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

Steve Reinke, Jesse McLean, Walid Raad, Souheil Bachar, Ximena Cuevas, Paul Chan


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

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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