In Theme Song (Feb 2012 / Aug 2013), Kate Bowen (http://katembowen.com) attempts to seduce the viewer to join her in the space of the video, reacting to the pop songs she plays and performing a range of emotions related to remembered and possible romantic involvements. Watch an excerpt of the original work by Vito Acconci on the Video Data Bank website: http://www.vdb.org/titles/theme-song

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Every Acconci in the Video Data Bank

Alicia Chester

Vito Acconci’s canonical early video work engages hierarchical power struggles, sexuality, violence, control, and resistance. Every Acconci in the Video Data Bank started as a collaborative project by Alicia Chester and Andrea Slavik to remake every video…


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Vito Acconci’s canonical early video work engages hierarchical power struggles, sexuality, violence, control, and resistance. Every Acconci in the Video Data Bank started as a collaborative project by Alicia Chester and Andrea Slavik to remake every video by Vito Acconci in the collection of the Video Data Bank in Chicago, but with women and an HDSLR camera. These seem to be simple enough parameters to explore the intersections of performance and video and to ask: what does it mean to change the gender dynamic and remake Acconci’s work forty years later?

The videos are produced not with actors or people acting simply as stand-ins for Acconci, but with mostly female artists whose work resonates with the specific videos we match with them. Using Acconci’s original performances as scripts and working within set parameters, they are free to interpret Acconci’s performances as they wish. Some stray far from the original works, although the seeds remain recognizable. The results are collaborative performances created for video in which highly personal aspects of each person’s work and personality are tangibly present.

Demo reel (1m 28s): vimeo.com/56723617

Project blog: http://aliciachester.com/Every-Acconci-in-the-Video-Data-Bank-1

Every Acconci in the Video Data Bank featured on Make Space (August 2012): http://make-space.net/2012/08/23/alicia-chester/

Video Data Bank's collection of videos by Vito Acconci: http://www.vdb.org/artists/vito-acconci

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