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


Collection: Curated Compilations

Tags: African-American, Artist Portraits, Autobiography, Experimental Film, Future, Media Analysis, Memory, Middle East, Politics, Portrait, Self-Reflexive Video, Television, War

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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 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.

Included Titles

A Pilot For A Show About Nowhere
A Pilot For A Show About Nowhere is a two-channel video that examines the politics of television viewership, incorporating footage from a number of sources to create a plurivocal narrative. 


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: african-american, media analysis, memory, race, television

O, Persecuted turns the act of restoring Kassem Hawal’s 1974 Palestinian Militant film Our Small Houses into a performance possible only through film. One that involves speed, bodies, and the movement of the past into a future that collides ideology...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: european film/video, memory, middle east, sound, war

Matt Wolf, I Remember: A Film About Joe Brainard
Matt Wolf returns to Joe Brainard's iconic poem I Remember (1970) in this videowork. His archival montage combines audio recordings of Brainard reading from the poem, as well as an interview with his lifelong friend and collaborator, the poet Ron...


Collection: On Art and Artists, Single Titles

Tags: aids/hiv, artist portraits, city, documentary, lgbtq, poetry, portrait

In a city post-apocalypse, young men communicate only through smart devices. They make home out of urban debris. They can’t speak to each other, but are still able to dream.


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: city, technology, war

The Empirical Effect
"Living on the slopes of the volcano Vesuvius is a strange contradiction: always in stress and yet also sleepy, waiting for what might happen. In close cooperation with the Osservatorio Vesuviano and several inhabitants of the 'Red Zone' of the...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: environment, european film/video, history, landscape, nature

Storyteller recomposes aerial shots from the Las Vegas casino skyline to create a slick, artificial world, reminiscent of science fiction. At first glance, the viewer might think of jewelry-like space ships floating slowly through the universe....


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: architecture, film or videomaking, image processing, landscape, photography, science

Doug Ischar, Alone With You
At the heart of Alone With You is the notion of impassioned avarice, i.e. the kind of motivated acquisitiveness that drives both erotic desire and obsessive collecting.


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: art collectors, body, found footage, gender, photography, sexuality, visual art

Steve Reinke "Welcome to David Wojnarowicz Week"
Welcome to David Wojnarowicz Week is the follow up to A Boy Needs a Friend. Reinke proposes a new holiday with the motto MORE RAGE LESS DISGUST: David Wojnarowicz Week and takes us through his seven days of celebration.


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: death and dying, found footage, lgbtq, memory

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VDB TV: Decades