community-based online resource used to identify and describe anomalies found in audio and video signals. Focusing on material and intellectual accessibility, Kristin has worked as a preservation and archival consultant for independent content creators and caretakers of AV materials, and conducted project-based work with organizations such as the New Museum (XFR STN exhibition), Deep Dish TV, the Standby Program, as well as the Fundación Patrimonio Filmico Colombiano in Bogotá, and the Universidad Católica del Uruguay in Montevideo, through NYU’s Audiovisual Preservation Exchange (APEX) program.
Working under the direction of the Collection Manager, Lauren supervises the production of digital media and delivery systems, as well as working on the design and operation of the website and printed materials. Lauren has worked on a number of video art related projects including her work at Filmform in Stockholm, Sweden. She has also assisted in the editing essays and photographs for various publications including the Swedish avant garde film magazine OEI. Outside of the VDB, Lauren maintains her own creative practices as well as manages the design and upkeep of a number of other websites. She has Bachelor's degrees in Journalism and Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago and an MA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
As Development and Marketing Manager, George leads VDB’s promotional and development efforts, manages the submissions and acquisitions process, and is responsible for the organization's external community relations.
Before his position at VDB George was the project coordinator for PAHC / studio where he oversaw research and management of studio projects for artist and philanthropist Paula Crown. He was the founder and director of FLATspace, a curatorial project created to further the professional development of early-career practitioners across Chicagoland and foster connections with the academic community.
George has curated and administered numerous exhibitions and moving image programs for institutions such as Conversations at the Edge, Chicago Urban Art Society, Rapid Pulse International Performance Festival, and University of the Arts London. He has also worked for a number of arts organizations in both the USA and UK including Matt’s Gallery, London; Electronic Arts Intermix, New York City; and Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago.
Zachary's role as Distribution Manager involves overseeing orders and inquiries regarding purchases and rentals, artist and client services, and coordinating exhibitions and screenings with national and international arts organizations.
He received a BA in Film Studies and English Literature from DePauw University. Over the past few years, Zachary has worked with some of Chicago’s most venerated film institutions including Kartemquin Films, Doc Films, and Music Box Theatre. At the Chicago International Film Festival, he helped organize the documentary competition, introduced screenings, and led Q&A sessions with filmmakers. Zachary is currently pursuing a Masters in Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.