Sandwiched Between Trauma and Apocalypse: history as it intersects with biography and the rewriting of the past

01:14:55

Collection: Curated Compilations, New Releases

Tags: Media Analysis, Memory, Politics, State, The, Surveillance, Technology, Television, Time, War

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Sandwiched Between Trauma and Apocalypse: history as it intersects with biography and the rewriting of the past

VDB TV: Decades, The 2000s

An original program for VDB TV: Decades curated by Aily Nash.

"By relating history to biography in this way, we find ourselves snuggly positioned between trauma and apocalypse. It is between these two points that this program unfolds, each work radically reconfiguring this relationship between history and biography to make meaning of the present. These videos by Paul Chan, Ximena Cuevas, Jesse McLean, Steve Reinke and Walid Raad propose subjective rewritings of historical events, claiming agency over how these pasts are understood. The works variously articulate the irreconcilability of worlds — we live together in alternate, yet parallel realities."

— Aily Nash

This program is also avaliable on VDB TV: Decades, a unique five-disc compilation that casts a distinctive eye over the development of video as an art form from the early 1970s to the present. This five-disc compilation was released during 2017 in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Video Data Bank. Each program was curated by an inspiring artist, scholar or media arts specialist who has focused on a specific decade, diving into the archive of the VDB to create personal, distinctive, and relevant programs, accompanied by original essays and texts. 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.

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Hobbit Love is the Greatest Love
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A desktop video in five parts that modestly propose ways of existing with or against history and politics.

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: history, performance, politics

Burning Blue, The
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A video that observes the thrill, terror, and boredom found in watching mass spectacles, and the unexpected loneliness when you miss them. This video speaks of both the power and the failure of the televised experience to bind us to one another.

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: found footage, media analysis, television

Walid Raad + 1 other
2001 | 16:17
HOSTAGETHE
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Hostage: The Bachar Tapes (English Version) is an experimental documentary about "The Western Hostage Crisis." The crisis refers to the abduction and detention of Westerners like Terry Anderson, and Terry Waite in Lebanon in the 80s and early 90s...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: crime or violence, history, media analysis, middle east, post-colonialism, sexuality, war

La Tombola (Raffle)
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“Take back the airwaves: Mexico’s video art doyenne Ximena Cuevas books herself onto the tabloid talk show Tombola (Raffle), toying at first with whimsical deconstruction until she turns the whole affair on its head by seizing the televisual flow...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: autobiography, consumer culture, media analysis, television

RE: THE_OPERATION
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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...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: animation, crime or violence, media analysis, middle east, politics