Program: Thursday, December 12, 2019, 9pm - e-flux video rental at Bar Laika presents: Three films by Victor Burgin
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Thursday, December 12, 2019, 9pm          Bar Laika by e-flux, 224 Greene Avenue, New York, NY 11238, USA

e-flux video rental at Bar Laika presents: Three films by Victor Burgin

Victor Burgin, Listen to Britain, 2001

Join us at Bar Laika on Thursday, December 12, 9pm as we revist e-flux video rental (EVR), a seminal e-flux project organized in 2004 by Julieta Aranda and Anton Vidokle. This week, we present three films by artist Victor Burgin.

Listen to Britain, 2001, 7 minutes

The Little House, 2005, 09:10 minutes

Voyage to Italy, 2006, 08:31 minutes

Over the past thirty years Victor Burgin’s work has established him as both a highly influential artist and a renowned theorist of the still and moving image. Burgin first came to prominence in the late 1960s as one of the originators of Conceptual Art. In the 1970s his work consisted mainly of large-framed photographic sequences, involving printed texts either juxtaposed with or superimposed on the image. At the beginning of the 1990s he turned towards digital video, but video from the point-of-view of photography—for example, Burgin is particularly interested in the relationship between stasis and movement.

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This Fall we would like to revisit e-flux video rental (EVR), a seminal e-flux project organized in 2004 by Julieta Aranda and Anton Vidokle. EVR started with a handful of artists videos at a tiny storefront on Ludlow street and went on to become a video archive of more than 1000 films and single channel video works by more than 600 artists that traveled to more than twenty cities all around the world, until it finally found a permanent home in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Ljubljana in 2011.

EVR was conceived as an alternative means for distribution and circulation of video art. In spite of the fact that many artists of the 1960s and 70s were drawn to working with video because it was relatively inexpensive and easy to reproduce and distribute, the subsequent assimilation of video art into the precious-object economy of the art market has significantly limited access to video works. EVR began as a functional reflection and inversion of this process. Comprising a public screening room, a film and video archive that grew with each installation of EVR, and a free video rental shop, VHS tapes could be watched in the space or checked out and taken home once a viewer has completed a membership form.

We plan to view the entirety of the contents of EVR at Bar Laika in a series of weekly screenings. This may take a few years…

For more information, contact laika@e-flux.com.

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