New Releases

New Releases consists of the latest acquisitions to the VDB collections, be they contemporary works by artists, titles that are newly-preserved or edited that are now being made available to audiences, or recently released DVD Box Sets or compilations.
Sky Hopinka "Anti-Objects, or Space Without Path or Boundary"
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“The individual is not an autonomous, solitary object but a thing of uncertain extent, with ambiguous boundaries. So too is matter, which loses much of its allure the moment it is reduced to an object, shorn of its viscosity, pressure and...

 

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: city, environment, indigenous, memory

Adriene Jenik "The Sky is Falling"
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The Sky Is Falling... is the 3rd in an ongoing series of performances that make up The Data Humanization Project.

 

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: body, death and dying, documentation, landscape, media analysis, middle east, performance, technology, war

Sara Magenheimer - Art and Theft
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Magenheimer’s video explores the bounds of narrative and the illusion of received wisdom in the seven minutes and twenty-two seconds it takes to rob a house. Here, images of medieval art, popular cinema, and “live” news reportage speak...

 

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: art criticism, culture jamming

Frédéric Moffet "Fever Freaks"
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A detective is hired to find the original copy of a lost ancient book. The book recounts the tale of a plague. A form of radiation, unknown at the present time, activates a virus. The virus affects the sexual and fears centers in the brain and...

 

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: aids/hiv, death and dying, lgbtq, literature

John Smith: An Interview
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John Smith, throughout his 40-year career, has approached the moving image from film, video and installations, generating a tremendous body of work that’s as diverse in its topics as it is in its methods. Weaving between early structuralist film...

 

Collection: New Releases, Interviews, Single Titles

Tags: diary, european film/video, experimental film, film or videomaking, humor, language, vdb interviews

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Rosa Barba’s work Disseminate and Hold investigates man-made geographies and landscapes, and how these are often deeply enmeshed with political agendas and utopian visions.

 

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: landscape, politics

Ephraim Asili "Many Thousands Gone"
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Filmed on location in Salvador, Brazil (the last city in the Western Hemisphere to outlaw slavery) and Harlem, NY ( an international stronghold of the African Diaspora), Many Thousands Gone draws parallels between a summer afternoon on...

 

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: african-american, experimental film, memory, migration, music, post-colonialism, race

Ephraim Asili "Points on a Space Age"
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“A documentary about the Arkestra, but it's one whose presentation reflects the multilevel approach Sun Ra had to music and life in general. Jump cuts and split screens dot the visual stream with home movie footage from the Arkestra in Egypt...

 

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: african-american, future, magic, music, poetry, politics, post-colonialism, race, religion/spirituality, science

Ephraim Asili "American Hunger"
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Oscillating between a street festival in Philadelphia, the slave forts and capitol city of Ghana, and the New Jersey shore, American Hunger explores the relationship between personal experience and collective histories. American...

 

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: african-american, experimental film, memory, migration, post-colonialism, race, time