Video Art and Mass Incarceration

01:33:46 | 1 DVD

Collection: Curated Compilations, New Releases

Tags: Activism, African-American, Crime or Violence, Incarceration, Race, Social Justice, State, The, Surveillance

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Video Art and Mass Incarceration

The Video Art and Mass Incarceration compilation includes works from the Video Data Bank collection that focus on the rapid expansion of prisons during the end of the 20th Century in the United States. Since the time of slavery, the criminal justice system has been a continual source of racially-biased injustice and oppression, and the rise of mass incarceration serves as an expansion of those existing policies. The compilation showcases the ways that video artists in the 1990s used the medium as a means to understand the reality of prisons, and create a more equitable and collaborative dialogue between themselves and incarcerated people. Featuring the work of Lawrence AndrewsHarun Farocki, Annie Goldson & Chris Bratton, and Laurie Jo Reynolds, Video Art and Mass Incarceration connects touchstones of experimental video to the politics of the movement to defund policing and defend Black life.

The included works are further contextualized in the essay Video Art and Mass Incarceration by programmer Zach Vanes.

Included Titles

Annie Goldson + 1 other
1992 | 13:11
The Deathrow Notebooks
Deathrow Notebooks is structured around an interview with Mumia Abu-Jamal, a political prisoner who is on death row in Pennsylvania. Former president of the Association of Black Journalists, Abu-Jamal is a writer and creator of widely-broadcast...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: african-american, incarceration, politics, race

I Thought I was Seeing Convicts
“Images from the maximum-security prison in Corcoran, California. A surveillance camera shows a pie-shaped segment of the concrete yard where the prisoners, dressed in shorts and mostly shirtless, are allowed to spend half-an-hour a day. When one...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: crime or violence, surveillance

And They Came Riding Into Town on Black and Silver Horses
And They Came Riding Into Town on Black and Silver Horses looks at how media representations shape our perception of violence and violent crime, in effect creating racist stereotypes. Andrews suggests that the evidence against young Black men is...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: african-american, crime or violence, incarceration, media analysis, race

Space Ghost
Space Ghost compares the experiences of astronauts and prisoners, using popular depictions of space travel to illustrate the physical and existential aspects of incarceration: sensory deprivation, the perception of time as chaotic and...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: autobiography, chicago art, crime or violence, expedition/travel, family, incarceration, mental landscape, time