Film on video is turning 40. In the mid-'70s, the Video Data Bank was formed to archive videos by or about artists. Located right here in Chicago, the VDB is now the leading source in the United States for contemporary video work. In 1995, the group put together a 16-hour collection documenting the first ten years of video.
The collection has just been reissued, and some of the works screen tonight at the Gene Siskel Film Center
, as part of its Conversations at the Edge series
. Eight Forty-Eight's
film critic Jonathan Miller
explains what you can expect to see.