Future-Past-Present: A Journey Through the Twenty-Tens So Far

Martine Syms, Basma Alsharif, Matt Wolf, Akram Zaatari, Rosa Barba, Nicolas Provost, Doug Ischar, Steve Reinke

Future-Past-Present: A Journey Through the Twenty-Tens So Far

VDB TV: Decades
2010s: Future-Past-Present

An original program for VDB TV: Decades curated by Omar Kholeif.

"How can one even start to articulate the conditions that determine the artistic output of a decade that has started to experience such violent rupture? How does one give voice to a decade that began with the utopia of post-millennial transparency only to descend into a whirlpool of continual lies? ‘Post-truth’ is the accommodating misnomer that has been instrumentalized by news media to articulate the ‘alternative facts’ that have been propagated by the presidential campaign and policies of the newly-elected President of the United States, former reality TV star and real-estate mogul, Donald Trump."

Omar Kholeif

This program is also available 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. 1968-80providing another essential tool for understanding the development of video and media art over the past five decades.

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