Tuesday, May 27, 2008

e-flux video rental opens in Lisbon

The latest iteration of the e-flux video rental has opened in Lisbon, for which I've selected films by Lutz Mommartz, Bodil Furu, Oliver Ressler, Nik Gambaroff, and Matt Sheridan Smith.

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

A project by Anton Vidokle and Julieta Aranda
Opening: May 21st, 19:00

May 22 - June 18 2008
Tuesday - Sunday 12 - 6 pm

Avenida de Berna, 45
1067-001 Lisboa
Level -1 of the Foundation Headquarters

Gulbenkian Foundation and Maumaus are pleased to present e-flux video rental in Lisbon.

e-flux video rental (EVR) is a project by Anton Vidokle and Julieta Aranda, comprising a free video rental, a public screening room, and a film and video archive that is constantly growing. This collection of over 750 works of film and video art has been assembled in collaboration with more than 100 international artists, curators and critics.

In the 1960s and 70s, artists were drawn to working with video in part because it was cheap to use and easily reproduced and distributed. But video art has become increasingly assimilated to the precious-object economy of the art market. EVR is a poetic exploration of alternative processes of circulation and distribution of video art, and it is structured to function like a video rental store, except that it operates for free. VHS tapes can be watched in the space, or, once a viewer fills out a membership form and contract, they can be checked out and taken home.

Orignally presented at a storefront in New York, in 2004, EVR has traveled to venues in Amsterdam, Berlin, Frankfurt, Seoul, Paris, Istanbul, Canary Islands, Austin, Budapest, Boston, Antwerp, Miami and Lyon. Following the its stay in Portugal, the project will travel to Brazil and Argentina. After these final venues, having outlived the technology that made it possible (VHS video tape players), the project will be permanently archived with the Arab Image Foundation in Beirut and Moderna Galerija in Ljubljana, in 2009.

Every time EVR is installed in a new city, local artists, curators and writers are invited to serve as selectors, choosing artists whose work is added to the collection. In addition, a special program of screenings of works from the EVR collection is part of the project. In Lisbon, the program will continue with the selections from In keeping with this, Maumaus and Gulbenkian Foundation have invited Miguel Amado, Jürgen Bock, An
a Pinto, João Ribas and Ricardo Valentim to select additional videos for the collection. [Read on..]