Critical Writing Index

Before YouTube: Plunge into the archives of the Video Data Bank

by Ed Halter

Village Voice, Jan. 23, 2007

An article that compares the roots of video art as "rough new technology, proudly outside the gallery market system" with its transition into the more "corporatized" property of the museum world, and the resulting effect upon the way in which video art is chronicled and archived. The works discussed were a part of MOMA's program Feedback, a tribute to Chicago's nonprofit distributor Video Data bank and its founders Lyn Blumenthal and Kate Horsfield. The partners began taping a feminist video series in 1974, interviewing women artists. Soon after, the VDB was born, and continues today to distribute and archive work that is often experimental, political, alternative, and uncommercial.

ITEM 2007.004 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

SleepwalkersDoug Aitken

Louise Bourgeois

the Guerilla Girls

Sadie Benning

Miranda July

Elisabeth Subrin

Lyn Blumenthal

Kate Horsfield