FEELINGS by VDB TV is online

robbinschilds and A.L. Steiner, C.L.U.E. (color location ultimate experience), 2007. Video still
Copyright of the artists. Courtesy of Video Data Bank.


VDB TV presents FEELINGS, a free streaming program curated from the 6,000 title-strong Video Data Bank collection by Brooklyn Rail film editors Rachael Rakes and Leo Goldsmith.

For this original presentation, Rakes and Goldsmith were commissioned to delve into the depths of the VDB archive especially for VDB TV, and what they discovered was a vivid selection of historic and contemporary works spanning 1980–2013—more than three decades of video art history.

The 97-minute program includes works by Basma Alsharif, Ben Coonley, Duke and Battersby, Kevin Jerome Everson, Dani Leventhal, Jesse McLean, Nicolas Provost, robbinschilds and A.L. Steiner, Dan Sandin, John Smith, and Leslie Thornton. These striking videos each examine a force of feeling which is beyond emotion or affect, and which often elicit physical sensation. In an original essay accompanying the program, the curators note, “These works find ways to touch—through noise and vibration, digitally and manually, with fingers and signs, both subliminal and liminal.”

About VDB TV
VDB TV is a rotating series of groundbreaking programs presenting essential video art, streaming free for the first time to the general public on the Video Data Bank website. From early media pioneers to extraordinary contemporary artists, VDB TV provides unprecedented access to the culturally significant VDB archive of over 6,000 video art titles. VDB TV is curated by prominent programmers and moving image art specialists from around the world. To advance accessibility to the collection, all programs included within VDB TV are close captioned for the hearing impaired.

VDB TV is supported in part by a Media Arts award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

About Video Data Bank
Founded at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 1976 at the inception of the media arts movement, the Video Data Bank is a leading resource in the United States for video by and about contemporary artists. The VDB Collection includes the work of more than 550 artists and 6,000 videoart titles.

The VDB Collection is available to museums, galleries, educational institutions, libraries, cultural institutions and other exhibitors through a national and international distribution service. VDB works to foster a deeper understanding of video art, and to broaden access and exposure to media art histories through its programs and activities. These include preservation of historically important works of videoart, the perpetuation of analog and digital archives, publishing of curated programs and artists’ monographs, the commissioning of essays and texts that contextualize artists’ work, and an extensive range of public programs.

Online through December 15, 2015