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Point of View: An Anthology of the Moving Image

Curated by Video Data Bank

Point of View: An Anthology of the Moving Image, produced by Bick Productions (Ilene Kurtz Kretzschmar and Caroline Bourgeois) and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, was conceived to make accessible the work of some of the most important artists working in video, film, and digital imagery today. Point of View is the first commercially available anthology of its kind, serving as a point of entry to these new works, and as an ongoing resource for museums, universities, and art schools around the world. 

The Anthology consists of a boxed set of eleven all region DVD's, each containing a newly-commissioned work; an in-depth interview with the artist conducted by either Dan Cameron, senior curator at large at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, curator Hans Ulrich Obrist of the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville Paris, or Richard Meyer, Associate Professor, Department of Art History, University of Southern California; an image library of the artist's previous work; and biographical material. Subtitles are available in Spanish, German, Italian, French, and Japanese.

Generous Funding for Point of View has been provided by the Executive Directors: Jumex Collection, Mexico, and Blink Digital, New York, and Sponsor: The New Art Trust, San Francisco.

If you are interested in exhibiting the work on the set for any paid public performance, you must seek the approval of the artists.

# Title Artists Run Time Year Country
1 El Gringo Francis Alÿs 00:04:12 2003 Belgium
2 Le Moment David Claerbout 00:02:44 2003 Belgium
3 Over My Shoulder Douglas Gordon 00:13:48 2003 United Kingdom
4 Blind Spot Gary Hill 00:12:27 2003 United States
5 Waltz Joan Jonas 00:06:24 2003 United States
6 Encore (Paradise Omeros: Redux) Isaac Julien 00:04:38 2003 United Kingdom
7 Automatic Writing William Kentridge 00:02:38 2003 United States
8 I Want to See How You See Pipilotti Rist 00:04:48 2003 United States
9 Time After Time Anri Sala 00:05:22 2003 United States

El Gringo

Francis Alÿs
2003 | 00:04:12 | Belgium | English | Color | Stereo | |
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In El Gringo, viewers experience the discomfort of being an outsider when the camera is confronted by a pack of snarling dogs.

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Le Moment

David Claerbout
2003 | 00:02:44 | Belgium | English | Color | Stereo | |
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Claerbout uses cinematic techniques to create a suspenseful journey through a dimly lit forest that reaches an unexpected conclusion.

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Over My Shoulder

Douglas Gordon
2003 | 00:13:48 | United Kingdom | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | Video
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In Over My Shoulder, Gordon uses hand gesticulations against a white sheet to communicate both violent and sensual emotions.

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Blind Spot

Gary Hill
2003 | 00:12:27 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | |
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A short encounter between the artist and a man on a North African street is slowed down, forcing the viewer into an intimate relationship with the subject and the shifting emotion seen in his face.

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Waltz

Joan Jonas
2003 | 00:06:24 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | |
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Jonas's performance piece, an homage to 18th century French outdoor theater, incorporates mythology as well as spontaneously occurring events into the narrative.

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Encore (Paradise Omeros: Redux)

Isaac Julien
2003 | 00:04:38 | United Kingdom | English | Color | Stereo | |
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This work opens with rich, color-saturated images of Saint Lucia, where the film was shot and the birthplace of Julien's parents. A scene of violence interrupts this setting, and the piece suddenly moves to the dark, gray, dismal world of London. The juxtaposition between a dreamlike paradise and an industrial wasteland suggests a displacement, as does the footage throughout of the sea. This stunning film features the voice over of Noble prize-winning poet and writer Derek Walcott, whose epic poem "Omeros" was an inspiration.

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Automatic Writing

William Kentridge
2003 | 00:02:38 | United States | English | B&W | Stereo | | Video
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Kentridge's hauntingly beautiful series of animated black and white drawings brings viewers into the artist's unconscious.

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I Want to See How You See

Pipilotti Rist
2003 | 00:04:48 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | Video
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Rist explores the macrocosm of humanity in a video art and music collaboration. A lyrical tale of a witch's coven is played over images of a person where each body part symbolically represents an area of the world.

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Time After Time

Anri Sala
2003 | 00:05:22 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | Video
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Literally depicting Point of View, Sala stimulates the viewers' senses of sight and sound by forcing them to concentrate on a single puzzling image until it is revealed in a surprise ending.

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