Hans Breder

TRT 01:09:30 | 1969-2014

Video Details
Hans Breder | 1980 | 00:02:30 | United States | English | B&W and Color | Stereo | 4:3 | 1/2" open reel video

This interview with a Mexican squatter in Oaxaca, Mexico is an example of the genre that Breder conceptualized as “aesthetic ethnography.” 

The Video Data Bank is pleased to announce the acquisition and distribution of the moving image works of internationally exhibited artist Hans Breder (1935-2017). In a career spanning six decades, Breder’s sensibility was expressed in and between painting, sculpture, photography, music, installation, video and film--each expression an invitation to subversive liminality and momentary transcendence. Breder’s work dissolves boundaries and manipulates perception, sometimes enticing, sometimes shocking the observer to an experience of liminality from which a realm of pure possibility may emerge.

One of the first video artists whose work was included in three Whitney Biennials, Breder founded the Intermedia Program in the School of Art & Art History at the University of Iowa in 1968 and directed it until his retirement as F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor in 2000. The internationally regarded program was built on Breder’s interdisciplinary inclination for intellectual and aesthetic collision.

The VDB has been working with Breder’s representative, Adam Burke (media artist and documentarian who worked as an assistant to Breder from 2014 to 2017), to preserve his titles and prepare them for distribution. To celebrate the launch of the Hans Breder archive at VDB, Burke and the VDB team have selected this program for VDBTV of six titles as a representative introduction.