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Vaginal Davis: An Interview
Part of the Series: Video Data Bank On Art & Artists: Performance
In this interview, American artist, independent curator, writer, and experimental filmmaker, Vaginal Davis reflects on her initiation into the punk rock and art scenes of Los Angeles during the 1980s and 90s, her stylistic influences, and her ongoing efforts to…
Miranda July: An Interview
Part of the Series: Video Data Bank On Art & Artists: Media
Miranda July (b.1974) makes performances, movies, and recordings--often in combination. Her videos (The Amateurist, Nest of Tens, Getting Stronger Every Day) present complicated parallel narratives with characters who experience loneliness, exploitation, unexpected phobias, and often inexplicable relationships. July has also…
Laura Mulvey: An Interview
Part of the Series: Video Data Bank On Art & Artists: Criticism and Theory
Laura Mulvey published her seminal essay "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema" in 1975; it has subsequently become one of the most influential work in film theory. Using a psychoanalytic methodology to discuss spectatorship, it was groundbreaking in its feminist critique…
Eileen Myles: An Interview
Part of the Series: Video Data Bank On Art & Artists: Criticism and Theory
In this interview, American writer, artist, performer Eileen Myles (b.1949) discusses the various philosophies that motivate her work, including the language of film, embodied performance, and the alienation evoked by bodily vulgarity. Myles links her wide range of artistic and…
Trinh T. Minh-ha: An Interview
Part of the Series: Video Data Bank On Art & Artists: Media
Originally trained as a musical composer, receiving her MFA and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Trinh T. Minh-ha (b. 1952) is a world-renowned documentary feminist filmmaker and expert on avant-garde and third world post-colonial film theory. In 1970,…
Karen Finley: An Interview
Part of the Series: Video Data Bank On Art & Artists: Performance
Karen Finley is well known for her confrontational monologues, often performed in clubs and bars, which exploit the stereotype of the hysterical woman to address the sexual and political taboos associated with femininity. Using a variety of unusual props, such…
Pat Steir 1993: An Interview
Part of the Series: Video Data Bank On Art & Artists: Painting
Pat Steir (b.1938) is an American painter and printmaker whose work has resisted artworld currents and factions for decades, while expanding its reach and maintaining enthusiastic critical support. She graduated from Pratt in 1962, and in 1964 was included in…
Tehching Hsieh: An Interview
Part of the Series: Video Data Bank On Art & Artists: Performance
At the age of twenty-four, Taiwanese artist Tehching Hsieh (b.1950), moved to New York, where he has created and documented time-specific, conceptual art performances since the 1970s. In this interview, Hsieh discusses his formative years and philosophical moorings. This dialogue…
Peggy Ahwesh 2007: An Interview
Part of the Series: Video Data Bank On Art & Artists: Media
In this interview, American filmmaker, teacher, and video artist Peggy Ahwesh (b.1954) delves into the key figures and primary texts that have inspired her work in Super-8 and video since the 1970s. She discusses her early influences as a member…
Victor Burgin: An Interview
Part of the Series: Video Data Bank On Art & Artists: Criticism and Theory
Victor Burgin (b.1941) is known as a highly influential artist and a renowned theorist of still and moving images. After 13 years in the United States, Burgin returned to live and work in his native Britain in 2001, taking up…
Robert Ryman 1993: An Interview
Part of the Series: Video Data Bank On Art & Artists: Painting
In this interview painter Robert Ryman (b. 1930) describes his artistic influences, recounts his work process, and assesses the use and meaning of painting, both in the 1960s and the 1990s. For Ryman, the focus of his work is not…
Terry Eagleton: An Interview
Part of the Series: Video Data Bank On Art & Artists: Criticism and Theory
In this interview, political and social theorist, Terry Eagleton (b. 1943), shares stories of his Irish upbringing and British education, and sums up his current engagement with art theory, leftist politics, and spirituality under capitalism. With reference to Henry James,…
Orlan: An Interview
Part of the Series: Video Data Bank On Art & Artists: Performance
French performance artist Orlan uses her own body as a sculptural medium. Since 1990, she has worked on La Reincarnation de Sainte-Orlan, a process of plastic surgeries that she "performs," making elaborate spectacles with surgeons dressed in sci-fi costumes and…
Kodwo Eshun: An Interview
Part of the Series: Video Data Bank On Art & Artists: Criticism and Theory
British-Ghanaian, writer, theorist and filmmaker Kodwo Eshun (b.1967) is known for his interest in the electronic mythology of sound. In this interview, Eshun discusses his desire to challenge the predominance of sociological inquiries into the historical and stylistic development of…
George Kuchar: An Interview
Part of the Series: Video Data Bank On Art & Artists: Media
Beloved by filmmakers such as John Waters and Todd Solondz, George Kuchar has been working with the moving image for nearly half a century. In the 1950s, Kuchar and his twin brother Mike began producing ultra-low-budget underground versions of Hollywood…
Jem Cohen 2001: An Interview
Part of the Series: Video Data Bank On Art & Artists: Media
In this 2001 interview, filmmaker Jem Cohen discusses the origins of his film philosophy, and the circuitous route he has taken in his pursuit of an anti-narrative film practice outside the mainstream. Cohen sheds light on the many influences that…
Carol S. Vance: An Interview
Part of the Series: Video Data Bank On Art & Artists: Criticism and Theory
Carole S. Vance is an anthropologist and writer and Associate Research Scientist of Public Health and Director of the Program for the Study of Sexuality, Gender, Health and Human Rights at Columbia University. She has written extensively on sexuality and…
Jeremy Blake: An Interview
Part of the Series: Video Data Bank On Art & Artists: Painting
Jeremy Blake (1971-2007) used digital media to create works that function on a flexible spectrum between being more painting-like or more film-like. He created continually looping digital animations with sound to be projected or presented on plasma screens. Blake often…
Nathaniel Dorsky: An Interview
Part of the Series: Video Data Bank On Art & Artists: Media
Nathaniel Dorsky's films are precise articulations of cinematic qualities: the surprise of an edit, the composition of framing, and the flash of the image. Dubbed the "filmmaker's filmmaker", Dorsky's work captures the fleeting moments of everyday life in its poetic…
Juan Sanchez: An Interview
Part of the Series: Video Data Bank On Art & Artists: Painting
Juan Sanchez (b.1954) explores his Puerto Rican heritage and the issue of Puerto Rican independence through his work as an artist and writer. Combining painting, photography, collage, and printmaking techniques, Sanchez's art joins images of contemporary barrio life with memories…